Although Cuba still has political prisoners and dissidents are routinely arrested, Barack Obama asserts “change is going to happen.” The only change that has happened in the repressive dictatorship is that American taxpayer money is now flowing freely to the island nation.
On Monday, Obama, his wife, mother-in-law and daughters made an official 3-day state visit, including a meeting with Castro and a state dinner. The two men first met during a summit in Panama last year in which Obama made a laundry list of concessions including removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and lifting restrictions on U.S. investment and most travel to Cuba.
Arizona’s embarrassment, Jeff Flake, a longtime supporter of normalizing relations with the Communist regime was along as a Republicrat prop for Obama. He also traveled with Obama to Kenya as the lone Republican among a large congressional delegation and is back again as an Obama stooge during this trip — one of five submissive Republicans among 39 members of Congress. We were able to find the number, but no specific names.
Obama plans to address the Cuban people in a speech today and, always up for pleasure time, will take in an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National team. There’s not a chance he will demand the end of human rights abuses as he sips a Pina Colada with dictators.
It’s worth noting that the reliably liberal Washington Post wrote this scathing assessment of Obama’s actions at the onset of the restoration of full diplomatic relations. The editorial stated that Obama’s acquiescence “eliminated U.S. leverage for political reforms.”
Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ) the son of Cuban immigrants, recently spoke from the Senate chamber, taking a similar position: “The president has negotiated a deal with the Castro’s, and I understand his desire to make this his legacy issue. But there is still a fundamental issue of freedom and democracy at stake that goes to the underlying atmosphere in Cuba and whether or not the Cuban people — still repressed and still imprisoned — will benefit from the president’s legacy, or will it be the Castro regime that reaps the benefits.”
Menendez was a member of the infamous McCain/Schumer Gang of Eight amnesty coalition, that included Jeff Flake and now former presidential candidate Marco Rubio.