Cuba has been removed from the list of terrorist sponsoring nations, where it has resided for 33 years. Raul Castro demanded removal from the terror list as a condition for resumption of diplomatic relations. Have they done anything to warrant removal from the list? Not that you might notice.
While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation,” the State Department said in a statement.
The list, which also includes Syria, Iran and Sudan, is reserved for nations that repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.
The problem seems to be that Cuba is too broke to afford to support terrorism around Latin America as they once did. Resumed tourism will bolster Cuba’s ability to spread their influence. Investors reports that a Chinese-flagged ship called the Da Dan Xia is moored off Cartagena, Colombia after being detained by Colombian authorities in late February, They found 3,000 artillery shells, about 100 tons of explosives, 99 projectiles and 2.6 million detonators bound for Cuba on the vessel.
Raul Castro said that Cuba has no intention of changing its actions. It remains a Communist dictatorship, and its people get to live on $20 a month plus food rations. Liberals,according to Twitter, are excited about going to Cuba to see the charming crumbling buildings and ancient cars. That the people have been essentially prisoners for 33 years doesn’t penetrate the liberal mind. They are concerned about getting there before the charm is ruined by McDonalds and Starbucks. That people have died trying to escape doesn’t penetrate the liberal mind either.
The mysterious death of Ladies In White dissident Laura Pollan in a Havana hospital a week after she was attacked by a Castroite mob with some sort of poison handkerchief is highly suspicious. Even more suspicious is the mysterious car crash that took the life of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya.
A former Cuban bodyguard of Fidel Castro who published an expose this month identifying Castro as a drug dealer suddenly died from a “pulmonary ailment.” Is it wrong to think an investigation is warranted before Cuba is cleared of being a terror state?
Obama is lifting the terror designation for political reasons, not for reasons of security. What he thinks he is gaining remains a mystery. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the United States has done nothing except grant concessions to Cuba, making no demands on the Castro Regime. I guess Obama thinks this is an accomplishment.
Daniel Pipes explained:
As a man of the Left, Obama sees the United States historically as having exerted a malign influence on the outside world. Greedy corporations, an overly powerful military-industrial complex, a yahoo nationalism, engrained racism, and cultural imperialism combined to render America, on balance, a force for evil.
The Obama Doctrine is simple and universal: Warm relations with adversaries and cool them with friends.
Several assumptions underlie this approach: The U.S. government morally must compensate for its prior errors. Smiling at hostile states will inspire them to reciprocate. Using force creates more problems than it solves.
Filed under: Politics | Tags: Barack Obama, Cuba, Hezbollah, Incompetence, Iran, Mexican Border, Raul Castro
Americans envision the coming storm with pure dread, wondering why the Obama administration remains oblivious. Walter Russell Mead over at The American Interest zeroes in on the troubled mindset:
It’s hard to predict how events will play out, but the Obama Administration should have no illusions on one count: Iran must be taken seriously when it says it sees this negotiation as part of a struggle with an enemy. Liberal American diplomats often delude themselves that foreigners prefer them to conservative hardliners. They think that American adversaries like the Castro brothers or the Iranians will want to work cooperatively with liberals here, and help the American liberals stay in power in order to advance a mutually beneficial, win-win agenda. Thus liberals think they can get better deals from U.S. opponents than hardliners who, as liberals see it, are so harsh and crude in their foreign policy that they force otherwise neutral or even pro-American states into opposition.
What liberal statesmen often miss is that for many of these leaders it is the American system and American civilization that is seen as the enemy. … For the Iranians, it is our secular, godless culture combined with our economic and military power that they see as the core threat….
The mullahs in other words, don’t see blue America as an ally against red America. It is America, blue and red, that they hate and want to bring down. And while, like the Soviets during the Cold War, they may be willing to sign specific agreements where their interests and ours coincide on some particular issue, they do not look to end the rivalry by reaching agreements.
Things are not all that much different in Panama. Unfamiliar with history, he seems to think that helping Cuba to continue to abuse her people will be an accomplishment for his “legacy.” Raul Castro has already said that Cuba remains proudly communist, and he has no intention of changing the $20 a month allowance for the Cuban people. Obama’s opening up the relationship gives America nothing whatsoever, and expanded tourist revenue will simply further enrich the Castros — the Cuban people aren’t going to get any of it. So much for the Monroe Doctrine!
The days in which our agenda in this hemisphere so often presumed that the United States could meddle with impunity, those days are past,
Obama’s timing, as usual, is off, as is his understanding of events:
Over the last several years Hezbollah and its patrons in Iran have greatly expanded their operations in Latin America to the detriment of inter-American security and US strategic interests. Today, Hezbollah is using the Western Hemisphere as a staging ground, fundraising center, and operational base to wage asymmetric warfare against the United States. Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and other anti-American governments in the region have facilitated this expansion by rolling out the welcome mats for Hezbollah and Iran. US policymakers must increase their attention to this problem, expand their assets in the region, and develop a comprehensive strategy to combat this threat in a sustained and meaningful way.
Hezbollah is closely involved with the Mexican Drug Cartel, teaching them tunneling skills, and transporting Hezbollah operatives into the United States across the Mexican border.
“There is not, nor has there ever been, an Iran deal. The “framework the president announced last week was just a stunt.As yet another negotiations deadline loomed with the president plainly unwilling to walk away despite Iranian intransigence,congress appears poised to end the farce by voting to stiffen sanctions. The “framework” is a feint designed to dissuade Congress and sustain the farce.” That’s Andy McCarthy. He adds:
Iran has built its foreign policy around the goal of “Death to America” for the last 36 years. …With such a rogue state, there is only one negotiation a sensible nation — particularly the world’s most powerful nation — can have. You tell them that until they convincingly disavow their anti-American stance, cease their support for terrorism, release American prisoners, and acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, that there is no point in discussing anything else.