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"A Concession to a Tyranny": Marco Rubio Absolutely Blasts Obama's New Cuba Policy.....
“No commitment was made to allowing the establishment of political parties or to even begin the semblance of a transition to democracy,” he said about the announcement. “In exchange for all of these concessions, the only thing the Cuban government agreed to do is free 53 political prisoners – who could wind up in jail tomorrow morning if they once again take up the cause of freedom – and to allow the United Nations and the Red Cross to monitor conditions on the island.”
“These changes will lead to legitimacy for a government that shamelessly, continuously abuses human rights,” he said. “But it will not lead to assistance for those whose rights are being abused. It is just another concession to a tyranny – by the Obama administration – rather than a defense of every universal and inalienable right that our country was founded on and stands for. In short, what these changes are going to do is they will tighten this regime’s grip on power for decades to come.”
This president is the single worst negotiator we’ve had in the White House in my lifetime,” he said. “[H]e has basically given the Cuban government everything it asked for and received no assurances of any advances in democracy and freedom in return." .....snip~
"A Concession to a Tyranny": Marco Rubio Absolutely Blasts Obama's New Cuba Policy - Daniel Doherty
Personally, I have no issue with normalized relations. Listening to analysis by politico's it seems that, while we might have received some concessions from the Cuban government with respect to human rights, freedom of information and reforms in their form of government, we instead just handed them a bag of goodies and told them to have a nice time. One talking head, possibly Rubio, called Obama the worst negotiator in American history.
Right now my opinion is that this normalization is probably a good idea but clumsily handled and an opportunity missed. It's the kind of thing orchestrated by a community organizer, not an expert in foreign relations.
As more details emerge, my opinion may shift one way or the other.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
That you don't care about about changing our stupid policy with Cuba doesn't make it 'childish.'As an aside, seems to me that Obama is basically that unpopular kid in highschool who takes pleasure out of being an a-one asshole just to irritate everyone else. If you don't like him, he'll show you. You're going to have two years of this childishness. Get used to it.
U.S. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today blasted President Obama's decision to begin re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing economic restrictions imposed on the communist country. Angry over Obama's failure to consult him on the talks involving Cuba, which lasted more than a year, Menendez said he would not approve easing the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which can only be done by Congress, and called on the incoming chairman of the committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to hold hearings when the new Congress convenes in January. "Its a reward that a totalitarian regime does not deserve," Menendez said. "I reject the notion that somehow it is the United States that has created hardship on the Cuban people."
Menendez said it looked like the U.S. was trading spies for Gross. "It was swap of convicted spies for an innocent American," Menendez said. "Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips."
Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) and Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.) have introduced legislation named for Foerster that would require the executive branch to tell Congress what the U.S. is doing to extradite fugitives from Cuba and other countries. “Rather than bringing the Cuban people closer to democracy and freedom, by capitulating to the Castro brothers, the administration allows them to strengthen their grip on the Cuban people," said Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.). "Whatever joy we feel at the release of Alan Gross is tempered by the sadness that our president is enabling tyranny.” And Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9th Dist.) said he would "insist that any opening of relations comes side-by-side with an opening of the Cuban government's political system from totalitarianism to one that respects democracy, human rights, and personal freedoms.".....snip~
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