support babalú

Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying






recommended reading

babalú features

recent comments

  • Honey: Tauck tours, the most luxurious tour company, boasts “a people to people tour of Cuba.” One tourist describes the...

  • Honey: Ziva, I decided ago that people who asks questions like Marielito here are either too stupid to understand any answer you give...

  • Honey: Tauck Tours, the most luxurious tour company ever, proudly includes in its brochures “a people to people tour of...

  • asombra: To paraphrase Clinton, it depends on what you mean by “liberation.”

  • asombra: But it’s OK. The usual suspects are delighted with this pope. He’s so cool and “with-it,” meaning he...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics

elsewhere on the net


What CNN’s Candy Crowly didn’t ask Leahy

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

What CNN's Candy Crowly Didn't Ask Leahy

During an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who just returned from a visit with Cuban dictator Raul Castro, said it will require "give and take on both sides" and "quiet negotiation" to secure the release of American development worker, Alan Gross.

CNN's Candy Crowley nodded along as Senator Leahy criticized U.S. policy, but here's what she failed to ask:

1. Upon Alan Gross's imprisonment in December 2009, the Obama Administration engaged the Castro regime in "quiet negotiations" and unilaterally eased sanctions in January 2011.  How much more "giving" is required before there's a "take-away"?

2. Since Raul Castro has been dictator-in-chief, repression in Cuba has dramatically risen, with political arrests reaching historic highs.  Did you express your concern to Castro about the rise in violence and repression by his regime?

3. Today, 56 peaceful female pro-democracy advocates, known as "The Ladies in White," and over 50 others, were arrested for peacefully demonstrating in Havana.  Did you meet with the Ladies in White while in Havana?  Did you meet with any pro-democracy leaders or activists?  Why not?

4. In February 2012, you took a similar trip to Havana, where you met with Cuban dictator Raul Castro and similarly wined and dined with senior regime officials -- to no avail.  How was this trip any different?

5. Pursuant to the murder of four Americans by the Castro regime seventeen-years ago today, you voted against any repercussions towards the Cuban dictatorship   Today, you feel the same way about the unjustified taking of an American hostage.  At what point should the Castro brothers be held accountable for their criminal acts?  How come you didn't feel the same way about the democratically-elected government in Colombia, to whom you consistently blocked aid for human rights violations?

4 comments to What CNN’s Candy Crowly didn’t ask Leahy

  • asombra

    But "Candy was dandy," according to the Romney people. Sheesh.

  • asombra

    Answer to all 5 questions: "I'm a Dem hack. Enough said."

  • asombra

    If a black American were being held hostage by South Africa during the apartheid era, do you think Leahy or anybody in the Obama administration would be talking about "quiet negotiation" and "give-and-take"? Talk about full of it.

  • asombra

    Anyone truly democratic should feel absolute revulsion over a despot like Castro II. Evidently, that does not apply to Leahy, or a host of others like Jimmy Carter.