Our apologies for being a day late with this entry, but we seemed to have missed this news article yesterday.
On this date in history, President Jimmy Carter foolishly ignored the history and the reality of Cuba’s vile and murderous apartheid Castro regime and attempted to play nice with the criminal butchers in Havana. The outcome–as it always is when dealing with the Fidel Castro mafia–was not pretty.
March 24, 1977: Making good on a 1976 campaign promise, President Jimmy Carter authorized direct diplomatic talks with communist Cuba. But the U.S.-Cuban talks went nowhere, resulting in nasty words between Washington and Havana — and the 1980 Mariel boat lift, in which Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro authorized the emigration of more than 100,000 Cubans to Florida. The exodus eventually hurt Carter when it was discovered that Castro used the boat lift to ship prison inmates and patients from Cuban mental hospitals. The Mariel boat lift was subsequently ended by mutual agreement between the two governments in October 1980.