They say love is blind. And in the case of Obama’s unbridled love for Cuba’s notoriously repressive apartheid Castro regime, it is also blind to the millions oppressed, the tens of thousands viciously murdered, the despicable apartheid, and the Castro dictatorship’s never-ending threat to U.S. national security.
Raul Castro’s demands for Gitmo plus reparations show Cuba still a prime enemy
Late last month, Cuban President Raul Castro stood before the U.N. General Assembly to berate the U.S. and demand a host of concessions from Washington.
Topping his list of demands was America returning Guantanamo Bay to Cuban control and paying reparations for its decades-long trade embargo against the regime.
Neither demand is reasonable, much less in America’s national interests.
Guantanamo rightfully belongs to the U.S. Legally, the terms of America’s lease are indisputable.
At the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, the U.S. Congress passed the Platt Amendment. The legislation required the U.S. to ensure Cuba’s freedom and stipulated that, in exchange, Cuba must “sell or lease to the United States the lands necessary for coaling or naval stations.” The benefits of this arrangement were not lost on the Cuban government. A 1902 amendment to their constitution reflected as much, and one year later, the U.S. leased the current location of the naval base.
The strategic value of having a neighbor free from Spanish rule and agreeable to facilitating the regional operations of the U.S. Navy was undeniable. And it remains undeniable today.
Arguments supporting reparations for the Cuban government are ill-founded as well. The trade embargo was imposed in response to Fidel Castro’s illegal nationalization of American assets then worth $1.8 billion. Decades later, the almost 6,000 claims certified by the U.S. Department of Justice are valued at over $7 billion.
This figure does not include the property confiscated from hundreds of thousands of Cubans before and after they were forced to leave Cuba by the Castro regime.
The embargo cannot legally be lifted until the claims issue is resolved. Havana’s counterclaim for damages suffered as a result of their initial malfeasance is asinine.
Unfortunately the Obama administration has chosen to unilaterally “normalize” relations with this regime, the last vestige of Cold War communism.
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