We finally hear from Fidel regarding his reaction to the Obama/Raul Pact. He indicated that he always supports “a pacific solution to the conflicts.” ???!!!
It’s refreshing to have unbiased reporting on President Obama’s new Cuba opening and its future ramifications for the U.S. foreign policy. So, by now, you guessed right that the reporting has nothing to do with the New York Times, CNN, or MSNBC.
Bret Baier of Fox News will report on this matter on Saturday, Jan. 24th and Sunday, Jan. 25th, at 8:00 PM ET.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) broke ranks with his fellow Democrats on January 15, 2015, and criticized President Obama for negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.
President Obama reacted to Senator Menendez’ challenge by saying that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act.
But Senator Menendez did not take the President’s characterization with his hands down. Instead, he told the President he took “personal offense” to his assertions, and argued that he has worked to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions for many years and was not motivated by political considerations.
Then, the Senator issued a statement that should make freedom-loving Cuban-Americans proud of him. He said that “”I do not believe in negotiating out of weakness, I believe in negotiating out of strength. I think weakness invites provocation, I think strength avoids it.”
With senators like Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio and the rest of the Cuban-American congressmen, together with a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress, there is hope that the United States would look after its own interests by keeping the embargo against Cuba.
A man, a president, a politician, and just about anybody else who cannot keep his word cannot be trusted to look after the welfare of others. If you are president of the United States, you cannot be trusted if you keep flip-flopping on your promises to them. The “audacity of hope” becomes nothing more than empty rhetoric!
President Obama suffers from a credibility problem. Back on October 25, 2014, he said “I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.” Then, on February 14, 2014, he said “I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”
Subsequently, on November 20, 2014, he rolled out immigration reform through executive action.
For years, Obama promised millions of Americans with health insurance that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” under his health care overhaul. He did not keep his promise.
And, as a candidate for president, Obama vowed to Florida voters that his policy toward Cuba would “be guided by one word: Libertad.” He indicated that while he favored engagement, there would be no quid of normalization until there was a quo of democratization: “Don’t be confused about this.” “I will maintain the embargo. It provides us with the leverage to present the regime with a clear choice: If you take significant steps toward democracy, beginning with the freeing of all political prisoners, we will take steps to begin normalizing relations. That’s the way to bring about real change in Cuba.” And, once again, he has not kept his word to the freedom-loving Cuban-Americans and Americans.
As President Obama gets ready to deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, a group of 78 signatories have sent him an open letter praising him for his new Cuba policy, and urging him to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.
Among the signatories, you’ll find the usual suspects within the Cuban-American community: both Fanjul brothers and Saladrigas. But, I want to highlight one in particular: Joe García.
When running against Carlos Curbelo for Florida’s 26th district, Joe García expressed his support for keeping the U.S. embargo. But his actions spoke louder than his words, and the Cuban-American community did not believe him. So, this community rewarded Carlos Curbelo with their votes. And they did the right thing.
You see, now that he is not a U.S. representative and does not need the Cuban-American votes, García has shown his true colors by signing the above letter that calls for the lifting of the U.S. embargo “to reflect 21st century realities.”
Cuban-Americans elected in Carlos Curbelo an honest and ethical man. They elected a representative who supports the U.S. embargo, and who means it.
On the other hand, Obama and García are like Puerto-Rican Poet Lola Rodríguez would say “de un pájaro las dos alas” (the two wings of the same bird). Both are individuals who don’t keep their promises.
To read the letter, click on http://www.supportcubancivilsociety.org/letters/2/
The White House has announced that it will have as their guest at the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015, Alan Gross.
We can be certain that President Obama will mention his new Cuba opening as a major accomplishment of his administration. He will brag about how this initiative will bring the “audacity of hope” to the Cuban people.
But the majority of Cuban-Americans from the Historic Exile (1959-1979) are on a war path with the President. In fact, some (myself included), consider the new opening as a Second Bay of Pigs. It represents a betrayal to the aspirations of the free world to restore freedom and democracy to Cuba.
And to represent those freedom-loving Cuban-Americans, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will have as his guest at the president’s address Rosa María Payá, the daughter of Oswaldo Payá, a prominent dissident who died in an automobile accident in 2012 that she, and others around the world, allege was caused by Castro government officials.
And, now, you know why many Cuban-Americans look up to Senator Marco Rubio. He’s got their backs!
And House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) just announced that he will have as his guest on Tuesday Cuban, human-rights dissident Antuñez and his wife Iris. Antuñez spent more than 17 years in a Cuban jail for proclaiming that communism was an error and a dystopia.
Here is a call to join a vigil to protest the Obama-Castro pact. The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Let’s heed his powerful message, and join ranks in this vigil.
When: Thursday, January 22, 2015 starts at 5:00 PM
Where: Cuban Memorial, Tamiami Park 11201 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL (Next to FIU)
Who: Organized by the Cuban Resistance Assembly
There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo’s staff in Paris, which is most often expressed by holding up “Je Suis Charlie” signs. But the free-world is wondering what kind of “Je Suis” sign President Obama wants to hold up. He has been missing in action since the Paris March was held on January 11, 2015. Not even for 24 hours, the President could not become Charlie – which speaks volumes for his lack of moral and political leadership.
And, then, to add insult to injury, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris during the January 11 march, but did not attend it. This slight takes away all explanations offered by the White House that this unfortunate incident was just a mere oversight. It wasn’t!
To have to listen to Eric Holder refer to the Charlie Hebdo’s jihadists as “lone wolves,” is to get a clue of how this White House addresses the threat of radical Islam. It doesn’t, or, it doesn’t want to.
Let’s get this straight. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings. The kosher-grocery shooter professed allegiance to the Islamic State. These guys were not “lone wolves.” Everyone understands this logic, except those at the White House!
The President repeatedly has shown an ambivalence about the war on radical Islam. In fact, he’s forbidden members of his Cabinet from using this phrase when acting in their official capacity. This is problematic on many fronts.
When you are tasked with an assignment, you must know what the end-game is. Once you know this, you can develop a plan with the necessary steps to achieve the end-game. The same holds true in the military. The end-game is called the strategy, the plan are the tactics.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared forcefully last week that France was at “war with radical Islam.” The French now have a clear strategy of what it is that they aim to defeat.
Compare the French strategy with that of President Obama. According to him, the United States is at war with “terrorists who commit heinous acts.” So, who are we at war with? The FARC from Columbia? The Basque’s ETA? The narco-terrorists? There are many groups in the world that qualify as terrorists. But the fact that President Obama and his leadership have refused to articulate publicly that the United States is at war with “radical Islam” makes it impossible to defeat the enemy. Moreover, the President is actively focused on releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees, most of whom (17.3 percent) have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in their fight against the West and the United States. No wonder that the POTUS is so unpopular with the military brass!
According to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” These are dangerous times that we live in. History will not be kind with the President’s lack of decisiveness to confront our Nation’s enemies!
And for those in the Cuban-American community who are angry at the President’s new Cuba Policy, you will now understand why the President made all kinds of unilateral concessions to Dictator Raul Castro.
To the President, the Cuban deal was nothing more than extending an olive branch to a head of state who had every right to be mad at the past, alleged transgressions of the Empire!
During a visit to Cuba in 2009, Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) indicated that Raul ““was very engaging, down-to earth and kind man.”
On January 12, 2015, the same Representative Rush introduced H.R. 274 to lift the trade embargo on Cuba.
There are no expectations that Representative Rush’s bill will garner sufficient votes to overturn the U.S. embargo. Nevertheless, it shows the lack of solidarity of the congressman with the movement to restore democracy and freedom to Cuba.
In the past, I penned an op-ed entitled the “measuring the moral compass of the Congressional Black Caucus,” where I criticized the lack of support by some from this Caucus to the pursuit of a Cuba Libre. Once again, one of its member has shown his true colors by fraternizing with the Castro dictatorship.
When most of the business that Florida conducts with Cuba involves the sale of “cattle semen,” that says it all! Regardless of the propaganda spread by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor ((D-Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL), doing business with Communist Cuba is bad business. This is to be expected from a country that has starved its population for 56 years.
While Tampa and Ybor City have a rich history with Cuba, that history dates back to the fundraising activities led by Cuban Patriot Jose Martí to bankroll the independence movement of Cuba from Spain. If Martí were alive, he would oppose President Obama’s new Cuba opening as it would prolong the oppression of his people by Communist dictators.
Clearly, it is greed and ignorance of Communist Cuba’s long history to harm the United States that drives American businessmen to trade with this Caribbean Island. It is votes that Congresswoman Castor is after, or, perhaps, the similarity of the Congresswoman’s surname with that of the Castro Dictators. I think that it’s time that Floridians re-evaluate their erroneous assessment of Cuba as an investment haven
When asked by reporters about surveys that allegedly show that the issue within Cuban-American circles on whether the U.S. Government should lift its 1962 embargo against Communist Cuba is a generational thing or not, he responded with “I don’t care if the polls say that 99 percent of people believe we should normalize relations in Cuba.” He later added: “I don’t care if 99 percent of people in polls disagree with my position. This is my position, and I feel passionately about it.” I admire a person, and mostly a politician, who is willing to stand up for his principles and ideals regardless of the consequences.
I am one who does not believe in surveys – as they can be manipulated to say whatever you want – of course, with the caveat that you must pay the right amount of money for the desired outcome. In fact, I think that it would be appropriate to invoke Mark Twain to this discussion by reciting one of his witty saying “”There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” I opine that the same aspersion that this American novelist had for statistics would be applicable to surveys.
When the U.S. embargo issue has come up at election times, the majority of Cuban-Americans have elected U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators who have taken a hardline position to maintain the U.S. embargo and to promote policies that lead to the restoration of democracy and freedom to Cuba. These are the only surveys that I believe in. They are the only ones that count!
There is a lot of speculation lately about whether Senator Marco Rubio will become a candidate in the 2016 presidential race. He has written a book, “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone,” that will be released on January 13, 2015. This book represents his vision for where he wants to take America.
It’s too early for me to say whether I agree with Senator Rubio’s vision of America. I have to read his book first. However, I can say unequivocally that I do agree with him 100 percent when it comes to the maintenance of the U.S. embargo on Communist Cuba.
I have pre-ordered his book as a sign of solidarity with an American with the moral certitude of standing for his principles – a rarity in today’s political circles.
You can also pre-order the book and have it delivered to your front door by clicking on http://www.amazon.com/American-Dreams-Restoring-Economic-Opportunity/dp/1595231137/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420837044&sr=1-1&keywords=marco+rubio+book
Outrageous article below and outrageous idea to consider! Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.) is on point when he said that Obama’s Cuba Initiative represents “a limitless willingness to appease enemies of freedom,” and a “grotesque concession.”
U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, the son of Dominican immigrants, has shown his true colors. Not only is he delusional by implying that Obama could go down in history as the “first Latino president,” but he has demonstrated by his insensitive remarks that he is not a friend of freedom-loving Cuban Americans.
And the author of this article, Edward-Isaac Dovere, showed his discriminatory animus toward Cuban-Americans by implying that because Cuban-Americans make up “only 3.5% of Hispanics,” Obama didn’t risk much by angering them. After all, Dovere indicated that the majority of other Hispanics approve the President’s actions pertaining to Cuba.
Now, Dovere is not far-fetched with the last statement. It is true that there are many Hispanics who are against anything that most Cuban-Americans are for — mainly out of envy for the huge success that Cuban-Americans have garnered in the U.S.
Let’s get real! It is quite an accomplishment to have five representatives and three senators serving in the U.S. Congress — two of the senators being potential presidential candidates — despite being 3.5% of the Hispanic population!
By not keeping his promise not to change the Cuba relationship without, first, offering guarantees of human rights or freedom of labor unions and political parties, Obama has lost credibility with Cuban-American voters.
Cuban-Americans do not forget who betrayed them when it comes time to vote.
Personally, I think that a more appropriate designation for Obama would be “Pinocchio-In-Chief.”
To read the article, click on http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/the-first-latino-president-113694.html
For those of you who have wondered why most Cuban-Americans take such a hardline posture when it comes to Cuba, I encourage you to watch the ESPN video “30 for 30: “Brothers in Exile.” The video recounts the story of brothers Livan and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez – two Cubans who defected to the United States and gained fame by playing for the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees. After seeing what they went through to leave the Island in search of freedom — a saga that is mirrored with those of most Cuban-Americans — you’ll understand why this is such a personal issue for us. Restoring democracy to a people who have lived in fear and repression for 55 years of totalitarian, communist rule is a commitment that we have with our dignity and values.
The video is available via Netflix. To view the trailer, click on http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11514741