Why are Cuban refugees trying to get into Nicaragua?……….. https://t.co/TplzaI4OLw
— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) November 21, 2015
Babalu readers are very familiar with the story of Joanne Chesimard, the killer of New Jersey state trooper who was given safe harbor by the Castro regime.
The Republican governor and presidential candidate sent a letter to the bistate agency Tuesday urging them to reject any regular flight routes between Newark Liberty International Airport and Cuba until Joanne Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, is returned to the U.S.
“It is unacceptable to me as Governor to have any flights between New Jersey and Cuba until and unless convicted cop-killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey to face justice,” Christie wrote in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
“I will not tolerate rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive,” he said.
Chesimard was convicted in 1977 in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973; she was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and made her way to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum.
The Chesimard episode is one of many missed opportunities with Cuba. President Obama was so eager to open a US Embassy in Cuba that he forgot about the killing of Trooper Werner Foerster many years ago. How do you put Raul Castro and his band of gangsters over the men and women who protect us everyday?
Hooray for Governor Christie.
Guests: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog…….plus Alain Castillo, young Cuban American raised in Miami now living in Texas………..join me for the latest in US-Cuba talks…….talk of a embassies opening soon………repression in Cuba……….doing business in Cuba……..dissidents in Cuba……….Cuba-Venezuela relations today…….Cuba and Latin America…
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Yes, the Castros have turned Cuba into a very poor country. It may be true that Cuba does not have the money to compensate the aggrieved investors. However, the Castros have the money and should be required to use it to take care of US citizens with claims in the courts…..
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GUEST: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog…..We will look at the latest in US-Cuba talks……the removal of Cuba as a terrorist nation……..the impact of the Cuba decision on 2016 politics……also a quick update on an upcoming show with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book about Jose Marti…..
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President Obama has decided to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist nations.
I guess that harboring terrorists or smuggling weapons no longer makes you a terrorist nation. It’s hard to settle that with the reality of Cuba. such as the harboring of Basque and Colombia terrorists plus fugitives from U.S. law.
Sadly, it is beginning to look like we got nothing from Cuba, or “zilch” as Ben Domenech just reminded us:
It’s that this normalization came without getting the United States any of their long-stated policy priorities for the Cuban people in return. Normalization is President Obama’s gift to the Castro regime — a gift with no strings attached.
This is, not coincidentally, the exact same problem we see with the administration’s approach to negotiations with Iran (with far more at stake, of course). In both cases, an avowed enemy of the United States is handed huge strategic concessions by the Americans — in exchange for what amounts to nothing.
And that’s the point!
We got “nada”!
This silly handshake comes with consequences, such as the escalation of violence in Ukraine, those S-300 missile systems to Tehran and Russian jets pushing their weight around. (My friend Jorge Ponce made this point in our last show)
I understand that most Americans just see normalization with Cuba in the context of travelling to beaches or seeing 1950s cars.
However, there is a larger issue and I hope that the GOP points this out as we discuss the collapse of our foreign policy under President Obama.