Views on Cuba held by two U.S. Secretaries of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker glorified the Obama/Raul pact during a recent NBC interview. On the day that it was announced on December 17, 2014, she pointed out that she was seated next to the Vice-Premier of China, who turned to her and told her “great, bold move!” May I point out that the Chinese leadership does not have the best interests of the United States in its official pronouncements. While they may sound good at face value, their ultimate meaning is usually anti-American.

Now, regarding Secretary Pritzker, it’s understandable why she would favor the Cuba opening. In 2011, the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest showed her as the 263rd richest person in the U.S., estimated net worth of US $1.8511 billion, and the world’s 651st richest person. In 2009, Forbes named Pritzker as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In Secretary Pritzker’s eyes, the Cuba opening has dollar signs attached to it.

Compare Secretary Pritzker’s ecstasy to the views held by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under former President George W. Bush – Carlos Gutierrez.

During an “Ask The White House” forum on October 24, 2007, Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez gave the following response to a question regarding the benefits of a Cuba opening:

“We believe that open economies create opportunity and growth. When people are allowed to invest, make business decisions, be entrepreneurs and have a wide range of consumer choices, economies and people flourish. Though China does not have a full, market economy it does exhibit much of the behaviors and benefits of an open economy. In China, people can open a business. They can invest. There is a tremendous amount of choice for consumers. A Chinese worker can get paid directly for their work. The Cuban people don’t enjoy the same opportunities. And, though millions of dollars have poured into Cuba from Canada, Europe and other points around the globe, it has not benefited the average Cuban. More investment and money spent in Cuba means more money lining the pockets of the Cuban dictator and his cronies. Instead of comparing Cuba with China, we should compare Cuba to other countries that are similar, such as North Korea.”

We and the free world miss you, Carlos Gutierrez!

To listen to the NBC interview with Secretary Pritzker, click on
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/cnbc/56841568/#56841568

DIFFERENT REPORTING ON THE NEW CUBA OPENING

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.

To find out more, click on http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-reporting/2015/01/22/fox-news-reporting-cuba-losing-last-battle-cold-war

 

U.S. SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ (D-NJ) REFUSES TO PLAY BALL WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

Senator Bob Menendez Jan. 2015

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.

See: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/16/politics/obama-menendez-tense-exchange/

Joe García and President Obama can’t fool Cuban-Americans

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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/

U.S. SENATOR MARCO RUBIO ALWAYS HAS OUR BACKS!

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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.

See: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2015/01/19/daughter-cuban-dissident-killed-in-2012-will-be-sen-rubio-guest-at-state-union/

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND “JE SUIS” WHAT?

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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!

Once again, the lack of support from a few African American congressmen

Moral Compass

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.

To read my op-ed, click on https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140527202813-11570625-measuring-the-moral-compass-of-the-congressional-black-caucus?trk=mp-reader-card

U.S. SENATOR MARCO RUBIO – AMERICAN PATRIOT; CUBAN-AMERICAN FREEDOM ADVOCATE

Senator Marco Rubio

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

RFK Jr. Throws Dead Kennedys Under the Obama-Cuba Bus

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The title of the piece is “We have so much to learn from Cuba”.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. opens his latest op-ed, this one regarding the Obama administration’s diplomacy-warming of a U.S.-Cuba relationship by embargo change, by putting blame on two of his own relatives…

In early December, President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than five decades of a misguided policy which my uncle, John F. Kennedy, and my father, Robert F. Kennedy, had been responsible for enforcing after the U.S. embargo against the country was first implemented in October 1960 by the Eisenhower administration.

RFK Jr., I guess, thinks shaking his head and finger at his father and uncle, AND pointing out his privileged visit to the island, solidifies his views that the embargo is broken and must be scrapped, or something. He manages to basically scold the Castro regime for being bad communists.

However, his belief is the U.S. embargo was behind the Cuban government’s reasoning and justification for treating Cuba’s people like starving prisoners and keeping the country’s economy down. Yeah, we made them do it.

It is almost beyond irony that the very same politicians who argued that we should punish Castro for curtailing human rights and mistreating prisoners in Cuban jails elsewhere contend that the United States is justified in mistreating our own prisoners in Cuban jails.

Imagine a U.S. president faced, as Castro was, with over 400 assassination attempts, thousands of episodes of foreign-sponsored sabotage directed at our nation’s people, factories and bridges, a foreign-sponsored invasion and fifty years of economic warfare that has effectively deprived our citizens of basic necessities and strangled our economy.

No, what’s ironic, Bobby Jr., is the conspiracy theory of Castro’s alleged involvement in your POTUS Uncle JFK’s assassination. But, eh…

The Cuban leadership has pointed to the embargo with abundant justification as the reason for economic deprivation in Cuba.

The embargo allows the regime to portray the United States as a bully and itself as the personification of courage, standing up to threats, intimidation and economic warfare by history’s greatest military superpower.

It perpetually reminds the proud Cuban people that our powerful nation, which has staged invasions of their island and plotted for decades to assassinate their leaders and sabotaged their industry, continues an aggressive campaign to ruin their economy.

Yeah, he said that. The same-old same-old claptrap that has been heard for years. Sort of flies in the face(s) of half a century of countless Cubans climbing into dangerous, leaky rafts to sail deadly shark-infested waters to get here to the great Satan … Doesn’t it?

Oh, and I found this one priceless…

Unlike other Caribbean islands where poverty means starvation, all Cubans receive a monthly food ration book that provides for their basic necessities.

But you read and judge.

A week ago A.J. Delgado wrote, “Arguing with idiots about #Cuba”, where she counters many of the anti-embargo talking points liberals, such as RFK Jr., are constantly regurgitating. The fact is Barack Obama’s new age plan for changing diplomacy with Cuba is yet another one of his foreign policy decisions granting trust where trust is not deserved … and is already evident.

Hopelessnes And Change For The Worse

I haven’t been paying too much attention to current events these past few weeks. Frankly, The Obama administration’s decision to “normalize” relations with Cuba left me with the desire to crawl into a cave with a few bottles and hibernate.

So as I start to come out of my temporary exile in the blissful cave of ignorance, I am confronted by the sobering news from the land of my permanent exile as I come across a story about the arrests of Cuban dissidents who were attempting to participate in #yotambienexijo this past Monday.

And the story in UK’s The Guardian had a picture of twenty-nine Cuban dissidents meeting in Yoani Sanchez’s 14ymedio offices.

Twenty-nine..29?!

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Twenty-nine brave disciples of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr…and Sisyphus.

That made me feel good.

For a second.

You see, these Democracy activists look pretty good for folks that just got thrown under the bus of fellow traveler Barack Obama.

And…if you know anything of how things work in the island of despair, at least three of the activists in this photograph are state security informants, if not security officers. But all are slaves.

So for the foreseeable future, since the Obama administration has decided to sanction  56 years of oppressive hopelessness and stagnation  in the name of hope and change, the only pressure that the sociopathic tyrannical [c]astros have on them to change their evil ways will come from whatever futile acts of civil disobedience these pacifists are allowed to carry out. Because as we see from this article, the [c]astros control everything through intimidation and violence by choosing who and when gets to push the boulder up the mountain just to see it roll back down again.

I miss my cave.