An Idiot Abroad: More on Jimmy Carter’s trip to Cuba

CNN analyzes Jimmy Carter’s trip to Cuba and cannot seem to understand why Obama is not rewarding the Castro dictatorship with more concessions:

On Monday, Carter will be back on a private mission at the invitation of the Cuban government. He will meet with the new president, Raul Castro, and other officials to talk about bilateral ties.

The trip has sparked speculation that Carter could try to secure the early release of American contractor Alan Gross, who was recently sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison for “subversive” work providing illegal internet access to Cuban groups.

Carter’s three-day trip is “to learn about new economic policies and the upcoming Party Congress, and to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations,” according to a press release from the Carter Center.

In some ways, the time is ripe.

Raul Castro has introduced sweeping changes to the Soviet-style economy, laying off state workers and expanding the private sector.

And just this week, Cuba freed the last of 75 dissidents jailed in a 2003 crackdown on the opposition that prompted worldwide condemnation.

Oscar Elias Biscet was one of those recently freed. He was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison for counter-revolutionary activities.

“I want to continue my work in the defense of human rights,” he told CNN. “We want a democratic and free society.”

Raul Castro agreed to release the prisoners last year as part of a deal brokered by the Catholic Church and Spain. Initially, only those who agreed to go into exile in Spain were freed.

But over the last couple of months, dissidents who demanded to stay in Cuba were also let go, removing one of the major obstacles to improved relations with the United States.

But Washington’s response has been muted.

Apparently, CNN reporter Shasta Darlington  was so busy covering Raul Castro’s “sweeping” economic changes and the removal of “major obstacles” to improved relations with the U.S. that she missed the daily reports coming out of Cuba detailing the arrests, detainment, beatings, and “acts of repudiations” carried out by the Castro dictatorship against members of the opposition.

At Cuban Colada we learn that in addition to meeting with Raul Castro, Carter will also meet with Adela Dworin and Mayra Levy, two dictatorship appointed “leaders” of the Jewish community in Cuba.

Carter to meet also with religious leaders

A note issued to the foreign press Saturday by the Foreign Ministry listed former President Jimmy Carter’s agenda while in Cuba next (fot5) week.

Monday: Arrives in Havana. Visits the Jewish Community Council. Most likely will meet with Adela Dworin, at right, president of the Jewish Community Council, and Dr. Mayra Levy, president (fot2) of the Hebrew Sephardic Center of Cuba. Meets with Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

Tuesday: Tours Convent of Belén in Havana’s historic district. Most likely will be guided by Eusebio Leal, official historian of Havana. Meets with President Raúl Castro.

Wednesday: Holds press conference at the Palace of Conventions. Returns to the United States.

No meeting has been formally scheduled with former President Fidel Castro.

3 thoughts on “An Idiot Abroad: More on Jimmy Carter’s trip to Cuba”

  1. I went to the CNN Website to peruse the entire article and I read a reply that someone posted. It’s so well-written and detailed that I had no choice but to copy and paste it here so that people can read–what I had forgotten–was Carter’s legacy. Seriously, Carter was worst [is worst] than Clinton and Obama put together. Read below:

    How much trouble in the world today is the result of Jimmy Carter?Seems like one term Democrat Presidents are great at screwing things up.Has Jimmy Carter ever met a dictator he did not love? Unfortunately, this darling of worldwide leftists cannot seem to disappear from the world stage. Listed here… more
    How much trouble in the world today is the result of Jimmy Carter?
    Seems like one term Democrat Presidents are great at screwing things up.

    Has Jimmy Carter ever met a dictator he did not love? Unfortunately, this darling of worldwide leftists cannot seem to disappear from the world stage. Listed herewith are some of the more egregious of our 39th President’s follies. The consistent theme is his unwavering support for socialist dictators.

    President Jimmy Carter invited Robert Mugabe to the White House in 1980 and fully supported this dictator’s rise to power in Rhodesia. Moderate black Bishop Abel Muzorewa had been elected to the post of prime minister. However, President Carter with the support of the world press succeeded in declaring the election null and void. Mugabe, an avowed Marxist, was elected in a second election. The totals of the Zimbabwe disaster under Mugabe are still being tallied: 70 percent unemployment, a total dictatorship, the displacing of productive white farmers and the resulting destruction of productive farms, an exodus of three million Zimbabweans from the country.

    Jimmy Carter has shown a special dedication to the cause of leftist dictators in Central America. He used the full power of the office to undermine and set the stage for the overthrow of the duly elected Anastasio Somosa in Nicaragua, to be replaced by the Marxist Sandinista Daniel Ortega. No matter that the Somosa election had been certified by the OAS. He continues to offer moral support for Marxist dictators Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

    The Iran hostage crisis occurred under Jimmy Carter’s watch. From Nov. 4, 1979 until Jan. 20, 1981 some 66 Americans were taken hostage and held in the American Embassy in Teheran. They were released within hours of President Ronald Reagan’s swearing in ceremony. Just prior to his inauguration, President Reagan was asked if perhaps the captors should wait until he became president so as to make a better deal for the captives release. Reagan replied, “That would be foolish.”

    Ex-President Jimmy Carter has been instrumental in the rise to power of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez was saved from recall by the voters in Venezuela in 2004 with Carter “monitoring” the election. The election was suspicious on many fronts. The exit polls conducted by an independent New York poling firm declared one half hour before the polls closed that Chavez had been defeated. When the official results were announced, Chavez was declared the winner by nearly the exact opposite percentages as the independent poll had determined. Jimmy Carter certified the Chavez victory anyway. Chavez has shown himself to be a continual hater of the United States.

    One of the most serious threats to global security is the nuclear threat posed by Marxist dictator Kim Jung Il of North Korea. In 1994, without governmental authority, Jimmy Carter went to North Korea and brokered a deal with Kim Jung Il that was supposed to keep that rogue state from attaining nuclear weapons. Jimmy’s “negotiation” called for the United States to provide the North Koreans with $4 billion worth of light water reactors and $100 million in oil in exchange for a promise not to develop weapons plus assurances that inspectors would be allowed in. On Aug. 28, 2003 North Korea announced that it possessed nuclear weapons.

    n Perhaps the most egregious and far reaching of the Jimmy Carter failures was his bringing down of the Shah of Iran in 1979, to be replaced by radical Muslim cleric Ayatollah Khomeini. The history of Iran is such that a secular government friendly to both the West and their trading partners along the ancient trade routes, such as India and China, had been an important stabilizing element in Mid-east politics for centuries. Jimmy Carter pressured the Shah, a longtime friend of the United States, to leave Iran. Then he denied him asylum and medical treatment. At the same time he supported the fundamentalist Mullahs who opposed the Shah. A religious revolution followed and the rise of Muslim fundamentalism had begun in the Middle East. The terrorism and overall unrest that plagues the world today can be properly traced to this specific failure of the Jimmy Carter presidency.

    It is popular in some circles to blame others such as the United States, or Israel, or George Bush for the instability and radicalism in the Middle East while overlooking the role that Jimmy Carter played in the current situation. But it is a fact of history that Jimmy Carter played a key role in creating the two most important threats to global security today, namely Iran and North Korea.

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  2. Jimmy’s no idiot. Biden’s an idiot. Carter is far, far worse. The consequences of his presidency are not just terrible, they amount to crimes against humanity. I don’t give a shit what he intended or what he thought he was doing; what matters is what he wound up causing or enabling, which has been doing extremely serious harm from his time in office till now, and will continue doing harm. His unbelievable denial of responsibility, his brazen shamelessness and ironclad self-righteousness are both profoundly disgusting and grotesquely perverse. The man should be held in utter contempt, and his “legacy” should be thrown in his cretinous face at every turn. He absolutely reeks. I deeply resent his continued meddling in Cuban affairs. I don’t want him anywhere near anything that matters to me. If he wants to grandstand and get media time, let him go the fuck elsewhere. He could start with the rights (or lack thereof) of Muslim women, since he’s such a feminist and all. Talk about a whitewashed sepulchre.

  3. It’s possible they’ll “give him” Gross, and it’s quite likely that Carter’s acting in conjunction with Obama on this, but if they release their hostage, you’d better believe it’ll be in exchange for something from Obama, which may or may not be openly acknowledged. And I’m not Orthodox or anything, but neither Dworin nor Levy looks kosher to me.

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