Ros-Lehtinen Chastises Clinton about Administration’s ‘Double Standard’ on Castro Regime



House Foreign Affairs Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman


Ros-Lehtinen Chastises Clinton about Administration’s ‘Double Standard’ on Castro Regime

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during a Committee hearing earlier today pressed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to justify the Administration’s stance on various rogue regimes such as Syria and Libya, including calling on various dictators  to leave power, but continuing to engage the Cuban regime, seemingly minimizing the threat posed by the Cuban tyranny to U.S. interests and the Cuban people.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Madam Secretary, your administration has remained in opposition to many of the world’s tyrants, yet the U.S. continues to engage the Cuban regime.

“In March, you stated Qaddafi ‘should leave power’   In June 1, you said Saleh should ‘move out of the way.’  In July, you stated, ‘Assad is not indispensable and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power.’

“Yet in stark contrast, this Administration continues to engage the Cuban regime and provide the Castro brothers economic lifelines in the form of allowing increased travel opportunities and supporting their offshore oil drilling aspirations. Two weeks ago, Undersecretary Wendy Sherman confirmed to our Committee that the Department of State had recently met with the Cuban regime to discuss Alan Gross.

“Media reports have the State Department willing to offer concessions such as allowing convicted Cuban spies to return to Cuba or taking Cuba off the State Sponsor of Terrorism list in order to obtain the release of Mr. Gross.

“The United States should not be negotiating with a State Sponsor of Terrorism, so I ask you, Madam Secretary, why is there a double standard with the Castro regime?”


11 thoughts on “Ros-Lehtinen Chastises Clinton about Administration’s ‘Double Standard’ on Castro Regime”

  1. Wish Rep. Ros-Lehtinen would’ve asked Hillary when Obama and NATO are going to arm Cuba’s Ladies in White, like they did the Libyan “rebels”.

  2. The congresswoman was great here. And Mrs. Clinton was blah blah blah. No statement that giving “humanitarian aid”, which never gets to the Cuban people, makes as much sense as giving tons of money to Gazans which will only be used for more terrorism.
    I wish it was made clear that Islamists are using Cuba now so close to the U.S. and that is why they can easily be called a terrorist country because they harbor terrorists.
    Mrs. Clinton could use the same diplomatic language to show that this administration is a good friend of Israel, but we know the hypocrisy of that thought.

  3. drillanwr,
    This state department will support the Ladies in White just like they supported the Greens in Iran.
    Obama and company make trouble for leaders of countries in the Middle East using noble explanations and then care not a whit at the chaos and Islamism that comes afterward.

  4. I read some years ago that Hillary was [or had been] a personal friend of Vilma Espin, as they had met in the 60’s during a Venceremos Brigade trip. I never saw any documentation on this though, I always assumed it was a bola. Maybe Henry F can verify whether or not it is fact of fiction…

  5. Honey

    Exactly why they didn’t/wouldn’t support uprisings in Iran or Cuba.

    They don’t want regime change in either country.

  6. The Obama Administration is a supporter of the Castro Totalitarian Regime. They have given this Terrorist Dictator so much assess to AMERICAN MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$…tHE FINAL SLAP IN OUR FACES…WOULD BE AN OBAMA OR H, CLINTON VISIT TO KISS THE RING OF THE OLD CAGA-ANDATE…..BEFORE he bites the dust.

  7. Hi Gabe, your comment reminded me of this from one of Fontova’s articles, Hillary befriended Cuba’s first lady:

    “Serving as such, Ms. Espin was Cuba’s delegate to the U.N.’s 4th annual Women’s Conference held in Beijing in September 1995, where she hob-knobbed with U.S. delegate Hillary Clinton. The Conference was sporadically televised so the ardor and duration of Ms. Clinton’s greeting of Cuban delegate Vilma Espin was caught on film.”

    David Horowitz has claimed that Hillary was brigadista, and I’ve always believed it based on her history, associations, and being in the right place at the right time, and with the correct ideology. That said, I’ve never been able to find documented proof. It seems safe to say that at the minimum, Hillary considered her a leader for feminist causes. What vile stupidity, and she is our Secretary of State? This useful idiot? Even more disturbing is she polls as a choice for president.

  8. Am I missing something? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that the one thing that U.S. officials agree on is that Fidel Castro should go. Last time I checked, Fidel stepped down from running the Island in favor of his brother Raul in 2006.

  9. If Mrs. Clinton were more honest, she could have said something like:

    “Double standard? Are you kidding me? When has Cuba ever been treated otherwise, by us or the rest of the world? And you just figured this out? Honey, you need to get out of Miami more. Wake up and smell the coffee, and I don’t mean what they brew in Little Havana. I’d laugh, but I feel sorry for you. You people are hopeless, still waiting for the kindness of strangers. It’s the ideology, stupid! Grow up.”

    It wouldn’t have been nice or polite, but it would have been infinitely more respectable than the same old empty run-around. The truth, no matter how nasty, is at least real.

  10. It’s pretty definite that Hillary was exceedingly friendly to Vilma at that conference, inordinately so, though she may not have expected it to become public. Vilma was vile. She is widely believed to have ratted on Frank Pais, a major anti-Batista underground leader, because he was a threat to Fidel’s plans, and her betrayal led directly to his death at the hands of Batista’s people. She came from a very well-heeled family and always lived high on the hog, despite the requisite proletarian posturing. Her role as official head of the Federation of Cuban Women under Castro gave her feminist credentials, though her position, generally speaking, was due to her close connection to the right MEN, the Castro brothers (not unlike Hillary with Bill).

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