Let’s see how far this threat can be taken. And let’s hope it’s different from previous threats.
Thus far, all other threats to block White House concessions to the vile Castro regime have proven hollow.
Aaah. But, hope springs eternal, especially when all seems lost.
The eight musicians who kept performing until the Titanic sank come to mind. So does this statement from a survivor:
“Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame.”
Play on, Marco. Play on, and see if you can get others to join you. And let’s hope for a different kind of undying fame in this case.
Rubio says he’ll block ambassador without Cuba concessions
Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is once again threatening to block action on an ambassador to Cuba unless the Castro regime improves its human rights record and meets other requirements as part of normalized relations.
In a letter sent Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry, Rubio laid out four areas he says should be addressed before a final agreement with Havana is reached. Those areas are:
• Political reforms and human rights, particularly as arrests and repression of peaceful dissidents reportedly have spiked since normalization began earlier this year.
• Repatriation of more than 70 U.S. fugitives who received safe harbor in Cuba. The list includes Joanne Chesimard, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba in 1979, two years after being convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
• Settlement of billions of dollars in outstanding American property claims against the Cuban government. Thousands of American claimants have waited decades to be compensated for the Castro regime’s “illegal expropriation of their property and assets,” Rubio wrote to Kerry.
• Guarantees that U.S. diplomats in Cuba will be able to travel freely around the country without interference from the Cuban government.
“By conditioning any normalization of relations with Cuba on these topics and other areas, the U.S. can leverage the prospect of improved bilateral relations to obtain tangible benefits for both the American and Cuban peoples,” Rubio wrote to Kerry.