The high price of diplomatic relations with Cuba’s Castro regime

By John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

The high price of diplomatic relations with the Castro regime
“We are going to have diplomatic relations with the United States without having ceded one iota.” Gerardo Hernandez, Cuban spy sentenced to life in prison for murder conspiracy freed by Obama as part of his deal with Raul Castro. (Capitol Hill Cubans)
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Castro and Obama (April 2015) Sirley Ávila machete attacked (May 2015)

The Obama administration has had to bend over backwards in order to arrive at the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations because since 1977 the Carter administration established de facto diplomatic relations with the opening of interests sections in both countries. Join military exercises began to be carried out in 1994 during the Clinton administration. Therefore in reality what remained to be done was more symbolism than substance, and easier for the Castro regime to drag its feet knowing that the pressure for a breakthrough weighed more heavily on President Obama and his legacy. They were not disappointed:

  • Releasing the three remaining WASP network spies, including Gerardo Hernandez — who was serving two life sentences, one of them for conspiracy to murder four members of Brothers to the Rescue.
  • Ignoring the Castro regime’s continuing sponsorship of terrorism and smuggling of weapons to sanctioned countries in order to take Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • Delinking the pursuit of full diplomatic relations from the rise in human rights violations in Cuba and in the region by Cuban state security.
  • Commitment from President Obama at the State of the Union address to work for the lifting of economic sanctions on the dictatorship.

Never has so much been sacrificed with regards to Cuba policy to obtain so little in return purposefully.

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