We all know in the end that Obama’s sudden obsession with Cuba and his subsequent policy machinations have nothing to do with the Cuban people, justice, or respect for human rights. Instead, it is all a nostalgic embrace of an evil movement that he and so many others immorally admired in their youth. The American left has always felt a strong and disturbingly strong allure to Cuba’s murderous and brutally repressive apartheid dictatorship, which Obama himself is helpless to resist.
Obama’s Ideological Holiday in Havana
The split-screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raúl Castro at a baseball game in Havana.
On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism. On the other, the Obama fantasy world in which romancing a geopolitically insignificant Cuba — without an ounce of democracy or human rights yielded in return — is considered a seminal achievement of American diplomacy.
Cuba wasn’t so much a legacy trip as a vanity trip, vindicating the dorm-room enthusiasms of one’s student days when the Sandinistas were cool, revolution was king, and every other friend had a dog named Che.
When Brussels intervened, some argued that Obama should have cut short his trip and come back home. I disagree. You don’t let three suicide bombers control the itinerary of the American president. Moreover, Obama’s next stop, Argentina, is actually important and had just elected a friendly government that broke from its long and corrupt Peronist past.
Nonetheless, Obama could have done without the baseball. What kind of message does it send to be yukking it up with Raúl even as Belgian authorities are picking body parts off the floor of the Brussels airport?
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