Latin America did not become Latrine America all by itself. It received a lot of help from a single source: Cuba’s Castro dictatorship.
Until the world (and the U.S.) recognizes and acknowledges that Cuba is at the center of virtually all the security threats brewing in Latin America, there will be little anyone can do to address them. If you don’t confront the root of the problem, you will never solve the problem.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Says Cuba Is at Center of Latin America’s Security Challenges
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) says Cuba plays a major role in Latin America’s growing security challenges in an increasingly globalized world.
Ros-Lehtinen also called for the United States and its western, democratic allies to ramp up their efforts against other nations in Latin America that are corrupt and being influenced by the radical ideologies of countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies, in order to help save and secure western civilization.
“When we talk about security challenges in Latin America it is hard not to begin with Cuba,” Ros-Lehtinen, who is of Cuban descent, said while speaking at the 2017 Western Hemisphere Security Forum on Thursday. The annual event was hosted by the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) and the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS). SFS was established in 2004 and is part of the Atlas network of think tanks. It is focused on countering transnational threats in the western world.
“Like so many Cubans who came to Miami, my family and I were fortunate to escape the brutal Castro regime,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “A regime that, as we’ve seen over the years, will do whatever it takes – murder, espionage, propaganda, repression – to stay in power. Just yesterday I met with Cuban dissidents and former political prisoners who described the crimes against humanity that are still happening on the island.”
Ros-Lehtinen received the Manwaring Award, which was created to honor policymakers and public officials who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to securing and protecting freedom in the Americas, and specifically in the western hemisphere.
“Dr. Manwaring has been at the forefront of fighting Western Hemisphere security challenges over his distinguished career and it is an honor to receive an award in his name,” she said.
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