In Cuba on Monday, President Obama said that he “personally would not disagree” with some of Communist dictator Raul Castro’s criticisms of America.
During a joint press conference with the president, Castro attacked America over its record on human rights, the trade embargo (which he called a “blockade”), its “illegal occupation” of Guantanamo Bay, and its “inconceivable” failure to provide free food, health care, and social security.
Fellow traveler Obama saw nothing in that laundry list that he could disagree with.
“President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure everybody’s getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well,” Obama said. “I personally would not disagree with that.”
He added, “I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels we’re falling short because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.”
Earlier in the day, Obama and his delegation posed in front of a building with a mural depicting left-wing darling Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
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This was the president’s call, by the way:
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For those not acquainted with Che Guevara, journalist Michael J Totten describes him as “Fidel Castro’s chief executioner, a mass-murderer….”
“Just as Jacobin Paris had Louis Antoine de Saint-Just,” wrote French historian Pascal Fontaine, “revolutionary Havana had Che Guevara, a Latin American version of Nechaev, the nineteenth century nihilist terrorist who inspired Dostoevsky’s The Devils. As Guevara wrote to a friend in 1957, ‘My ideological training means that I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.’…He was a great admirer of the Cultural Revolution [in China]. According to Regis Debray, ‘It was he and not Fidel who in 1960 invented Cuba’s first corrective work camp,’ or what the Americans would call a slave labor camp and the Russians called the gulag.”
As Human Rights Foundation founder Thor Halvorssen famously wrote in an open letter to the Che-loving clothing chain Urban Outfitters, their hero’s “corrective work camps” were filled with “political dissidents, homosexuals, Jehovahs Witneses, Afro-Cuban priests, and anyone else who had committed “crimes” against the new moral revolution.”
Totten notes that Cubans who display open hatred for Che get arrested — which is an improvement over what happened to them when he was still alive: “they were executed or herded into slave-labor camps.”
Cuba’s “national hero” is only popular because everyone is required to revere him under penalty of law.
Our president chose to pose in front of a mural lionizing that guy. Talk about “being on the wrong side of history.”
But then, Obama’s entire presidency — from his first year “Apology Tour” to his late-term capitulations to Islamic and Communist tyrants — has been one woeful example after another of being on the wrong side of history.