First, here’s why our Matriarch-in-Chief Valerie Jarrett (who actually makes all the decisions of consequence) knows she can get away with this:
Looking forward to a neo-con/liberal debate on Cuba embargo that literally no one outside the political bubble will care about at all.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) December 17, 2014
Compared to some of the other shell games Team Chicago has played on the American people the last 6 years from “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” to “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” to “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” normalizing relations with Cuba should be easy. A people who no longer understand how to recognize and fight evil won’t understand the message this sends to tyrants and criminals the world over. CNN reports on another prisoner swap deal that should make every American feel a bit degraded:
The spin from Valerie Jarrett’s White House is that the pope supposedly had something to do with what progressives have wanted to do for decades:
This just in -> White House: Pope Francis Played Key Role In Cuba Negotiations http://t.co/86cE7NzFMd via
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 17, 2014
Red State’s Erick Erickson explains the basic Reaganite principle of “peace through strength” and how acts like this undermine it, leading to more aggression from foreign policies:
Here’s the run-down on Alan Gross:
— Nightline (@Nightline) December 17, 2014
Anyone naive enough to think that this will bring any sort of economic prosperity to the Cuban people, set straight by Michael Moynihan:
Hot Air’s Noah C. Rothman reports on Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s reaction:
Next page: video of Rubio on Fox News responding.
Here’s video of Rubio’s response on Fox News where he points out that the spies being released were responsible for providing information which led to the murder of American citizens:
The foreign policy moral compass of America has been broken since FDR chose to recognize the USSR in 1933. Until Americans of both parties stand up and say that we as a nation cannot treat free nations the same as slave states the world will remain in a perpetual state of war, chaos, and economic strife.
For progressives who still cover their eyes to the nature of the tyranny imposed on the Cuban people I recommend the powerful, beautiful film Before Night Falls, based on the autobiography of the extraordinary Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas, played by Javier Bardem:
See also from Bridget Johnson at the Yellow Ribbon Project, “Dem Chairman: Obama ‘Vindicated the Brutal Behavior of Cuban Government’ in Deal to Free Alan Gross“:
Gross had wrapped up work on a project to increase Internet access and connectivity at Cuban synagogues when he was seized the night before he was to return home. He spent 14 months behind bars before any charges were filed, then in March 2011 was quickly tried and convicted of “acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state” for distributing cell phones and other communications equipment as part of the USAID project.
He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Earlier this year he completed a nine-day hunger strike, telling his attorney in May that his 65th birthday would be the last he spends in prison, one way or another.