Barack Obama: The Soft on Tyranny President
In May of 2008 when Barack Obama was running for president he made a stop in Miami, Florida, a place well known for being a hotbed of anti-Castro, anti-communist sentiment. Miami is a place where many thousands of self-exiled Cubans settled after they fled a life of religious and political oppression and torture at the hands of Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro. While in Miami | Read More »
Today’s Podcast: Tea Parties, the Bush Six, and International Affairs.
I did my twice-monthly radio podcast with Fausta – we discussed Tea Parties, Cuba, the “Bush Six,” pirates of Somalia, the Vatican’s rejection/non-rejection of pro-choice ambassadors, the DHS rightwing extremist issue, and even a quick mention of IL-05. And, oh yeah, I sneered at the pro-torture Left. Just because I felt like it. Podcast and the various links mentioned after the fold. I would like | Read More »
End of the Cuba Embargo?
Very possibly. From Fausta: Cuba: U.S. Embargo to End? The Fifth Summit of the Americas is coming up next week, on April 17-19 in Trinidad-Tobago. The Summit’s theme is “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability.” It will be interesting to watch what the Obama administration has planned for the Summit regarding Cuba. As readers may recall, last February | Read More »
Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) Has No Problems With Repressive, Murderous Dictatorships
This is un-freakin’-believable. Holy cow. NPR interviews Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) about the Congressional Black Caucus’s visit to Cuba. Brown’s comments have gotten little play and, in fact, what should have been the money quote is totally ignored by NPR. At the 2 minute mark in the interview, the reporter Melissa Block asks, “Well, Congressman, you well know that supporters of current Cuba policy, supporters | Read More »
The Cuban situation about to get depressingly worse?
If you saw the CBC members’ visit to the Castro regime and winced (I’m sorry, but I can’t describe what happened there without using the word ‘slobbering’), I’m afraid that I have bad news for you: there may be more provocations to follow. Via Kausfiles, a reminder about how this regime operates: …whenever it looked as if Cuba was on the path to rejoining the | Read More »
Black Caucus Gives Castro Attention, Ammunition
Update: I see this is now getting more coverage. Check out the Politico and the LA Times. The Congressional Black Caucus has again sent a delegation to meet with Raul Castro and talk about the need to end the U.S. embargo on that country. And at least according to Fidel Castro, they were just as eager to apologize for America’s sins as Barack Obama has | Read More »
Castro: Obama’s Implementing My Vision
I’ve never argued that Barack Obama is a communist, but Fidel Castro seems to recognize a fellow traveler. Castro endorses calls for an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba and writes: If President Barack Obama travels the world asserting, as he did in his very own country, that it is necessary to invest the sums needed to pull out of the financial crisis, to | Read More »
Obama: The Worst Chess Player Ever
It has been announced that Medvedev and Putin, they dynamic duo of the new Communist Russia have reached, or nearly reached agreements with Cuba and Venezuela to host Russian strategic bombers. Now, while many readers are thinking to themselves that this is going to be Cuban Missile Crisis Part Two, a few things should first be examined. While JFK was untested as a president, he was well tested | Read More »
Senator Menendez (D, NJ) being recalcitrant over spending bill.
He doesn’t approve of the spending bill’s change in Cuba policy (Via Dan Riehl): :The Menendez rebellion was a jolt of political reality for Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Obama, signaling that the solidarity of the stimulus debate is fading as Democratic lawmakers are starting to read the fine print of the bills they will wrestle with in the coming weeks and months, | Read More »
Moderates in the Taliban?
“There may be opportunities to reach out to moderates in the Taliban, but the situation in Afghanistan is more complicated than the challenges the American military faced in Iraq, Obama said.” The above quote from President Obama puzzles me. I don’t know that there are any “moderates” in the Taliban. What exactly constitutes a moderate? Is it someone that just wants to kill some of | Read More »
Small Oil Producer in Need of Bailout
Never fear, Raul my friend, you have a friend in Washington. HAVANA — Cuba is still waiting for its offshore oil rush. It has been four years since U.S. experts said the island may sit atop nearly 10 billion barrels of deep-sea oil, revealing for Cuba an enormous economic Catch-22. Cuba needs the technical expertise of major Western oil companies to get to any of | Read More »
Meanwhile, 90 Miles From The Florida Coast . . .
Well, this is interesting, now isn’t it? Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday his country could talk to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, in Havana’s latest overture to the incoming Democratic administration in Washington.His remarks followed comments from his brother, President Raul Castro, who told a U.S. magazine he could meet Obama in a “neutral place” to try to end the Communist-run island’s four-decade | Read More »
Why not Obama?
If Obama wasn’t an African-American he wasn’t going to be where he is in this race. The cosmopolitan part of America is matching the need for change with the change of race or color and not the ideas. Does this mean that if in need for change, America after 8 years should elect an Asian-American, Albanian-American, Latino-American, Native American or a woman? The only good | Read More »
Massive Oil Reserves Found in Cuba
According to this: bbc(hat tip to Q&O) The Cubans might have a hoard of Black Gold next to them. But of course, we can’t develop our own, that might hurt the planet. Here is my prediction of a possible future: Reeling from one self imposed financial crises to the next, a desperate Obama administration gins up a series of Cuban “outrages” and then invades so | Read More »