Once again, our president negotiated a dangerous deal normalizing relations with a Communist government, Cuba, and placed ‘Human Rights’ on the back table.
by Frank de Varona
On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama unilaterally reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in violation of the Helms-Burton law and the Constitution. The surprise announcement came at the end of 18 months of secret talks behind the backs of Congress and the American and Cuban people.
In June 2013, Obama sent two White House officials, Benjamin J. Rhodes and Ricardo Zúñiga, to meet in secret with Cuban officials and begin negotiations. Nine meetings were held, most of them in Canada, which has diplomatic relations with Cuba. Once again, Americans were left in the dark while the corrupt and deceptive Obama administration decided to help the anti-American terrorist and corrupt oppressive Cuban regime. To minimize criticism, Obama’s announcement was made after Congress had adjourned for the Christmas holidays. Pope Francis encouraged the negotiations. Unfortunately, the Pope did not demand, as neither did Obama, that the tyrant Raúl Castro respect human rights, hold free and fair elections, and release all political prisoners.
The day that Obama made the abominable announcement of normalizing relations with the tyranny that has oppressed the Cuban people for 56 years, the price of a barrel of oil was $55.93. The Venezuelan communist regime cannot survive unless the price of a barrel of oil is at least $130. The communist regime receives 94% of its income from oil exports. Since the price of oil is expected continue being very low in 2015 and beyond, as the result of increased oil production in the United States, Venezuela is about to go bankrupt.
Communist Cuba depends on the free oil that it receives from Venezuela to survive. It was for this reason that the Cuban dictator Raúl Castro started an aggressive campaign in the United States with communist officials of the Obama administration, as well as communist members of Congress and other useful idiots, to lift the embargo and to be recognized diplomatically. The Cuban tyrant knew that without the help of the United States the communist regime would also go bankrupt and that a change of government could possibly take place in Cuba.
Barack Obama, who has admired Fidel Castro for many years together with his preacher of 20 years of the United Church of Christ in Chicago, Jeremiah Wright, and his many communist friends, finally achieved his dream of helping the communist regime of Cuba. Obama stated in his speech that he did not want “the sanctions against Cuba to push the island into an abysm.” Obama forgets that the one that pushed Cuba into the abysm was the communist dictatorship of Cuba and not the United States.
By recognizing Cuba and partially destroying the Cuban embargo, Barack Obama has thrown a lifesaver and given oxygen to the Cuban dictatorship that now will be able to continue to jail opponents, assassinate and shoot freedom-loving Cubans, and continue to oppress 12 million people.