Allen B. West

The absolutely inane reason Cuba was taken off the terror list

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Let me clearly state that the pure definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing and expect different results. Furthermore, the true definition of a failed and weak foreign policy is to reward an adversary for its belligerence.

I just have to ask, what has changed about Cuba under the ruthless rule of Raul Castro? Have any imprisoned political prisoners been released? How about those terrorists and criminals from America who have asylum — have they been repatriated to our shores to face justice?

Of course not. But nonetheless, President Obama wants to take Cuba off the terror list – for good behavior.

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“In his letter to Congress, Obama wrote that the Cuban government “has not provided any support for international terrorism” in the past six months, and has “provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.”

SIX months. Cuba has not provided any support to international terrorism since last year November – that’s it. You know, yesterday was Tax Day. What if we’d gone some 32 years without paying any taxes and then all of a sudden, we went six full months of paying taxes — ya think the federal government would take us off the hit list?

Oops, maybe if you’re Al Sharpton you can go as long as you want without paying taxes. But Cuba supposedly hasn’t supported international terrorism for six months, and that’s good enough for the Obama administration to trust them.

Except that just yesterday FARC leftist guerillas, “a terror group long fostered by Cuba — even today, the Castro brothers are harboring several wanted members of the group — murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base.” But we’ll just let that one slide.

Jeepers, we look abjectly incompetent as a nation.

And if we were to open up trade and economic relations, does anyone believe the fruits of that openness would filter down to the everyday Cuban? Does anyone believe the repressive communist regime will change and promote liberty, freedom, and democracy? Has Cuba renounced communism and the limits on the freedom of information for the Cuban people? What have we demanded change about Cuba?

Sure, let’s evaluate how we can do something different when it comes to relations with Cuba — but it must be done from a position of strength. Once again, the Obama doctrine of bowing, kneeling and presenting an open hand to a fist continues and there has been no demand for the Castro regime in Cuba to change its behavior. That is not normalizing relations — that is getting punked, played like a broken banjo.

According to the UK Guardian, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of US affairs, said: “The Cuban government recognized the fair decision made by the president of the United States to eliminate Cuba from a list that it never should have been included on, especially considering our country has been the victim of hundreds of acts of terrorism that have cost 3,478 lives and maimed 2,099 citizens.”

This is what happens when you operate from the position of weakness — your adversary plays the victim and blames you.

The Guardian quoted a young Cuban named Dyron Hernandez who said “I think Obama is the most popular world leader right now.” Yes Dyron, Obama certainly is the most popular world leader if you’re asking Vladimir Putin, Hasan Rouhani, Xi Jingping and every Islamic terrorist group leader in the world.

He’s popular because of his misguided foreign policy and naive national security posture that doesn’t present “peace through strength” but the nonsensical idea that creating a more accommodating America will make us — well, popular and liked.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the US would continue to have differences with the Cuban government, “but our concerns over a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions fall outside the criteria that is relevant to whether to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.”

Six months does not establish a trend for changing criteria — unless you are so starving to do something that leaves what you believe will be a lasting legacy.

Unfortunately, the only long-lasting aspect of Obama’s foreign policy is the loss of regard and respect for America.

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