Not only is Obama pushing a “new approach” toward Cuba, he’s doing it in Miami. Naturally he isn’t using the exact words yet. For now there’s the usual rhetoric about smarter policies to update the old outdated pre-internet embargo. And he met with some dissidents to give him cover.
Barack Obama says it is time for the United States to revise its policies regarding Cuba. Speaking in Miami Friday, Obama said it doesn’t make sense that policies put in place more than 50 years ago would still be effective in the Internet age.
The president pointed out that Cuban leader Fidel Castro came into power in 1961, the same year Obama was born. The United States cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba that same year and imposed an economic embargo a year later.
The embargo doesn’t have anything to do with the internet, but Obama has learned that progressives robotically respond to idiotic rhetoric like that.
The Obama administration has engaged in recent discussions with the Cubans on migration and mail, and has relaxed travel and remittance rules for Cuban Americans.
And that’s worked out really well… for Castro.
Americans are visiting Cuba in record numbers despite strict travel restrictions.
Just over 98,000 U.S. citizens visited Cuba in 2012, up from 73,500 in 2011 and twice the number compared with five years ago, according to an online report by the National Statistics Office
U.S. citizens are barred from traveling to Cuba without government permission under a U.S. trade embargo imposed half a century ago that can only be lifted by Congress.
But Congress, Schmongress. Obama makes his own laws.
Obama authorized licenses for “purposeful” travel to more than 250 Cuba travel agents and allowed more airports to provide charter service between the two countries.
“This is not about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba. This is nothing more than tourism … a source of millions of dollars in the hands of the Castro government that they use to oppress the Cuban people,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told a congressional hearing soon after Obama instituted the policy.
One red hand washes the other red hand. And then they both get started on the brainwashing. And the usual suspects are already paving the way for the real agenda.
Religious leaders pushed President Barack Obama in an Oct. 22 letter to step up efforts at normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba.
The letter urged Obama to take several actions, including:
— Initiating direct, high-level dialogue with the Cuban government.
— Removing Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
— Lifting all restrictions on “people-to-people” travel between the U.S. and Cuba.
I know Bill de Blasio loves that idea.