The Handshake Heard ‘Round the World


orPresident Obama’s distressing rejection of American exceptionalism was on display for the whole world to see yesterday when he shamed his country by lowering himself to shake the blood-stained hand of Cuba’s Communist dictator.

In a brief but cordial encounter in a funeral receiving line at the southern tip of the African continent, Obama shook the hand of Cuba’s octogenarian tyrant, President Raul Castro, granting a kind of legitimacy to the caudillo who leads America’s Cold War enemy 90 miles from the Florida coast. In so doing Obama demonstrated his weakness and emboldened America’s enemies.

The occasion was a memorial service in South Africa for that country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, a Communist terrorist who, like Obama’s close personal friend Bill Ayers, used explosives to express himself politically.

Mandela, who died last week at age 95 long after serving a quarter-century in prison and helping to slay apartheid, has a few things in common with Obama.

Mandela, who routinely denounced the United States and Israel, set in motion the transformation of his once-prosperous nation into the community organizer’s paradise that is modern South Africa, complete with mob rule, mob justice, racial tension, and epidemic levels of violence. Mandela’s Marxist colleagues are continuing his work, community organizing that nation into Third World kleptocracy status.

Obama conspicuously ordered American flags flown at half-staff throughout the U.S. in honor of Mandela, an unusual tribute for the United States to afford a non-American, and in this case, a former foreign head of state. It is all part of Obama’s racial presidency in which he plays off racial and ethnic groups against each other, no matter what lasting harm it does to society. The flag-lowering is better treatment than he gave the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a far more consequential world leader whom he snubbed by skipping her funeral.

We’ve known for a long time that Obama is most at ease when he’s hanging out with thugs, terrorists, murderous anti-American despots, and anti-Semites. He carefully avoids harsh language when describing Iran’s barely concealed nuclear weapons program that his administration is allowing to go forward. A relativist and multiculturalist, Obama respects the former Persia’s so-called right to self-determination and nuclear arms even though the theocratic regime persecutes religious dissenters, puts gays to death, and almost daily promises to vaporize U.S. ally Israel.

Communist Cuba doesn’t have an evil system in Obama’s view. The Communists who have been terrorizing and enslaving the Cuban people are merely misunderstood. Americans, especially with their embrace of imperialism and colonialism, supposedly have no moral standing to criticize what the Castro brothers have built.

Ascertaining whether Obama actually bowed before Castro in reaching for his hand is a subjective exercise. The president often leans forward when greeting people. In order to be at eye-level and look in the face of Castro, who is much shorter than Obama, the president had to move the upper portion of his body simultaneously forward and downward.

Perhaps this has something to do with why MSNBC’s slogan is “lean forward.” After all, the cable news network full-throatedly supports Obama’s policies which are aimed at humbling America and punishing it for its greatness.

As president, Obama has long had a disturbing habit of bowing before foreign heads of state, as Keith Koffler observes. He has bowed before Communist Chinese President Hu Jintao, Saudi King Abdullah, Queen Elizabeth II, Japanese Emperor Akihito, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

“American presidents, who have been put in charge of a democratic nation that specifically broke from royalty, particularly should not bow to kings and queens,” Koffler writes. “Especially ones running repressive societies like Saudi Arabia. But on the very same day he bowed to Abdullah, he also bowed to Queen Elizabeth, chief of the monarchy that was our former Lord and Master.”

Obama may as well have warmly slapped Castro on the back and given him an “attaboy!” for all the hard work he’s done over the years to achieve redistributionist nirvana on his decrepit island nation that has become a popular sex tourism destination in the de-developed world. We can only wonder how many death warrants for anti-Communist dissidents and freedom fighters Castro has signed with that hand or how many times he has used the fingers that touched Obama’s to pull the trigger of a rifle and execute an enemy of Cuba’s long-lived gangster regime.

Shaking Castro’s hand implies that the Cuban president is Obama’s equal, a legitimate world leader worthy of respect. This is consistent with our president’s worldview.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appropriately upbraided President Obama for the hit-and-run grip-and-grin, comparing the gesture to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s infamous handshake with Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War Two. That handshake symbolically gave Nazi Germany a green light to take over the Sudetenland and helped to clear the way for the Third Reich’s violent expansion across Europe.

“It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dictatorial, brutal regime, that’s all,” McCain said.

Obama shouldn’t have done it, McCain asserted. “Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what’s the point?”

McCain appeared to be referring to Jewish American Alan Gross who has been rotting in a Cuban jail since 2009. Gross is a political prisoner who was snagged for outreach to Cuba’s Jewish community.

Say what you will about his flakiness, but Americans can always count on President Obama to embarrass them on overseas trips. He routinely makes a mockery of the high office to which the American people have twice elected him.

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  • truebearing

    Obama’s bowing is false humility. He’s essentially still campaigning, this time for president of the global government that he and the rest of his transnationalist co-conspirators hope will rise with the demise of the United States. Maybe Obama figures the international Left owes him the position for delivering a destroyed America.

    Obama would shake the hand of the devil himself if he thought it would benefit him, or hurt us.

  • Jason

    Yes, let’s be friendly to the oppressive and hostile dictator. Maybe if we’re nice, they’ll notice us? Oh please Mr. Castro, please, we just love you so much! After this, I’m off to Zimbabwe to have a safari with Mugabe, and on the way home I’ll stop off in Egypt so I can visit my good buddy Mr. Morsi!

    Seriously, grow a pair. Start representing common decency and dont associate with scum like that. My god, if it was Bush who shook Castro’s hand, he’d be castrated for it.

  • todd555

    Obama black. Black good, white bad. Obama conceal school grades, he be smart.

    • native brooklynese

      we be dumb, and we are made to have the misery

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    obama rises above petty judgements of dictators because he’s so open minded and evolved.
    Aren’t we all impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He reserves those judgements for conservatives!!

  • HJK

    Another bow. Disgraceful.

    • oandroplex700

      well at least obama is consistant, with the tyrants of the world, thats about it, though

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      It wasn’t a bow….He was leaning in in preparation for falling to his knees and kiss Raul’s feet.

  • Hass

    How wrong can one be?.

    I thought Osama couldn’t stoop any lower.

    • Watchman On the Wall

      we probably haven’t seen anything yet.

  • JVictor

    It is time for people on the left to realize that Obama is at the very least, un-American or, at worst, anti-American in the way he postures himself with leaders around the world. He continues to see himself as above the constraints of being a US citizen. He narcissistically sees himself as the leader of the world. (Forget the reality that Putin and others have trumped him internationally regularly.) He has no concern for protecting the interests of the United States of America at home (Obamacare, the auto bailout, just to name 2) or abroad (Fast and Furious, Neville-Chamberlain-esque “treaties” with Iran, returning Churchill’s bust to England, requiring Israel return to pre-1969 borders, just to name 4). Why? His formative years were spent in Hawaii, not exactly a place where American exceptionalism is lauded, and Indonesia, where, at minimum, he was drilled with anti-western rhetoric and anti-colonialism mantra and spent a lot of his time learning what to do when he heard the “beautiful” chords of the athan. Shaking the hand of and bowing to a brutal dictator should be no surprise. Why would anyone think this embarrassment is capable of any other type of behavior?

  • Lanna

    Birds of a feather flock together….Like minds and ideologies.. Representative.Illeana Ros Leightenen commented on this move yesterday…the handshake was especially offensive to Cubans who lived under Fidel’s reign.

  • timpottorff

    The second term will be the most revealing of the inner workings of this Marxist. He is repulsed by patriots and free-market heroes. He seems to admire the totalitarian regimes the most. I never thought the US would ever see a true Marxist elected.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The US needs VOTER ID – which benefits both parties and only thwarts those who are trying to subvert the USA.

      • Dallas25305

        What about the Democraps voter fraud in racist Black districts?? They depend on those votes and having the IRS attack the tea party to make sure they are not involved in the elections. This is Obozo and Saul Alinsky tactics.

    • frodo

      You still haven’t.

      • notalibfool

        So you mean we could get stuck with someone worse than Obamatard?

        • frodo

          So clever.

          • Notalibfool

            Clever? Certainly clever enough to not support him.

      • Heff

        How is Obama not a Marxist if he uses Marxist doctrine to fundamentally transform our government sfter learning at the knees of Marxists his entire life? Is he just ptetending to be a Marxist?

        • frodo

          What Marxist doctrine’s been emplaced? Repetition doesn’t make things true. Nor can you use “Marxist” as a synonym for “policies I don’t like” regardless of where they come from (like Obamacare’s sources in the Heritage Foundation).

  • Lanna

    This was a real Eye-Popper…just like Bowing to King of Saudi Arabia!

  • ETP

    Seriously, why is anyone surprised at this?????

  • ff3psyc

    Yeah, Presidents Bush and Dubya, Reagan, Ford and Nixon NEVER shook hands with the repressive dictators of Chile, El Salvador, Iraq or Afghanistan when they were allied with the US against Communism…

    • JSC

      True, but they were/are our dictators and they answer to us, we put them on a short leash, and try to control their abuses but also to protect their people who have no regard for life as many of the other sides dictators. Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own people and mass graves are still being found. The Taliban didn’t even allow little girls to go to school and executions were done on soccer fields. El Salvador was fighting against a massive Communist machine that took over Nicaragua. Chile had foreign communists that were imposing their ideals by the barrel of a gun.

      • dennis x

        Yeah you controlled them right up to 9-11.

        • Heff

          dumbass x,

          I guess you missed all the sanctions.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Unlike KGB Putin and the commisars and heads of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Red China which backed socialist, commie thugs all over the world like Cuba, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Islamofascist Regime of Fascist Iran.

      • ennis

        Don’t forget Saddam’s Iraq, Idi Amin’s Uganda, Mengistu’s Ethopia and both Assad’s of Syria.

    • ennis

      And combined they killed what? A few weeks worth of the deaths caused by the great leap forward.

      • ff3psyc

        Perhaps. Yet, the Reagan administration, and briefly the Bush I administration, sought fit to do business with him against Iraq, turning a blind eye to Hussein’s gassing of Kurds. It seems that it’s ok if a president shakes hands with anti-communist dictators and torturers, but a brief yet polite exchange between Obama and Raul Castro somehow is a national disgrace.

        • Heff

          Diplomacy Vs. endorsement. Learn the difference, douchewad.

  • Juan Motie

    My American Flag will never be lowered for a marxist piece of trash …

  • Michael Garfinkel

    It can’t be said enough: Obama was elected twice with overwhelming support from the American Jewish community, who, incidentally, couldn’t care less about the imprisonment of Mr. Gross.

  • tommo2

    One day the story will be told how a prosperous and well ordered society run by white South Africans was handed over to a black despot to destroy and to continue cleansing whites from Africa because only blacks have the right to live there. This is apartheid if ever there was on a criminal scale. So much for Mandela’s rainbow nation. What a farce!

  • frodo

    This is simply nonsense–or at best another manufactured “controversy.”

    Where was your outrage at a long list of handshakes with “bad guys” engaged in by Reagan or other folk of the Right?

    Comparing a brief handshake at funeral to Neville Chamberlain’s shaking hands with Hitler is simply offensive (not to say stupid).

    • JVictor

      Middle Earth beckons you, frodo. Return to your alternative reality and leave sanity to the rest of us.

      • frodo

        Most of the time, FrontPage is an alternative reality.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Alternative to your socialist, murderous islamofascist appeasing world.

          • frodo

            To the Real World where actual people live.

          • reader

            If you claim that you need to bend to shake hand of a person who is shorter than you are by a few inches, you don’t live in the Real World. Are you surrounded by Oompa Loompas?

          • MLCBLOG

            You are so superior in your ignorance/disagreement here.

          • Heff

            FantasyLand? That’s only teal to Fisney characters and delusional leftists.

          • Drakken

            Your shortbus special window licking world is a sight to behold. Your living proof that you just can’t fix stupid, not even with duct tape, but you can get your attention with the loving tap of a 2 by 4.

          • frodo

            Must be nice to think that you can win arguments that way. At times, this magazine *does* occupy an alternate world, just like others on the left sometimes occupy their own.

          • Drakken

            There are no longer niceties and pleasantries or reasonable disagreements with the left, those days are long gone.

        • Drakken

          WTF is wrong with you? Did you flunk lunch because the drugs had a bad side affect?

          • frodo

            Did you? What justifies your rudeness?

    • HJK

      Since you are unfamiliar with basic an common connotations of greeting in Western culture:

      A handshake is a common courtesy.
      A bow symbolizes subservience.

      How fitting is it for the President of the United States of America to bow in front of a Marxist and a sworn enemy of the United States?

      • frodo

        Is it a bow if you bend to reach the hand of someone shorter than you? I think not.

        • HJK

          He did not have to bow to reach his arm. Obama’s arm was some 90 degrees at the elbow. He did not have bend over like that unless it was a bow.

          • frodo

            Nonsense. But, if this mirror universe version makes you happy, you can believe whatever mistaken nonsense you want.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM
      • dennis x

        If you look at the picture the President is much tall than Castro it wasn’t a bow. Also, look around your house how many things were made in China as in Red-China. I guess there are no human rights violations in China. The right wants war with Iran over nukes but Israel has nukes and North Korea has tested several nuclear capable rockets. Remember chenney handshake with saddam?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Your Soviet SOCIALIST Uncle Joe Stalin had his “non-aggression” pact with National SOCIALIST hitler –

      they both invaded Poland – and later, like a true SOCIALIST, Socialist hilter reneged on the pact and invaded Russia.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov%E2%80%93Ribbentrop_Pact

      No honor amongst thieves.

      • frodo

        What’s your point? It’s still a foolish and empty comparison.

    • Robert Lande

      We are making way too much of this. There are a lot of more substantive things to be concerned about than a handshake at a funeral. Obama does has a habit of appearing to bow when he shakes hands, but I don’t think that is a big deal either. Now, screwing up our foreign relations with allies and adversaries and our health system, I am very concerned (if not alarmed) about.

    • Heff

      Chomo, don’t expect anybody to believe the Obama talking point thst shsking hands with a scummy tyrant and lifelong enemy of America is a “manufactured distraction.” The only manufactured distraction is the one you leftists are trying to use to protect your snti-Ameticsn Ptrsident from the consequences of his hateful act.

      Would Obama shake hands with the Grand Dragon of the KKK? Would you? The last time I checked, the Grand Poobah hasn’t murdered, tortured and imprisoned tens of thousands of his critics, and he doesn’t live like a Sultan while his people make do with beans and prostitution.

      There is no moral equivalency between past presidential handshakes done for diplomatic formality and Obama’s unnecessary and open endorsement of a petty tyrant. The hatred the left has for America is limitlrss.

      • frodo

        Sigh. Why can’t a comparison be made to Nixon shaking hands with Mao? Why can’t this be seen as a diplomatic formality-or, better, simple politeness? The Grand Dragon isn’t a head of state–even if the state is one that we have fundamental disagreements with.

        I do expect reasonable people to see things for what they are–and to find real things to get upset with, of which there are no shortage with this President (drone assassinations, surveillance). This is a trivial thing.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Why can’t a comparison be made to Nixon shaking hands with Mao?”

          Why can’t you contrast the 2 events? Weak in knowledge of history?

          “This is a trivial thing.”

          In the context of all the other disappointments, I agree with you that’s it’s a minor annoyance. I’m not surprised in the least. And it’s not like it’s a big betrayal because it’s already very clear how 0′Bama feels about communists and socialists. Nixon wanted to deliver the USA and NATO from communism, 0′Bama wants to deliver the USA to international socialism.

          It would be better if he only played golf for the rest of his days. Because when he acts, America loses.

          • frodo

            My point is that Mao and Nixon shaking hands had actual significance in history–this handshake with Raul Castro that people are so exercised about does not. Not hard to understand, I think.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “My point is that Mao and Nixon shaking hands had actual significance in history–this handshake with Raul Castro that people are so exercised about does not.”

            It’s a lot less significant than China. The controversy lies in the difficulty for most people to see why he would do it when we want to move Cuba away from tyranny and we don’t actually need anything from Cuba ourselves.

            It seems foolish to me, but totally consistent with his foreign policy.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Context matters.

      • frodo

        That’s my point–this shouldn’t be controversial because of the context.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          It’s only marginally controversial. It’s disappointing more than anything. Cuba is not actually a threat to us. Cuba is hurting its own citizens more than anyone else. Shaking Hitler’s handshake was more dangerous but also had potentially more upside if things had done the way they hoped.

          One should be reasonably free to compare and contrast with other controversial handshakes without freaking anyone out.

          “Where was your outrage at a long list of handshakes with “bad guys” engaged in by Reagan or other folk of the Right?”

          Context matters, and you’re talking about historical events so you need to be specific.

  • Walter Sieruk

    This joining of hands in a handshake between Obama and Castro brings to mind the teachings of the Bible. Which reads “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not go unpunished.” Proverbs 11:21. [KJV]

  • ApolloSpeaks

    OBAMA FORGET’S THE MAINE AND SHAKES RAUL CASTRO’S HAND OUT OF DEFERENCE TO MANDELA AND SOCIALISM
    Why did Obama shake the monstrous hand of Raul Castro at the Mandela Memorial yesterday? Was it out of deference to Mandela who loved the Castros for their unfailing support of his cause while he suffered like a dog in jail? Did Obama who imagines that he’s inherited Mandela’s mantle think he was channeling his spirit and that given the occasion it was the right and proper thing to do? Is that what was going through his mind?
    As Mandela had never been critical of the totalitarian, human rights crushing, Castro regime and its oppression of the Cuban people in communist misery why should Obama? After all wasn’t the great and saintly Mandela (who deserved all the praise he received yesterday for fighting apartheid and pragmatically governing South Africa with justice and humanity) nevertheless a communist at heart? When visiting Cuba in 1990 did he not praise Castro’s revolution “as a source of inspiration to freedom loving people everywhere?”
    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com to read the rest.
    Why did Obama shake the monstrous hand of Raul Castro at the Mandela Memorial yesterday? Was it out of deference to Mandela who loved the Castros for their unfailing support of his cause while he suffered like a dog in jail? Did Obama who imagines that he’s inherited Mandela’s mantle think he was channeling his spirit and that given the occasion it was the right and proper thing to do? Is that what was going through his mind?
    As Mandela had never been critical of the totalitarian, human rights crushing, Castro regime and its oppression of the Cuban people in communist misery why should Obama? After all wasn’t the great and saintly Mandela (who deserved all the praise he received yesterday for fighting apartheid and pragmatically governing South Africa with justice and humanity) nevertheless a communist at heart? When visiting Cuba in 1990 did he not praise Castro’s revolution “as a source of inspiration to freedom loving people everywhere?”
    Click http://www.apollospeaks.com to read the rest.

  • JSC

    I am an expert in Lip Reading:

    “I’m wearing my Che T-shirt comrade. Viva Fidel. Viva la Revolucion!”

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Here is proof that Obama bows to tyrants. Obama was well trained by jeremiah wright, bill ayers…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WlqW6UCeaY

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Obama supporters are rehabilitating terrorists everywhere I look: see http://clarespark.com/2013/11/17/rehabilitating-the-weathermen/. “Rehabilitating the Weathermen” about the Redford movie adapted from Neil Gordon’s best seller THE COMPANY YOU KEEP.

  • MLCBLOG

    Kleptocracy. What a great word!!

  • Texas Patriot

    So it’s alright for Richard Nixon to shake hands with Mao Tse Tung. And it’s alright for George W. Bush to kiss the king of Saudi Arabia. But it’s not alright for Barack Obama to shake hands with the ruler of Cuba at a state funeral of one of the leading political personalities of the latter half of the 20th Century?

    • frodo

      Exactly. There’s always a freakout in search of an object, no matter how trivial.

      Nixon shaking Mao’s hand actually meant something–the handshake under discussion here does not.

      • Texas Patriot

        The political news media have learned the trick of pushing the emotional buttons of their target audience to the extent that truth has little to do with anything.

        • A Z

          It is much better for China to be an ally of the USSR than an ally of the U.S.?

          Then I guess Nixon’s handshake was wrong.

          • Texas Patriot

            I think having China as an ally would be great. Just as I think having Russia as an ally would be great. But that’s not the point here. The question is whether the President of the United States is guilty of acting improperly by shaking the hand of a leader of a foreign country which is not necessarily aligned, for the moment at least, with American interests. If that is the case, as others have pointed out, then Obama is not alone in the commission of this infraction.

          • A Z

            Who else shook his hand.

            When U.S. diplomats jawboned with Kim Jung Il and took picture with him, they assisted the North Korean oligarchy in bestowing legitimacy upon itself.

            It is the same here. That is my beef with it.

          • Texas Patriot

            From my standpoint, Raul Castro is not any worse than Mao Tse Tung, and he’s probably not nearly as bad in terms of sheer volume of mass murders. The real deal is that Cuba is a failed Stalinist dictatorship on its last legs which needs to be brought into the 21st Century. If we can do business with China, we can do business with Cuba.

          • A Z

            No.

            We either keep a near as airtight embargo as we can or we go completely the other way and smother them with commercial and cultural contacts so we overwhelm their secret police network and the people rise up.

            Seeing as how the Europeans and Canadians have broken the embargo , we probably should end it and maybe use the Sullivan principles that were used in South Africa.

            China was a strategic necessity. Cuba is not that big.

            but still since the embargo is failing due to backsliding Eurotrash, we might as well go the other way.

            It is like psychology door in the face versus foot in the door. They both are “valid” ways of a person getting want they want. Embargo or Sullivan principles are both valid ways.

            The Embargo almost worked in the 1st years after the fall of the USSR. Cuba almost ran out of money and out of steam. But that time is past.

          • Drakken

            Isn’t it rather curious that the same dumbazz who negotiated with the NORKS is the same dumbazz that we have negotiating with Iran? She is the poster child of affirmative action as there has ever been an it shows.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            So 0′Bama is just about to deliver something related to our relationship with Cuba? In the best interests of the USA?

            I wish I could believe that.

          • Texas Patriot

            We shall see.

        • A Z

          I looked for the Barry Goldwater quote and did not find it.

          • Texas Patriot

            Here you go:

            “Nixon was the most dishonest individual I have ever met in my life. He lied to his wife, his family, his friends, his colleagues in the Congress, lifetime members of his own political party, the American people and the world.”

            Barry Goldwater

            http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/barry_goldwater.html#pmiUAy3wx77K2ZAc.99

          • A Z

            Well then Barry Goldwater never met Lyndon Baines Johnson or was not a good judge of character.

            I saw this film where Nixon was asked if he had an “special” business deals. He said no. Some psychologists reviewing the tape said he was lying. I believe them. I can see Nixon thinking every other politician is on the take to one degree or another and they single me out. He was not any worse and probably much better than the rest otherwise they would friend him. That is how I know he is better than most of the others. they had a real hard on for him. If they could have proved it they would have gone for him. Or if they could have proved it ti without taking down too many others, they would have done it.

            That popular mayor in China whose wife was convicted of murdering the British guy. Remember him? He was problematic for the Central committee of the Chinese party. They could not touch him on corruption without touching themselves. So they waited and stewed. Once his wife murdered the British guy they had an opening to bring him down without corruption charges and took it. Read the press. It says almost all the Chinese leaders are dirty

            The point of these example is the same holds true in America.

            Nixon was not pure as the wind driven snow, but compare him point by point with Kennedy, JFK, LBJ, Ike and he would not be the worst.

          • Texas Patriot

            A Z: “Nixon was not pure as the wind driven snow, but compare him point by point with Kennedy, JFK, LBJ, Ike and he would not be the worst.”

            Can you name another American president who was elected by secretly sabotaging national peace talks designed to end a tragic war that America should never have gotten involved in?

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21768668

          • A Z

            One of the accusers is Clark Clifford of BCCI fame.

            The NSA was spying on German Prime Minister Angela Merkl? Oh wait she, was not around then, the NSA was spying on our ally, South Vietnam.

            What concession by North Vietnam. Those are conveniently left out.

          • Texas Patriot

            Take off your partisan blinders. You are not being objective in your analysis, and that is a very definite weakness in correctly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of any political adversary. Nixon was a disaster for America, for the Republican Party, for his family, and for himself, and there is absolutely no way to defend him either as a politician or as a man. But is anyone condemning him for shaking hands with Mao Tse Tung? No. It’s the statesmanlike thing for an American president to do even with the worst of our political and ideological adversaries. Unless of course we are already in an actual state of war with them, then of course it’s shoot on sight. But just in case you’ve missed it, America hasn’t actually been in a state of war with anyone since WWII.

          • A Z

            Leaving behind 1,000 or 25,000 American soldiers in Soviet Death Camps at the end of WW2 is worse than anything you can come up with.

            I refuse to knee jerk condemn Nixon above all others unless all the cards on the table.

            Let’s see family. One of daughters married a son of Ike & the other one is doing well too.

            You can starve Cuba regime with an embargo ( was happening in the 1990s without the USSR aid, but not now) or smother them with cultural and commercial contacts. OIbama seems to have adopted choice C, which is give them legitimacy from the West.

            “No. It’s the statesmanlike thing for an American president to do even with the worst of our political and ideological adversaries.”

            Photo Op with Pol Pot?

            Idi Amin?

            Bokhassa? (He ate people)

          • Texas Patriot

            A Z: “I refuse to knee jerk condemn Nixon above all others unless all the cards on the table.”

            I don’t think you should do that. In fact, I don’t think you should “knee jerk” condemn anything. That’s what the demagogues want, you know. They pull a string, and you jerk a knee. What a laugh for them. But here’s a clue. They’re not laughing with you. Like the matador with the half-crazed bull in the ring, they want you upset and fighting mad so that if you see a red cape you will automatically go berserk without thinking at all.

            Being free and thinking for yourself and making up your own mind about important issues is an enormous responsibility and a lot of hard work. Basically, I think we all owe it to ourselves to consider things very carefully before we react to anything if we want to remain free in this modern age of electronic media with multiple points of view about everything.

            And so, the point of our little discussion about Richard Nixon and Mao Tse Tung was not to condemn Richard Nixon, but rather to help you see that Obama shaking hands with the brother of Fidel Castro at a state funeral for Nelson Mandela was not that big of a deal in the overall scheme of American statesmanship.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “But is anyone condemning him for shaking hands with Mao Tse Tung?”

            Nixon delivered China with that handshake. At least that is the context. Splitting China from the Soviets was a pretty big coup.

            Having said that, I think Nixon was a loser in many ways. And if 0′Bama delivers anything solid anywhere, people will be less concerned about shaking hands with regime leaders that kill Americans.

            Not that I care too much about whose hand he shakes. It’s barely interesting enough to comment on. It’s more interesting looking at the reasons why people are so critical. Hint: It’s not really racism.

            I predict this will be forgotten when he’s bowing and scraping in Iran next year. If he actually delivered something for our interests vis-a-vis Iran, I would care a whole lot less what greetings and political protocols he used. And I barely care now. What I care about are the effects of his actions in sum, not just the photo ops.

          • Texas Patriot

            OFM: “Nixon delivered China with that handshake.”

            Portraying Nixon as a delivery man seems odd to me. Since Nixon didn’t have China, it’s somewhat difficult to imagine how he could have delivered China. It’s probably more accurate to say that Nixon delivered America to China, but it was still a good thing. I think it is clear that much good has flowed and may still flow from that relationship. By the same token, if Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro signals a new thaw in American-Cuban relations, much good may flow from that relationship as well.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “By the same token, if Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro signals a new thaw in American-Cuban relations, much good may flow from that relationship as well.”

            In theory it’s possible. Based on history, I’m not counting any chickens. Iran is much worse even though there was no controversial handshake.

            I guess at this point the handshake had very little downside. The partisans have to point out that it’s more of the same thing and that probably means that we still need to change course. There’s no harm in putting pressure on 0′Bama to deliver on behalf of the USA.

    • Heff

      It’s the difference between diplomatic formality and an anti-American photo-op used to endorse a petty tyrant. Don’t be such an @ss.

      • Texas Patriot

        Heff: “It’s the difference between diplomatic formality and an anti-American photo-op used to endorse a petty tyrant.”

        Which one is which?

  • A Z

    “The flag-lowering is better treatment than he gave the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a far more consequential world leader whom he snubbed by skipping her funeral.”

    South Africa is a very consequential nation. It has the nuclear bomb like Britain and it has a similarly large population.

    Whether it stays consequential is another matter.

    The unequal treatment Thatcher’s death and Mandela’s death puts Obama in a poor light but deservedly so. He did it not bush.

    • A Z

      Ok past tense. Sputh Africa had 6 nukes but dismantled them by 1991. the infrastructure is still there. Just saying that South Africa is consequential.

      • Drakken

        SA didn’t dismantle them, they handed them over to the Israeli’s right before Mandela took power and it was a nice eff you to the incoming black govt.

        • A Z

          It did not say where the pieces went. but if they went to Israel I would have expected someone to make a stink about it.

          “South Africa ended its nuclear weapons programme in 1989. All the bombs (six constructed and one under construction) were dismantled and South Africa acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons when South African Ambassador to the United States Harry Schwarz signed the treaty in 1991. On 19 August 1994, after completing its inspection, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that one partially completed and six fully completed nuclear weapons had been dismantled. As a result, the IAEA was satisfied that South Africa’s nuclear programme had been converted to peaceful application”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

          • Drakken

            Here, let me bloody well repeat myself and never use wiki for a reference, SA sent their nukes to Israel before the US had a chance to grab them, regardless of what a UN report says. Those are the facts.

          • A Z

            The tenor of my comment was misreadable. You are former military, so maybe those are your sources.

            I said ” I would have EXPECTED the Left to make a stink about it.

            then again if the UN inspectors saw that SA actually had no more nukes, knew that they went to Israel, but that no one at UN HQ would ask about it they would turn a blind eye.

            That as in the back of my mind.

    • Dallas25305

      Chairman Obozo hates countries that where allies of the U.S.A. However he loves 3rd world leftist dictatorships who are enemies of the U.S. I think people should have a good idea where this racist, marxist piece of garbage stands after 5 years.

    • Drakken

      Right before white rule ended, SA gave their nukes to Israel, because they couldn’t trust a black run govt to be wise about their use.

    • Crassus

      The libs will still find a way to blame it all on Bush.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    Nixon in China, Reagan with Gorbachev, Roosevelt with Stalin… What’s the news here?

  • Dallas25305

    There is no surprise here. Chairman Barack Hussein is just giving the respect he believes he should to a fellow Marxist. After all Castro is already in the position Obozo wants to be in. Castro is the leader of a Communist 3rd world nation like Obama wants to create. It’s not like he is meeting a Leader from a former Western Allied nation. He hates those guys and does what ever he can to let them know it.

  • UCSPanther

    Just like Pierre Trudeau. Sickening.

    Only this time around, the Castro regime is showing its age and is looking as creaky and decrepit as ever.

  • Watchman On the Wall

    The selfie was immature and stupid, but this was traitorous.

    • vulgar_imposter

      Get out of the basement, Watchman. Perhaps some of the outrage will dissipate.

  • Tim

    Get a life! Understand Negotiating 101: disarm your opponent! This is what Obama did. Castro was not ready for this. Obama used the world stage to show that, although US does not agree with Cuba, in a humanitarian situation, both leaders need reconciliation.
    Right wingers show a tremendous degree of self-righteousness.. almost Pharisaical.

    • reader

      You may be on to something. Obama’s real opponent is the Constitutional Republic, the United State of America, and he is very successful at disarming it.

  • Glitch Girl

    Wall Street directly funded the Bolshevik revolution that built the communist USSR which the US allied with as well as communist China against Germany and Japan yet a handshake is somehow news. Right at this very moment the US has aligned with, funded and militarily supports Islamo-fascists. I know O is the enemy in chief, but this handshake is nothing when viewed in the light of true historical fact.

    Still, it should not have happened.

  • tokoloshiman

    OH BUMMER!

  • vulgar_imposter

    If you’re upset about Obama shaking hands with Castro, McCain shaking hands with Gaddafi must have really gotten your panties in a wad.

  • vulgar_imposter

    Or what about Nixon shaking hands with Mao? Whoa, what a traitor!

  • vulgar_imposter

    Uh, oh. The patron saint of the Republican party shook hands with Gorbachev. Can it be true? Was Reagan a commie?

  • vulgar_imposter

    Oh, no! Not Rummy, too! He shook hands with Saddam?!? This is truly embarrassing.

  • vulgar_imposter

    Oh, this is too much. Nixon shaking hands with Castro? What was he thinking?

  • Crassus

    Give him a break. Obummer was only congratulating Castro for signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I agree, But I think all of these angry folks would also agree, but they see this handshake as consistent with all of the other negative developments. We don’t want to alienate more friends or hug more enemies. We’d be better off if this POTUS remained on the golf course.

    • Robert Lande

      I agree. How can we keep him on the golf course or playing basketball? Seriously, I feel like I’m trapped at the back of a bus careening down the interstate with no driver.

  • Dallas25305

    There is no surprise here. Chairman Barack Hussein is just giving the
    respect he believes he should to a fellow Marxist. After all Castro is
    already in the position Obozo wants to be in. Castro is the leader of a
    Communist 3rd world nation like Obama wants to create. It’s not like he
    is meeting a Leader from a former Western Allied nation. He hates
    those guys and does what ever he can to let them know it.