“The Biden administration’s first major move on Cuba is the strongest signal yet it has little appetite to reverse Trump-era policies toward the island nation…The State Department this past week listed Cuba as among those “not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts,” renewing a determination first made in 2020. (by Trump Administration.)
Well, well. You’d like to think the Biden team’s (backhanded) compliment to the Trump team might issue from an actual analysis of how Trump’s Cuba policy protected U.S. interests. Alas, it’s probably nothing more than domestic realpolitik—i.e. an abashed recognition by Democrats of how thoroughly Trump shellacked Biden among those vital Cuban-American voters in vital Florida.
“So, okay, okay,” Democrat strategists eye-roll and sigh, “looking ahead, looks like we’ll have to do some pandering to those deplorable right-wing Cuban-American crackpots after all.”
But snickering Cuba-watchers gotta wonder how Obama and his crackerjack foreign policy team of John Kerry, Ben Rhodes–and especially!–CIA chief Dick Brennan are reacting. After all:
“Cuba and the United States signed an agreement to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking,money laundering and other international criminal activities on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.” (Reuters, Jan. 2017)
“Cuban security officials toured Key West drug-war center—A delegation of Cuban government national security officials recently toured the Pentagon’s counter-drug center in Key West (in May, 2016)— a first, signaling a nascent effort in U.S.-Cuban security cooperation. They got a briefing on the work that has been described as Southcom’s command center in the war on drugs.”
“Cuba has kept drug trafficking, in check— the U.S. State Department’s (under Obama) annual narcotics control report found that (Cuba) is not a major consumer, producer or transit point for illegal narcotics.” (Miami Herald, March 2017.)
In brief, unlike in the case of a Republican’s word under oath (Kavanaugh, Barrett, etc.) the Obama team and their Fake News Media auxiliaries believed every word uttered by the KGB-mentored apparatchiks of a Russian satrapy. And to demonstrate their fidelity to the Russian satrap’s word, the Obama team put our national security where Castro’s mouth was, by giving his top defense and secret police apparatchiks a guided tour of some of our most vital defense facilities!
In brief, unlike in the case with Republicans, no villainy linked to “Russian collusion” was attributed by Democrats to the apparatchiks who have run a terror-sponsoring Russian satrapy on our doorstep for upwards of 60 years!
And the egg on the Obama foreign policy team’s faces kept getting thicker and more rotten:
“Panamanian authorities on Saturday (May, 18, 2019) intercepted 46 suitcases containing an estimated $90 million in illegal drugs on a cargo ship that arrived from a Cuban port and was en route to Istanbul, Turkey. The suitcases contained 1,517 packages of drugs hidden in a container declared as containing charcoal.”
Needless to add: no mainstream U.S. media portal (not even Fox) reported on this blockbuster embarrassment to the Obama team.
But this wasn’t the first egg on the faces of the Obama team, especially the architects of the partnership with Castro such as Pajama Boy Ben Rhodes and CIA Chief John Brennan, who secretly met with Raul Castro’s son Alejandro. Instead:
“Panamanian authorities have intercepted over 401 kilos of cocaine in a shipment from Cuba en route to Belgium. The cocaine was found in a (Cuban) container camouflaged by (Cuban) molasses tanks.” (April, 14, 2017.)
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) attributes half the world’s cocaine supply to the Colombian Terror group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), who are intimately linked with the people who nowadays run next door Venezuela—who are Cuban-guarded and manipulated puppets.
“I don’t think I’d even call them (Venezuela) a regime, “ said Navy Adm. Craig Faller, head of U.S. Southern Command a few years ago, “ it’s a mafia. It’s an illicit business that he’s (Nicholas Maduro) running with his 2,000 corrupt generals. It’s ruining the country…Illicit narco trafficking through Venezuela is up some 40 percent.”
So the dots shouldn’t have been overly difficult to connect.
In fact, the FARC itself once gave credit where credit is due, attributing their rollicking success in terrorism and drug-smuggling to the Castro regime:
“Thanks to Castro” boasted late FARC commander Tiro-Fijo in an interview, “we are now a powerful army, not a hit and run band.”
Given the hefty piece of the action which the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (mislabeled “Cuba” by the media) undoubtedly got/gets from FARC, it’s only proper that FARC kingpins have the run of the Castro Family Fiefdom. In fact, some of these distinguished gentlemen were seated just a few rows from Obama himself when he attended that baseball game in Havana during his famous visit in March 2016.
Not that the Cuban regime’s drug-running started recently. Not by a long-shot:
“The case we have against Raul Castro right now (for drug-trafficking) is much stronger than the one we had against Manuel Noriega in 1988.” (U.S. prosecutors in Florida to the Miami Herald, July 1996.)
“Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News… “It was a major investigation involving numerous witnesses that was killed at the highest levels in Washington,” said a former Justice Department official with direct knowledge of the case.”
All of the information above should have been well-known to the Obama team by the time they embraced the Castro Crime Syndicate as partners against crime.