Usually you have to get at least two sentences into an Obama speech to find a whopper so big that McDonald's wouldn't be able to figure out what to charge for it. Not this time. Instead the worst lie in Obama's Cuba speech was in his very first sentence.
"Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba," Obama said.
No, nope. Still no.
Cuban is run by the Castro thugs. There is no democratically elected government. Obama did not make a deal with the elected representatives of the Cuban people.
He made a deal with the Castro crime family.
The people of Cuba have no say in how they live. They have no say in how they are governed. They have no say in their relationship with the United States except to flee by boat. Which many of them have done.
That opening sentence is the slimiest lie in Obama's series of lies about his dirty deal with the Castros. It's the slimiest lie because with it Obama makes the explicitly false claim that Raul Castro represents the Cuban people.
It's an endorsement of the Communist dictatorship.
"There’s a complicated history between the United States and Cuba. I was born in 1961 — just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, and just a few months after the Bay of Pigs invasion, which tried to overthrow his regime," Obama said, as usual making it all about him.
The phrasing of his speech actually makes the case that the history involved doesn't matter because it took place before Obama was born.
This is disturbingly egocentric even for Obama.
"Neither the American nor the Cuban people are well-served by a policy that's rooted in events that took place before many of us were born," Obama states.
Regardless of when Obama was born, the regime he just made a deal with it is still the same one as then. That concept seems to elude Obama's narcissistic grasp of history.
"First, I’ve instructed Secretary (of State John) Kerry to immediately begin discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations that have been severed since January of 1961. Going forward, the United States will re-establish an embassy in Havana, and high-ranking officials will visit Cuba."
I'm sure Hanoi John will be thrilled.
"Second, I’ve instructed Secretary Kerry to review Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. This review will be guided by the facts and the law. Terrorism has changed in the last several decades. At a time when we are focused on threats from al-Qaida to ISIL, a nation that meets our conditions and renounces the use of terrorism should not face this sanction."
Marxist terrorist groups haven't disappeared and some of them interact with Islamic terrorist groups.
Step three involves bailing out the collapsing Castro regime by sending lots and lots of money to Cuba.
No, really. Here's Obama.
Third, we are taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information to and from Cuba... it will be easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, and Americans will be able to use American credit and debit cards on the island... we’re significantly increasing the amount of money that can be sent to Cuba... we will facilitate authorized transactions between the United States and Cuba. U.S. financial institutions will be allowed to open accounts at Cuban financial institutions... it will be easier for U.S. exporters to sell goods in Cuba...
But Obama respects the embargo. No really.
As these changes unfold, I look forward to engaging Congress in an honest and serious debate about lifting the embargo.
Unilateral dictatorship is not an honest and serious debate.