It’s all about appearances. Following the demise of oppressive, murderous Cuban strongman Fidel Castro at age 90, Obama decided to send official representatives from America that are “not a presidential delegation” to mourn the end of the Western Hemisphere’s strongest Communist presence for over 50 years.
Obama’s hapless press secretary gave the following dodge earlier this week:
“I can tell you that the president has decided not to send a presidential delegation to attend the [Castro] memorial service today. I can tell you, however, that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will attend the service, as will the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jeff DeLaurentis.”
–Obama bagman Josh Earnest
Ben Rhodes (below)is the 39-year-old elitist piece of shit who elbowed his way to the top of the Obama White Hose by writing speeches, or something. He bragged earlier this year that he and a few select brilliant “advisors” had created an “echo chamber” in the media to shape Obama’s narrative like the Silly Putty that Cubans eat because under Communism, food is hard to come by.
Official title, per Wikipedia: Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting [sic]
Rhodes’ exact quote, which did not disturb the liberals because their guy was in charge at the time:
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus. Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience comes from being around political campaigns. They literally know nothing.”
(Ironically?), Rhodes was referring to his brilliant manipulation of the media into repeating Obama’s “good deal” hogwash to explain another piece of “smartest president ever” diplomacy with a separate totalitarian killer regime in the controversial Iran Deal. The agreement with Iran that in 10 years they can have nuclear weapons has been riddled with controversy since its inception, when Republicans took it up the ass from Obama and allowed him to pass a
treaty international arms agreement with support of just 41% of the Senate.
Under Obama, America does not negotiate with terrorists; we simply negotiate with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism!
Obama has also made a point of releasing terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the waning days of his administration. Secretary of State John Kerry commented earlier this year on a Gitmo-sprung terrorist Ibrahim al Qosi immediately returning to Iran-associated terrorist activities: “He’s not supposed to be doing that.”
We tried, right?
Earnest, according to Olivier Knox at Yahoo! News, continued self-immolation of the greatest country in the world so we don’t hurt the feelings of the Cuban government:
“There are many aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship that were characterized by a lot of conflict and turmoil, not just during the Castro regime, but we continue to have some significant concerns about the way the Cuban government currently operates, particularly with regard to protecting the basic human rights of the Cuban people.
“This is an appropriate way to show respect, to participate in the events that are planned for this evening, while also acknowledging some of the differences that remain between our two countries.”
Obama “normalized” diplomatic relations with Cuba earlier this year, and became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928. While public opinion largely favored re-establishing trade and travel between the two countries, many Americans were outraged. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), who are Cuban-American, were particularly incensed at Obama’s star-studded “thawing” of the long-standing embargo.
According to Wikipedia:
A survey conducted by Pew Research Center in January 2016 found that 63% of Americans approved of Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, while 28% disapproved. The study found that Democrats (74%) and Independents (67%) were more likely to support the re-established relations; 40% of Republicans approved. The study also found that 66% of Americans supported ending the trade embargo against Cuba, while 28% disapproved. Support for both the re-establishment of relations and the lifting of the trade embargo was seen broadly amongst all racial and ethnic groups (62% of whites, 64% of blacks, and 65% of Hispanics) and amongst all age-brackets, however younger Americans were more likely to support it than older Americans. Americans who were college or university graduates (77%) overwhelmingly supported the restoration of relations, while people with only some college education (59%) or only high school education (53%) were less likely to support it. Despite broad support for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the end of the trade embargo, only 32% of Americans surveyed believed that Cuba would become “more democratic” over the next several years, with 60% believing the situation in Cuba will remain the same.
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