Senator Ted Cruz reminds us of what the people who are actually affected by American foreign policy in Cuba want.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 18, 2014
In July 2013, I interviewed prominent Cuban dissidents Elizardo Sanchez and Guillermo Farinas.
They warned America not to fall for any offer of rapprochement from the Castro brothers.
They said that since 1959, Cuba has been a big jail.
They said that the Castro regime hates America and wants to harm us.
They said that the Castro regime rules by economic control, political repression and propaganda that touch the lives of every Cuban.
They said that Raul and Fidel Castro will try to trick the United States into finance their “Putinist” project—to give the illusion of change when there is no real change.
This week, the Obama administration fell for the Castros’ trick. They agreed to provide economic relief to the Castros, not liberty to the Cuban people.
Senator Cruz sees a disturbing pattern in the deals being made by President Obama.
We rejoice that Alan Gross’ wrongful imprisonment by the brutal Castro regime has finally come to an end, and that he will be able to spend the holidays with his loved ones. But make no mistake, although we are glad Alan is now free, the agreement the Obama Administration has entered into with the Castro regime has done nothing to resolve the underlying problem. Indeed, it has made it worse.
Fidel and Raul Castro have just received both international legitimacy and a badly-needed economic lifeline from President Obama. But they remain in control of a totalitarian police state modeled on their old state sponsor, the Soviet Union. Their government can continue to detain individuals like Alan Gross indefinitely without process—as the many political prisoners still languishing in the Castros’ prisons can attest. They retain their close, long-standing ties with hostile nations, notably Russia, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. They will continue their support for terrorist organizations from FARC to Hezbollah and Hamas.
The President spoke today about a new era for relations between American and the Cuban people, but these circumstances do not bode well for either. We have seen how previous Obama administration attempts at rapprochement with rogue regimes like Russia and Iran have worked out, with our influence diminished and our enemies emboldened. Now they are revisiting this same disastrous policy with the Castros, blind to the fact that they are being played by brutal dictators whose only goal is maintaining power. And if history be our guide, the Castros will exploit that power to undermine America and oppress the Cuban people. First Russia, then Iran, now Cuba – this is one more very, very bad deal brokered by the Obama Administration.
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