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Senators Cruz and Menendez on Obama’s Cuba Mistake

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) continued to bang the drum of failure for President Obama’s recent decision to open relations with Cuba. The two Cuban-American Senators (along with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida) have been denouncing the President’s actions whenever and wherever possible. The nation needs to understand just how angry the Cuban-American population is with the actions just undertaken by President Obama.



Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX): This is another manifestation of the failures of the Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign policy. For six years we’ve followed the pattern of alienating and abandoning our friends and allies and at the same time coddling up to and appeasing those who are enemies to the country and it’s a consistent pattern. First it was Russia, then it was Iran and now it’s Cuba. This announcement today will be remembered as a tragic mistake. Cuba was struggling, it was gasping for air , it has been relying on Venezuela with oil prices cratering, Venezuela is hurting economically and just like the admin did with Iran, right when the administration was feeling maximum pain it throws them an economic lifeline and continues the brutal repression in a dictatorship of the Castro brothers…

Neil Cavuto: There are folks who see both sides and say ‘what has 60 years of this wrought?’

Senator Ted Cruz: …Cuba is an ally of North Korea, it is an ally of Iran, it is an ally of Venezuela – it is a vowed enemy of this country. It was striking, the president’s remarks. He talked about the Bay of Pigs Invasion, but somehow completely omitted the Cuban Missile crisis, somehow completely omitted an incredible threat to US national security with nuclear weapons that were almost 90 miles off our shore. It was sad to see both the president and John Kerry essentially blame America first. Blame America for the relation between the United States and Cuba. Look, the Castros are the ones who have decided to brutal, repressive dictators. We should not be taking blame for the fact that we responded to their active acts of war and hostility. They are a leading state sponsor of terrorism and just like President Obama did with Russia, just like President Obama did with Iran, he does not understand the difference between our friends and our enemies.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was no gentler in his condemnation of President Obama and the administration’s decision to open relations with Cuba.

Senator Bob Menendez: It is a fallacy to believe that Cuba will reform because an American President opens his hands and the Castro brothers will suddenly unclench their fists. The majority of democratic and human rights activists on the island, many which I have met with that have come to America, have been very explicit that they want the United States to open to Cuba only when there is a reciprocated and calibrated approach. Meaning that the Castro brothers would have to accede to changes in order for there to be a change in our policy.

From my perspective the Unites States has just thrown Cuba’s regime an economic lifeline….

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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