Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the United States are working toward full diplomatic relations but ‘if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.
There is no question that President Obama reflexively supports, or at the least does not in any meaningful way oppose, Communists, Islamists and other deadly enemies of liberty and the United States. Understanding that, his willingness to give Cuba whatever it wants, including taxpayer dollars, is clear. However, is he also intending to use his supposed “smart diplomacy” breakthrough with Cuba as a stealthy means to close Gitmo?
But the White House has said withdrawal from the 45-square-mile U.S. Navy base behind a Cuban minefield in southeast Cuba is not part of the bargain.
The Obama administration says removing barriers to U.S. travel, remittances and exports to Cuba is a tactical change that supports the United States’ unaltered goal of reforming Cuba’s single-party political system and centrally planned economy.
Cuba has said it welcomes the measures but has no intention of changing its system. Without establishing specific conditions, Castro’s government has increasingly linked the negotiations with the U.S. to a set of longstanding demands that include an end to U.S. support for Cuban dissidents and Cuba’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
On Wednesday, Castro emphasized an even broader list of Cuban demands, saying that while diplomatic ties may be re-established, normal relations with the U.S. depend on a series of concessions that appear highly unlikely in the near future.
‘The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalizing bilateral relations, but this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don’t give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo naval base,’ Castro said.
I know just what is going to happen. The Obamites have long engaged in this tactic in domestic issues. The EPA, which often does this, will encourage an environmentalist group to sue the EPA, and will then enter into an agreement, claiming the lawsuit forced the EPA to do what it secretly wanted to do all along. In such cases, the EPA works with the environmental group from the beginning, and ends up handing over enormous amounts of taxpayer cash to the environmentalists the EPA encouraged to sue. I suspect they’ve also done this in foreign policy.
Probably, Secretary of State Kerry actually approached the Castros and suggested the abandonment of our policies toward Cuba. Almost certainly, he also suggested that the Castros demand the return of Guantanamo Bay, or at the very least, made it clear that he would not oppose—except weakly and for domestic consumption—their demand.
We are now in the weak, pro-forma denial phase. Soon, we’ll see formal measures taken—under the radar—to give Gitmo back to Cuba, and when that is done, how can we keep anyone there? Why, Gitmo will have to be closed!
What better way to do a constitutional end run around a Congress that has refused to allow Mr. Obama to transfer some of the worst killers on the planet to the continental US? Mr. Obama will simply announce that the Congress forced him to release all of those Islamist murderers because it wouldn’t allow him to incarcerate them in America.
Abandon American soil to a brutal, totalitarian communist dictatorship in exchange for nothing? Piece of cake. Give billions to that same dictatorship in exchange for nothing? Absolutely. It’s the Obama way.
Make note of this article. It will take less than two years.