Obama Fumbles Again on Cuba and North Korea

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

With the New Year approaching, I was hoping that we might be able to forget about the steady stream of lies, gaffes and ineptitudes by President Barack Obama that demonstrate his inability to lead the country. But Mr. Obama insists on reminding us that he is unfit for the high office of President of the United States.

You will be given a chance to voice your displeasure with Mr. Obama beginning the first full week in January.

Out of the blue and without consultation with the Congress or the public, Mr. Obama announced a resumption of diplomatic relations with the communist government of Cuba – still led by the brutal and despotic Castro brothers. In doing so, Mr. Obama demonstrated that even when pursuing an appropriate policy he gets it wrong at every turn.

According to Mr. Obama the diplomatic and economic isolation of the Castro regime “did not work.” Of course it worked. Cuba is stalled in time. There has been neither economic nor industrial development for fifty years. True to the communist dream everybody is the same – poor, destitute and deprived of opportunity. However, it did not bring about policy changes in Cuba because the Castros were propped up first by the Soviet Union and then Venezuela and Iran. The Castro hierarchy lived bountiful lives (some pigs are more equal than other pigs) and saw little need for change so long as they dominated their population through fear and military might. But with those three oppressive oil exporting countries reeling from the dramatic drop in crude oil prices, financial support to Cuba has been reduced to the point where the abundant lives of the elites cannot be sustained and payments to army and secret police for protection will dissipate.

So what did Mr. Obama do? Threw in the towel.

So what did Mr. Obama get in return for this unprecedented move? That’s right – nothing. In fact, less than nothing because Raul Castro almost immediately stated that nothing was going to change in Cuba and that he would continue to imprison, torture and execute any who disagreed with the communist government. Mr. Obama had neither a goal nor a plan as to how to achieve the goal. This was a spur of the moment decision and it looked like it. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) noted that Mr. Obama was the worst negotiator he has ever seen in public life – and he was being kind.

For a man so adverse to military conflict, you would think that Mr. Obama would recognize and seize upon one of the country’s greatest and least lethal weapons – economic might. But I am convinced that Mr. Obama is not so much opposed to military victory as he is to American victory. I don’t mean he wants to see America lose; he is just not invested in seeing it win. Why, just when economic sanctions are beginning to work would Mr. Obama ease those economic sanctions – first in Iran and now in Cuba? Mr. Obama has long believed that America plays too large of a role in international affairs and any form of victory would be contrary to his vision of a diminished United States as just “one amongst many.”

And apparently once is not enough. Mr. Obama announced that he may re-establish diplomatic recognition of the Islamic terrorist state – Iran.

In lieu of his “middle of the night” announcement, Mr. Obama should have first consulted with Congress and then publicly announced that it was time for another try at détente with Cuba. He should have offered restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba coupled with a series of concessions from Cuba surrounding economic relations – recognition of private investment, easing of import/export sanctions, freedom of travel to and from Cuba, and lifting of censorship on the internet. The concessions need not directly address human rights of Cubans, or democratic political reforms because the presence of greater economic freedom would – as it has in China – bring with it greater freedom and opportunity for the Cuban people. But Mr. Obama continues to show a reluctance to negotiate with Congress and an ignorance of economic reality that makes it nearly impossible for him to envision such opportunities or to achieve them even if someone else points them out.

And while Mr. Obama was ruminating about how to give the Castro brothers an early Christmas gift, the North Koreans (according to the FBI) were busy hacking Sony and threatening to recreate the horrors of September 11, 2001 in theatres across the country that dared to show The Interview – an “alleged comedy” about assassinating the “Dear Leader” of North Korea, Kim Un. (I say “alleged comedy” because I have seen three of Seth Rogen’s films and walked out on two of them. If you are a twelve-year old boy who still giggles when the science teacher mentions Uranus you might find some humor but otherwise, not so much.) Sony initially pulled the film after several theatre chains declined to run it. And the leader of the free world declared that he would respond “proportionally.”

The response was to disrupt the tiny internet service available in North Korea for a couple of hours. That is the moral equivalent of TP-ing someone’s house in response to them torching your car. That’s what substitutes for “leadership” under Mr. Obama.

A more appropriate response would have been to reinstate the “terrorist state” designation for North Korea, re-impose and tighten the economic sanctions and blow up their next missile test on the launch pad – yes, we have the capability to do that. And then Mr. Obama you should have called your Hollywood phonies at Sony and told them to grow a pair – North Korea’s threats were as empty as your promises.

Proof yet again that Mr. Obama lacks the essentials necessary to lead the people of the United States.

Please, Mr. Obama, leave – and take Joe with you.

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  • Jack Lord God

    Obama saying “it didn’t work” is his standard template for any policy he doesn’t like. He knows better than everyone else about everything. It’s standard left wing hubris really. If he makes an obvious screw up then he didn’t know anything about it and it wasn’t his fault. Nothing new there.

    What I love about our shift in Cuba policy is the absolutely delicious irony of it all. Frankly I wonder if some part of it wasn’t about how ludicrously Obama could work progressive marionettes and still have them dance when he pulled the strings.

    One week prior, we had DiFi yammering on with here bi annual outrage that we waterboarded people. She released the report after months of sitting on it in order to drown out Jonathan Grubers testimony that same day. Obamacare architect Gruber had essentially confirmed that O Care relied on the stupidity of the left for its support. Thus the DiFi release in order to get progressive marionettes to dance to that tune rather than have Gruber dominate the news cycle.

    A week or so later, apparently torture isn’t such a bad thing – we recognize the preeminent country of torture in the western hemisphere.

    Wow – so if torture hurts your standing in the world, that sure didn’t seem the case with Cuba did it? I guess torture is OK provided you do it long enough and it’s simply state policy.

    Did progressive boobs reflect on this at all? Nope, it didn’t even occur to them. Not even when an American political prisoner was released hours after the announcement with his front teeth knocked out. I guess when the vaunted Cuban health care system doesn’t work, a hammer and a pair of pliers will.

    The mindlessness of those who cheer on literally anything Obama does is hilarious. So what’s next? North Korea? I mean we haven’t recognized them for longer than Cuba and they managed nuclear weapons. Is that not working? What about Iran? Had sanctions there a real long time. Like NK, they will soon be nuclear armed. When that happens will the left say “wow, Obama’s sanctions sure didn’t work there, he really was wrong on that one” Not on your life.

    So north Korea developed nuclear weapons despite sanctions, Iran will soon develop them despite sanctions, Cuba never did and those are the sanctions that aren’t working?

    The moral here is the intellectual bankruptcy of the left is absolutely astonishing. No matter what Obama does, it is always right. They are Orwells Napoleon in Animal Farm. Mindless and chanting “Obama is always right” unless it goes against the liberal orthodoxy. The whole Cuba fiasco has been a delicious pass the popcorn moment to giggle at progressives. For me, it ended the year right. Love it!

  • Bob Clark

    Talking of presidential matters:

    I kind of like Senator Marco Rubio as a speaker. Many of his speeches are supported by detail, data and delivered with passion and honesty. I should think he would be a good presidential candidate even as soon as 2016.

  • Ron Swaren

    I know there lot of consequential issues that conservatives are upset about. But the immigration issue—i.e. total lapse of enforcement—is one that is barreling down like a runaway locomotive on us. Now, I’ve lived long enough to know that nearly everyone is hungry for more money, and that economic statistics—not actual quality of life—-are the Holy Grail of politics. So I know there are many business interests that actually like our wide open immigration policy.

    But if you are really concerned that this is rapidly dissolving our national sovereignty and moving us much closer to a permanent welfare state, it seems like reigning in Obama’s entire policies—far beyond just the executive orders–should be a first priority with the new Congress. I sure would, knowing this can never be changed if it goes on too long. Other issues have hopes of being reversed.

    What are going to set as priorities? Situations that re dire and out of control—or things that are much slower in developing and can be changed?

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