The Right Side

Notes from a conservative student.

Obama, the best friend of tyranny

Posted by Cullin on April 13, 2009

Well, we knew that the CBC’s trip to Cuba was going to be the pilot fish for some larger change from the Whitehouse. I figured that he was planning on surrendering the US to the control of the Castro Bros, but apparently that isn’t until next week.

What is doing, however, is helping to subsidize torture, dictatorship, and oppression in the communist country.

President Obama directed his administration Monday to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba, a decision that drew quick criticism from two Cuban-American congressmen.  
Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs and presidential aide Dan Restrepo made the announcement during his daily briefing with reporters, ahead of the president’s attendance this weekend at a Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The president is taking some concrete steps today to bring about some much needed change that will benefit the people of Cuba, that will increase the freedom they have and more importantly to allow Cuban Americans to see their families and send them money,” Gibbs said.
“We want to increase the flow among Cubans and between Cubans and the outside world,” Restrepo, a special assistant to the president for western hemisphere affairs, said.

As pointed out by Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida and Mario Diaz-Balart, all this is going to do is inject more money into the centralized economy of Cuba, and much like the Soviets were doing, help the government subjugate the people.

“President Obama has committed a serious mistake by unilaterally increasing Cuban-American travel and remittance dollars for the Cuban dictatorship,” they said in a joint statement.  
“This dictatorship is one of the most brutal in the world,” added Florida GOP Rep. Connie Mack. “The U.S. economic embargo must remain in place until tyranny gives way to freedom and democracy. At the same time, we should find ways to strengthen the bonds of families torn apart by the Castro regime simply because of family members who yearn for freedom.”

Restrepo also states in the article that we should get out of the business of trying to influence the government of Cube, but I’m almost certain that if he asked any of the political prisoners of Castro, that they would have a quite different view of what the US government’s involvement in the matter should be.

I’m not opposed to communication to and from the country, and I’m not opposed to building family ties between those who are stuck under the regime of Castro and those lucky enough to get out. However, I am vehemently against helping the Cuban government terrorize its people.

Full story here.

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