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by Capt. Joseph R. John (Ret.), ©2015, Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress

Raul Castro is the younger brother of Fidel Castro, who ousted Fulgencio Batista as leader of Cuba in 1959 in a communist revolution. The Cuban regime has jailed thousands of political prisoners and allows no freedom of speech or assembly.

(Jan. 21, 2015) — During Obama’s run for the Presidency in 2007, we alerted our supporters that there were photos of Che Guevara plastered on the walls of Obama’s campaign headquarters in Texas.  Che was the hard-core Communist revolutionary who was killed while trying to export Communism to Bolivia; he was being lionized by Castro and by supporters of Obama’s presidential campaign.  While Castro’s Cuba is on the ropes economically, Obama is coming to the rescue of such a dangerous and oppressive Communist regime by recognizing it, lifting economic sanctions, supporting tourism, and allowing free trade, without insisting on concessions.

The New Black Panther Party has been receiving instruction in terrorist tactics and bomb-making in Castro’s Cuba for the past six years, and Obama’s new travel policy will enhance that terrorist training.

All terrorist training for the New Black Panther Party must cease prior to recognition.  American Black Revolutionaries, who have assassinated US Police Officers over the years, then fled to Cuba, have been given a safe haven by Castro (their return should be demanded prior to recognition).  There are 100,000 political prisoners in Cuban prisons and labor camps, and Obama should demand that Castro allow fundamental human and religious freedoms for political prisoners (they should be freed prior to recognition).  The financial support generated by the new tourist trade will permit Castro to export Communism and weapons to communist revolutionaries throughout South America; there should be restrictions imposed on the export of Communism throughout South America prior to recognition.  A US Embassy in Cuba should not be funded by Congress until the above-listed concessions are imposed and actually put in place in Cuba.

Up until Obama was elected, Castro’s weak economy restricted him from aggressively exporting Marxist–Leninist Communism for 53 years (yet he still had some successes in Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Guatemala).  Preventing the export of Communism throughout the Western Hemisphere was the very reason why, for 53 years, 12 Democratic and Republican US Presidents, from President Dwight Eisenhower to President George W. Bush, isolated Cuba, and why sanctions worked to a great degree during that time (the below-referenced article further explains those facts).  With the full knowledge that Castro murdered up to 17,000 free Cubans, Obama is coming to his aid by pledging to lift all economic sanctions and establish diplomatic relations at the precise moment when Venezuela’s economic miseries have required it to cut off its huge billion-dollar subsidies to Cuba, and at the same time Russia’s economic weakness has cut off financial support to Cuba.  Nothing has changed in Cuba’s oppressive Communist regime in 53 years, but “What a coincidence” that Obama is coming to Castro’s financial aid now.

Obama’s radical Islamic foreign policies have destabilized the Middle East, and his failure to properly engage ISIL while it is killing thousands of Assyrian Christians contributed in large measure to turning the Middle East into the most violent area of the world.  Now Obama’s Marxist foreign policy aimed at South America will further destabilize another part of the world, the western hemisphere.  No other US President in 53 years has supported such an inept and dangerous foreign policy which will undermine the national security interest of the United States and create a dangerous environment for its citizens.  The Congress should use the power of the purse to prevent the construction of an embassy in Cuba, oppose the lifting of economic sanctions against Castro’s oppressive Communist government, and restrict trade with Cuba.

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt              USN(Ret)

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

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  1. With absolutely NO disrespect intended … a whole bunch of “woulda, shoulds, coulda” ain’t gonna change nothing. The only thing (read “ONLY”) Congress is going to do is increase their own pay and perks while the rest of America be damned.