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May 23, 2009
Welcoming the Castros
The dictator tag team brothers Raul and Fidel Castro are about to get a gift from the Obama administration that will elevate their credibility in the world while opening up the probability of filling their coffers with desperately needed dollars so that they can perpetrate their thuggish regime.
Ginger Thompson of the New York Times has the story:
The Obama administration signaled Friday a willingness to reopen a channel with Cuba that was closed under President George W. Bush by proposing high-level meetings on migration between the countries. The gesture comes as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to fend off pressure from her Latin American counterparts to make an even bolder break from past policies by endorsing a proposal that would reintegrate Cuba into the Organization of American States.
A State Department spokesman, Ian C. Kelly, said, "We intend to use the renewal of talks to reaffirm both sides' commitment to safe, legal and orderly migration; to review recent trends in illegal Cuban migration to the United States; and to improve operational relations with Cuba on migration issues."
The high-level meetings became a biannual fixture in the mid-1990s after Cuba and the United States signed accords aimed at stemming massive waves of Cubans who were abandoning the island by boat. But President George W. Bush ended the meetings in 2004 - and effectively shut down most avenues of regular communication with Havana - after accusing Cuba of ignoring a variety of delicate issues, including exit visas, the treatment of Cubans repatriated to the island and the surveillance of dissidents.
Why does this administration continue to confer benefits on our enemies without asking for anything in return? This is the guy who railed against Bush's stupidity during the campaign and now, with Iran, Syria, North Korea, and now Cuba, he offers goodies without any reciprocity whatsoever.
How "smart" is that?