Will Obama roll out the White House red carpet for Raul Castro?

One of the consequences of Obama's opening to Cuba is the obligatory visit by the head of state of each country to each other's capital.  That means that Raul Castro – Fidel's brother and longtime chief enforcer of terror in Cuba – will have the opportunity to stand in the same place that Churchill, de Gaulle, and other world-historical figures have stood over the years.

It's a safe bet to say that there will never have been such a cold-blooded killer as Raul Castro visiting the White House.  The government crackdowns on dissent, on religious freedom, and fon ree speech over the years have all been organized and coordinated by Raul Castro.  His imprint is directly on the oppression suffered by the Cuban people.

And we're going to roll out the red carpet for this guy?

NPR:

The White House today said it "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Raul Castro" to Washington, a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

"The president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States," White House spokesman John Earnest said, adding by meeting such leaders the U.S. can have more influence on issues such as human rights.

Separately, Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said relations with Cuba weren't directly related to the Communist Party-run country's human rights record, though human rights remain part of the agenda.

"I do not necessarily think that we're talking about direct human rights conditionality in the restoration of diplomatic relations part," she said. "That is a legal process, if you will, or a diplomatic process that will be fairly mechanical."

Even if relations are normalized, the longstanding U.S. embargo on Cuba can only be removed by congressional approval, something that is unlikely to happen at the present time given the vocal opposition to Obama's announcement on Wednesday.

The Castro brothers run Cuba like an organized crime syndicate.  They extort money from the population and spread it around to Communist party apparatchiks to ensure their loyalty.  For the majority of people – grinding poverty and currency that buys barely enough to keep a body together.

Might as well invite La Cosa Nostra bosses for a White House dinner if you're going to invite Raul Castro.

One of the consequences of Obama's opening to Cuba is the obligatory visit by the head of state of each country to each other's capital.  That means that Raul Castro – Fidel's brother and longtime chief enforcer of terror in Cuba – will have the opportunity to stand in the same place that Churchill, de Gaulle, and other world-historical figures have stood over the years.

It's a safe bet to say that there will never have been such a cold-blooded killer as Raul Castro visiting the White House.  The government crackdowns on dissent, on religious freedom, and fon ree speech over the years have all been organized and coordinated by Raul Castro.  His imprint is directly on the oppression suffered by the Cuban people.

And we're going to roll out the red carpet for this guy?

NPR:

The White House today said it "wouldn't rule out a visit from President Raul Castro" to Washington, a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

"The president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States," White House spokesman John Earnest said, adding by meeting such leaders the U.S. can have more influence on issues such as human rights.

Separately, Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said relations with Cuba weren't directly related to the Communist Party-run country's human rights record, though human rights remain part of the agenda.

"I do not necessarily think that we're talking about direct human rights conditionality in the restoration of diplomatic relations part," she said. "That is a legal process, if you will, or a diplomatic process that will be fairly mechanical."

Even if relations are normalized, the longstanding U.S. embargo on Cuba can only be removed by congressional approval, something that is unlikely to happen at the present time given the vocal opposition to Obama's announcement on Wednesday.

The Castro brothers run Cuba like an organized crime syndicate.  They extort money from the population and spread it around to Communist party apparatchiks to ensure their loyalty.  For the majority of people – grinding poverty and currency that buys barely enough to keep a body together.

Might as well invite La Cosa Nostra bosses for a White House dinner if you're going to invite Raul Castro.