June 8, 2015
Pollyannaish Obama Visionless to Cuban Stranglehold on People
At an absolute minimum, it is inarguably peculiar as to why U.S. favor is granted to a rogue Cuban
regime that has never been elected. It is also accurate to attribute the decades of poverty and misery to the legendary economic
mismanagement of the island nation by the Castro brothers.
Cuba’s exhausting socialist experiment has consistently failed miserably under the leadership of Fidel and Raul
Castro. Interesting as well, Cuba’s decades of annual Soviet subsidies of billions of dollars, and open trade with many
nations, failed the nation's 10 million plus citizens.
Venezuela, in correlation, during the 14 year rule of the late Hugo Chavez and now under his protégé President
Nicolas Maduro, has had more lasting structural damage inflicted on its government and political institutions, economy and
people than by any other president in the country's history.
Hugo Chavez's devotion to his mentor, Fidel Castro, ushered in Bolivarianism as a similar version of the Cuban system – forcing socialist perspectives on the people of Venezuelan that resulted
in (continuing) horrific sacrifices.
the implications of simply mismanaging and squandering astronomical amounts of Venezuela’s oil wealth, both the Cuba
and Venezuela leftist rogue regimes have been routinely linked to terrorism and drug trafficking.
Moreover, Hugo Chavez is said to have acquired a massive personal fortune while in office.
Assuredly, the most significant
issues that should have been carefully examined and competently investigated, before seeking rapprochement with the Cuban
regime, were the decades old to current abuses of the human and civil rights of the people of Cuba.
Why are the plights of Cuban citizens consistently ignored, when voluminous international
communications via social media and some worldwide news entities regularly run a barrage of factual reports via public access
This, as well, while ignoring more
than 50 years of U.S. policy against a staunch Castro Cuban Communist regime, that has decades of blood on its hands and that
was reported early into Fidel Castro’s iron-fisted rule to be a travesty against Cuba’s people. Plus there were
those who have been routinely executed during the Castro’s tenure.
Moreover, current head of state Raul Castro has steadfastly stated that Cuba’s Communist ideology
And lest we not forget that the
Castro brothers have never disguised their venomous hatred of the U.S. Fidel Castro, while president, stated, “Together we can bring America to its knees. The U.S. regime is very weak, and we are witnessing this weakness close up.”
President Barack Obama chose to make the decision with little explanation or acknowledgement
of the true suffering of the Cuban people, suffering due to the rueful policies and acts of the oppressive Castro brother’s
unwavering allegiance to their ongoing Communist doctrine.
Although no relevant concessions were made by the Cuban dictatorial regime for President Obama’s personal generosity,
the Obama administration was quick to pronounce the actions as something that “would help human rights almost automatically.”
Empty rhetoric from the administration continues to litter
the disclaimer for such action. “A critical focus of these actions will include continued strong support for improved
human rights conditions and democratic reforms in Cuba. The promotion of democracy supports universal human rights by empowering
civil society and a person’s right to speak freely, peacefully assemble and associate, and by supporting the ability
of people to freely determine their future. The U.S. efforts are aimed at promoting the independence of the Cuban people so
they do not need to rely on the Cuban state.”
Once again, arrests and beatings appear to be increasing significantly against those attempting to speak freely, peacefully
assemble and associate, and even remotely “determine their future.” And hundreds of Cuban dissidents have been
arrested anew throughout the island nation.
Four dozen members of the frequently targeted Ladies in White were arrested as they attended Sunday Mass recently in Havana. In Santiago over 80 activists of the Cuban Patriotic Union
(UNPACU) were beaten and arrested, some of which had been previously released under the Castro-Obama agreement.
It appears that the Obama administration is continuing to ignore Cuban democracy leaders, as dissidents from Cuba’s Anti-Totalitarian Front were arrested on May 27 as they distributed images of political
prisoners being held in Castro’s prisons.
"terrorist state" label against the Cuban regime that previous U.S. administrations and allies carefully attributed to the Castro brothers
for their support for Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, and Syria's assault and murder of protesters, demonstrates a critical
error in judgment or complete lack of facts and intelligence review.
Is it true, as many claim, that the conflict with Cuba is merely a U.S. arrogance against the Cuban
government and the Castro regime in particular?
As far back
as 2003, the European Union accused the Cuban government of “continuing flagrant violations of human rights and fundamental
freedoms.” In 2008, Cuba had the second highest number of imprisoned journalists of any nation in the world.
Cuba extend true freedom and genuine rights for the people before a world audience and capitalism find their way into Cuba?
I wouldn’t take that bet.
Jerry Brewer is C.E.O. of Criminal Justice International Associates, a global threat mitigation firm headquartered in northern
Virginia. His website is located at www.cjiausa.org.