For more than 50 years, every president since John Kennedy has maintained the “freeze-out” with Cuba over their continual human rights violations and the policies of the despotic Communist regime that keeps a stranglehold on the freedom of citizens trapped on the island.
However, President Obama has thawed these relations with the murderous regime and has extended a friendly hand to the Castro brothers who have maimed, tortured and killed in furtherance of their Communist ideals.
To help “sell” this betrayal to the American people, Obama’s State Department overruled the position of policy experts when they removed Cuba from the list of countries that support human trafficking in the 2015 human trafficking report.
Further, not only were Cuba and Malaysia removed from the report over the objections of independent human trafficking experts, but Obama’s State Department also elevated the position of 14 other strategically-important countries in the report.
It seems that the Obama Administration is not only okay with cozying-up to a soon-to-be nuclear Iran who has sworn to annihilate Israel, but they’re seemingly okay with whitewashing the deeds of countries who engage in copious human trafficking.
In an in-depth report from Reuters, sources detail how the Obama Administration not only overruled experts, but did so 17 times in creating their sham of a report.
In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.
The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed.
A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.
In all, analysts in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons – or J/TIP, as it’s known within the U.S. government — disagreed with U.S. diplomatic bureaus on ratings for 17 countries, the sources said.
The analysts, who are specialists in assessing efforts to combat modern slavery – such as the illegal trade in humans for forced labor or prostitution – won only three of those disputes, the worst ratio in the 15-year history of the unit, according to the sources.
As a result, not only Malaysia, Cuba and China, but countries such as India, Uzbekistan and Mexico, wound up with better grades than the State Department’s human-rights experts wanted to give them, the sources said. (Graphic looking at some of the key decisions here: reut.rs/1gF2Wz5)
Reuters further reports that experts concluded that none of the three “tier 3” countries- Cuba, China and Malaysia- had demonstrated any level of improvement in the area of human trafficking. Still, they were bumped from the list in a move that reeks of politics.
The move is likely due to the desperate need of Obama to generate a legacy for himself before he leaves office. Laughably, the 44th president has focused on foreign policy- arguably, his worst area of performance- as the keystone of his legacy and has made the rounds to despotic regimes like Cuba, Iran and China in order to secure agreements at the cost of America’s safety and America’s economic future.