The world is a place of grey areas. Seldom is an issue purely black and white. Such issues of absolute moral clarity, however, do exist and nowhere is this juxtaposition of right and wrong more clear than in the difference seen between neighboring countries Cuba and the United States of America.
The United States is an imperfect country with a perfect goal; it is a nation built-upon enlightenment principles, that freedom exists as a human right and it is the responsibility of the government to protect that right for all citizens.
Cuba is governed by an inverse premise; the government is the grantor of rights and freedoms and there are damn few of those on the imprisoned island.
That is why it is reprehensible that Obama has invited communist dictator Raul Castro to offer his criticism of American culture.
Though we as a nation should be open to criticism, we should not and cannot accept criticism from immoral, murderous, tyrannical thugs.
But then again, given his past and present associations, such thugs seem to be the very people Obama admires most.
Discussing his meeting with Castro on Monday, Obama noted that he welcomes criticism of the U.S. from the despotic ruler.
“President Castro has also addressed what he views as shortcomings in the United States around basic needs for people in poverty and inequality and race relations and we welcome that constructive dialogue as well,” Obama says. “Because we believe that when we share our deepest beliefs and ideas with an attitude of mutual respect that we can both learn and make the lives of our people better.”
“Mutual respect?” No leader of a free nation should show respect for the half-century of murder and political suppression that has been inflicted upon Cuba!
“I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels we’re falling short because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well,” Obama continued.
Castro blasted the U.S. for their continuation of the embargo that has hindered the spread of communism for over a half-century and demanded a return of Guantanamo Bay, a naval base held by the U.S. since the Spanish-American War.
“The blockade stands as the most important obstacle. That’s why its removal will be of the essence to normalize bilateral relations,” Castro said. “In order to move forward towards normalization, it will also be necessary to return the territory illegally occupied by the naval base.”
Obama has been aching to close Guantanamo Bay’s prisoner facility and many speculate that he intends to return the longstanding American territory to the Castro regime.
He has also called for an end to the embargo, but has thus far been thwarted by Congress in his attempt to shamelessly grovel to the tyrannical Cuban government. Joining Castro in criticizing America and her democratic institutions, Obama took his own digs at Congress, saying,
“Frankly, Congress is not as productive as I would like during presidential election years.”
Americans have still largely not forgiven Jane “Hanoi Jane” Fonda for her willingness to cozy to America’s enemy during the Vietnam War.
How is President Obama’s cozying to Castro really any different? A sitting president has visited the communist regime, welcomed criticism from this despotic ruler and, in front of reporters, openly broken-ranks and bagged-on America’s legislative institution.
Such remarks are not merely insensitive; they are treasonous.
As President Obama yucks it up with communist dictator Raul Castro, political prisoners languish in filthy cells, nursing their wounds received as a result of torture.
As President Obama toasts to a friendship with Cuba, countless Cubans lie in the ground, murdered by the Castro regime. Some are known, many are unknown and lost to history.
That appears to matter little to the despot who leads America and remains resentful of the democratic failsafes that have kept his power somewhat bridled.