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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Obama in Cuba: Will He Apologize Once Again?

As I write, President Obama's plane is about to touch down in Cuba. He is scheduled to give a speech to the Cuban people during his visit that will touch on the historical relationship between our two nations.

I am not hoping that this opening to Cuba will, result in more human rights for the Cuban people. Correction: I hope but I don't expect. Nor do I expect that our opening will result in extradition of American criminals like cop-killer Assata Shakur  back to the US. Obama's history indicates that Cuba will reap all sorts of benefits while its people and our country will reap none. Correction: There are US business leaders on board Obama's plane. No doubt they will reap benefits importing Cuban rum and cigars.

I would bet that Obama in his speech will apologize for the embargo and the last several decades of our relationship. He will no doubt express regret for the Bay of Pigs invasion. He will no doubt express regret for our government's support for the previous dictator, Fulgencio Batista. We have seen this act before with Obama.

I guess Obama will make some oblique reference to more rights for the Cuban people, but don't expect a "Tear down this wall" moment.

3 comments:

Squid said...

No doubt Obama will add this to his list of disastrous accomplishments, like the Iran nuke (facilitation) deal. All are a part of his fundamental change legacy chamber of horrors.

Squid

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I would bet that Obama in his speech will apologize for the embargo and the last several decades of our relationship. He will no doubt express regret for the Bay of Pigs invasion. He will no doubt express regret for our government's support for the previous dictator, Fulgencio Batista.

I doubt it, but there is no reason any U.S. president should not do so. The embargo was stupid and childish, the Bay of Pigs invasion was unprovoked aggression, about as defensible as the Nazi invasion of Poland, except fortunately it was defeated quickly, and our support for Batista was notorious.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I had another thought though... picture Ronald Reagan saying "Mr. Trump, tear down this wall."