Pope Francis: non-ideologue in Cuba, leftist in the U.S.

Featured image I’m with John when it comes to Pope Francis: I really don’t like him. After reading this editorial in the Washington Post, I like him even less. The Post’s editors point out that here in the United States, Pope Francis will meet not just with the president and other politicians, but also “with those marginalized by our society: homeless people, immigrants, refugees and even inmates of a jail.” They could »

Obama gives Pope Francis the finger

Featured image President Obama has decided that his invited guests for the arrival of Pope Francis next week will include transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, and a nun who criticizes church policies on abortion and euthanasia. The Vatican has objected. It notes that photos taken with the pope might be used to suggest his endorsement of activities he does not approve. I’m no fan of this pope. Thus, I’m »

Fidel Castro: Greediest Tyrant In World History?

Featured image We noted years ago that Fidel Castro ranked high on Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world with unearned wealth. As his economic policies forced his countrymen into increasingly desperate poverty, Castro himself has lived for decades like a pasha. It is doubtful whether any of history’s rogues gallery of warlords and tyrants has ever stolen a larger portion of his country’s wealth than Fidel Castro. Now more »

Mark Falcoff: Why liberals love Castro

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, in “Castro’s dreams come true,” “The Cuban paradox” and “More thoughts on Cuba.” What is it with Castro and the liberals? It’s still a good question. Mark Falcoff writes: The cat is now out of the »

Obama removes Cuba from terror sponsor list, Cuban supported terror group kills 10

Featured image On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. is removing Cuba from its state sponsors of terror list. Hours later, FARC, a terrorist group long supported by Cuba, murdered 10 Colombian soldiers and wounded 17 others in a terror attack on a military base. As David Steinberg of PJ Media shows, providing safe haven to members of a terrorist group has long been sufficient to warrant inclusion on the U.S. »

Mark Falcoff: More thoughts on Cuba

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, here and here: The story has kind of disappeared from the headlines, or even the second page, but the efforts of the Obama administration to reestablish relations with Castro’s Cuba continues apace. All kinds of people »

Cuban Democracy Advocate Viciously Beaten By Castro’s Thugs

Featured image Many people are happy that the Obama administration is trying to normalize relations with Cuba’s Communist dictatorship. They are the same people, or descendants of the same people, who idolized “Uncle Joe” Stalin. There is only one kind of Communist dictatorship, and it isn’t pretty. This is the kind of story that you will never see in the cheerleader media: Dissident savagely attacked by Castro thugs: Smashing someone’s skull with »

Psaki ‘psplains

Featured image At yesterday’s press briefing, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki was asked repeatedly about the 53 political dissidents Cuba seemed to have promised to release as part of the deal to normalize relations with the United States. Who are they? Where are they? Have any of them been released? Do you know? Why can’t you psay? The matter appears to be a highly classified state secret. Pressed by AP State Department »

Obama, Cuba and Iran

Featured image In his regular Wednesday email to subscribers (you can subscribe at no cost here), the Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last draws attention to Allahpundit’s December 18 Hot Air post “White House aides: Obama feels liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be.” Allahpunit takes up the implications of the Obama administration’s thawing of relations with Cuba in the context of the administration’s ongoing negotiations with Iran. Submitted »

Marco Rubio on Cuba

Featured image This morning on the Laura Ingraham show, I talked with Senator Marco Rubio about the Obama administration’s overture toward Castro’s Cuban dictatorship. It is a good interview, I think. Among other things, it focuses on the Cuban regime’s military alliances with pretty much all of our worst enemies, and it reflects Rubio’s seriousness as a public figure. If there is a more earnest politician in the U.S., I can’t think »

Hurry to Cuba to See the Classic Cars!

Featured image Eleanor Clift gives gentry liberalism a bad name in this exchange with Pat Buchanan on The McLaughlin Group. Talking about Cuba, Clift says the key is to visit before it gets spoiled by economic progress. Cuba’s “classic cars,” in particular, are a tourist attraction: Those “classic” cars were manufactured in the 1950s and 1960s, or even earlier. They are still being driven because Cuba, being a Communist country, is dirt »

Cuba: Keith Ellison’s prayer

Featured image Joanne Chesimard/Assata Shakur was a member and leader of the cop-killing Black Liberation Army. In 1973 she participated in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which Trooper Werner Foerster was murdered and Trooper James Harper seriously injured. In 1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the shootout. Chesimard escaped from prison in New Jersey and has been on »

The Cuba appeasement and the latest detainee release — is there a connection?

Featured image Our restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the accompanying swap of prisoners have overshadowed the release of six terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, after the government of Uruguay agreed to accept the six. On the face of things, the two stories seem unrelated. But if we are to believe the president of Uruguay, there is a connection. And the common thread may be President Obama’s laxity (to put it »

Rand Paul proves Marco Rubio’s point

Featured image During an impassioned appearance on Fox News to denounce President Obama’s new Cuba policy, Marco Rubio stated, in response to a question that cited Rand Paul’s pro-Obama view on the subject, that Paul “has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to Cuba.” Having been called out, Paul had little alternative but to respond, and it would have been easy for him to so intelligently. There are, after »

Mark Falcoff: The Cuban paradox

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to this post on Wednesday: This subject has already been written to death, but may I add a couple more comments? There are two kinds of people who favor normalization of relations with Cuba. One is the person who believes that by freeing up »

Thoughts on Cuba

Featured image The late William Rusher used to criticize our Cuban embargo because he liked to smoke Cuban cigars, and rightly reasoned, “Well—if we can’t bomb their cities, at least we could burn their crops.” To which I added, if blue jeans helped bring down the Soviet Union, imagine what a boatload of Spandex will do to Castro’s Cuba. We’ll see how much of this Obama can implement on his own. Much »

Transform this

Featured image It’s a good thing that President Obama wasn’t in charge of American foreign policy during the Cold War. He could have decried the policy of containment followed by more or less faithfully by successive administrations for more than 40 years as an utter failure. At any given point, the Soviet Union was still standing and looked like a permanent fixture on the international scene, right up until the moment it »