Cuba

Moral Imbecile Sweepstakes Goes to Overtime

Featured image I thought it would be impossible to top the moral turpitude of Justin Trudeau, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Jesse Jackson yesterday, but I underestimated the capacities of The Nation, where Greg Grandin submits his entry for the prize: Castro almost outlasted 11 US presidents. . . Perhaps he just couldn’t bear the thought of President Donald Trump. Having been sanctimoniously lectured by all 11 US presidents on what constitutes proper democratic procedure, he »

Castro wanted nuclear war [UPDATED]

Featured image In my post about Fidel Castro’s death I wrote: “It has never been clear to me whether Castro asked the Soviets for missiles or whether the Soviets initiated the idea and Castro agreed (as the New York Times says).” But wherever that idea originated, the evidence is that Castro advocated striking the U.S. with Soviet nukes. In other words, he called for thermonuclear war. Here, via Andrew Stuttaford, is an »

Russia freakout

Featured image The freakout over Donald Trump’s alleged love affair with Vladimir Putin may or may not have a firm basis in reality. But to the extent that it’s Democrats who are freaking out, I can’t help but note their hypocrisy. It was President Obama and then-Secretary of State Clinton who gave us the Russian reset, one consequence of which was to deny Poland and the Czech Republic a missile shield. It »

Moral Imbecile of the Week (Updated)

Featured image It’s not even noon yet out here on the Left Coast, and while the competition is very keen to see who can make the greatest fool of himself fawning over Fidel Castro, I think we can declare a winner already in the sweepstakes for Greatest Moral Imbecile of the Week. First runner up is Justin Trudeau, the current nincompoop running Canada. Here’s his complete statement: The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, »

Mark Falcoff: Castro’s demise

Featured image I invited our occasional contributor Mark Falcoff to comment on the death of Fidel Castro. Mark writes: The demise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro had been predicted for so long (and so wrongly) that it is difficult to believe that he is finally gone at last. What can one say about this man and his country? Castro always saw himself as a world-historical figure, defying the United States and converting »

Only the wrong survive [With Comment by John]

Featured image The peaceful death of the brutal Communist butcher and dictator at the ripe old age of 90 cannot help but trouble those of us who would like to believe in the hand of providence in history. Celebrated by the left, by the mainstream media (but then I repeat myself) and by fools all over the world, Castro was a truly evil tyrant. His death couldn’t come too soon. It came »

Fidel Castro finally dies

Featured image Fidel Castro has died. He was 90 years old. It will be fascinating to read and view the mainstream media’s treatment of the dead dictator. I wonder to what extent the MSM, which wants to resist “normalizing” Donald Trump, will normalize the Cuban tyrant and his regime, as President Obama has done to some extent. I expect we will see at least a few stories in the “he did some »

Mark Falcoff: From Cuba to Venezuela

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute and author, among other books, of Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He is also on occasional contributor to Power Line. He writes: Not long ago when the Obama administration decided to end our diplomatic and political embargo of Cuba many friends and associates asked me, as a long time Cuba-watcher, what I thought about it. At the »

Cuba Is Cursed, All Right: By Socialism

Featured image This Associated Press headline is priceless: “Cuba hopes detente will finally break curse on investment.” What curse is that? After the Castros expropriated pretty much all the private property on the island, foreign investors have been reluctant to risk their capital by investing in a broken-down Communist economy. Funny how that works. The AP includes a brief history lesson: After he seized control of Cuba in 1959 and nationalized the »

Obama on freedom vs. totalitarianism — whatever works

Featured image President Obama didn’t just tango during his visit to Argentina. He also addressed a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative meeting. During his remarks, Obama stumbled through an embarrassing discourse on “capitalism vs. communism.” The would-be leader of what used to be called the Free World treated the issue as just another false choice, sort of the way he used to speak of Red States and Blue States before he »

Carlos Eire: Obama’s inglorious speech

Featured image Carlos Eire is professor of history at Yale and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. At Babalú Blog Professor Eire wrote a proposed speech for President Obama in Havana that was posted as “The speech never given, the op-ed never published” In the event, Obama gave remarks to the Cuban people” in Havana this past Tuesday. I briefly disparaged »

The Obama doctrine applied

Featured image In the immediate aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels yesterday, President Obama gave a previously scheduled speech in Havana “To the People of Cuba.” The speech contrasts rather starkly with the speech suggested by Professor Carlos Eire in “The speech never given,” to the detriment of Obama’s speech. Obama’s speech wasn’t all bad. Though full of nauseating palaver, it had a good paragraph or two. To the mostly nauseating »

Carlos Eire: The speech never given

Featured image Carlos Eire is professor of history at Yale and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. At Babalú Blog, which is providing invaluable commentary on President Obama’s Cuban interlude, Professor Eire has posted the column below as “The speech never given, the op-ed never published.” Professor Eire provides a prefatory note indicating that he “offered the essay below to The »

Obama goes limp

Featured image Following their joint news conference this afternoon, Raul Castro grabbed President Obama’s arm and sought to raise it in a gesture of triumph against the backdrop of the Cuban and American flags. In response Obama let his wrist go limp. I take it that Obama was exploring the outer limits of his defiance of the Castro regime. It seems to represent another of the Obama administration’s great moments in diplomacy, »

Common ground with Castro

Featured image At his joint press conference with Raul Castro this afternoon, President Obama found common ground: “President Castro, I think, has pointed out that in his view making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security and old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him. But it doesn’t detract from some of these other concerns. And »

Che chic, Obama edition

Featured image President Obama is proud of his visit to Cuba this week. He’s enjoying himself immensely. I bet he even enjoyed the group photo that captured him standing in front of a mural of Che Guevara in Havana this morning (below). My God. pic.twitter.com/rZYgnTi3dh — Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 21, 2016 As Jay Nordlinger has never tired of reminding the ignorant, this was Che: He was an Argentinian revolutionary who served »

Move over Che, indeed

Featured image AFP has published the photo featuring the poster of Presidents Obama and Castro in central Havana yesterday, characterizing the photo as “a revolutionary change to the portraits of Che Guevara and other communist leader plastered around Cuba.” The accompanying AFP story carries the headline “Move over Che: Obama’s the new poster in town.” Someone observed this week (I think, and I’m sorry I don’t recall who) that the United States »