…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
When Obama promised Dmitri Medvedev that in his second term he would really show his teeth, most experts pooh-poohed the warnings that he would act even more brazenly to the detriment of the United States. Since then Obama has done anything he feasibly could to please Putin, Muslims and the enemies of the freedom everywhere. Theatrics for the consumption of American public, the public so honestly described by the chief Obama-mis-care cobbler Gruber, are just that.
On 20th November, 2014 Obama kicked in the teeth all legal immigrants by his Executive Order (or was it just a Presidential memo?) amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. After all, he could be one of them, though probably he is not a Hispanic. Considering his proved ‘integrity’, I would still suggest a DNA test.
Then, not even a month later, on 17th December comrade Obama administered a kick to the balls of Cubans who wished and hoped for free Cuba and until then relatively patiently waited for the day when the murderous Castro brothers give up the ghost. Obama undoubtedly realised the danger of free, democratic Cuba on the doorstep of his empire, and acted.
One question – what took him so long? After all, the Australian socialist Prime Minister Whitlam had, within eight months of his accession to power, recognised, de jure, Stalin’s annexation of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Is the health of the Cuban dictators duo failing faster than is publicly known? Is Venezuela so economically struggling that it would have to ask Cuba to pay the full price for the oil? Or is Obama hoping for something which Putin would grudgingly approve, and The Washington Post and The Guardian would glorify as his one and only foreign affairs coup? Whatever his sordid reason, he acted, in a fashion.
“Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to an exchange of prisoners being held on espionage charges. In addition, Washington and Havana agreed to hold discussions with the goal of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. No agreement was reached on ending the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a step that requires congressional approval.”
The Republicans, the pseudo-conservatives, made the expected noises, but don’t expect them to do anything – they have affirmed their greed, spinesless and cowardice time and time again. If trade with Communist Cuba will keep it Communist for another thirty years, who cares? They don’t care about American citizens, why should they about Cubans?
As well trained seals, or more accurately as disciplined comrades, suddenly all the Left media content providers sprung up with the rehashed stories of JFK’s plans for poisoned cigars, exploding molluscs and dilapidants; plus the Bay of Pigs invasion, naturally without mentioning the Kennedy’s betrayal of Cubans. The meme was to be – US bad, Castro good, Obama the redeemer.
The gaggle of apologists suggested that the diplomatic relations with the dictatorial regime would lead to the free trade, and that would lead to the free exchange of ideas and that … Unfortunately, the socialists are well known for their selective memory, as history (real history) for them is something better to forget. Our readers would of course recall, for example, that in 1921 British Prime Minister George Lloyd authorised the trade agreement with Soviet Russia, claiming, and perhaps believing, that it would lead to the erosion of communism in Russia. He was wrong, or, to be charitable, seventy years premature. Two generations of Russians and other nationalities paid with their lives for his stupidity.
Exchanging prisoners is good in itself, though the benefit is doubtful where one regime can create as many prisoners as is required … – “Cuban police have detained at least three leading dissidents ahead of a planned free-speech demonstration in the Plaza de la Revolución. The arrests of Antonio Rodiles, Eliezer Avila and Reinaldo Escobar look set to be the biggest test yet of diplomatic relations with the US since they were restored earlier this month after 53 years of tension. The crackdown came around lunchtime on Tuesday, just hours before local performance artist Tania Bruguera was due to stage an open-microphone event in Havana’s most politically sensitive square.
Police had denied Bruguera a permit for the “Yo tambien exijo,” [I also demand]” demonstration and warned activists not to participate, but several had indicated their willingness to participate in this test case for public dissent.”
Obama is striving to put a human face on the government by murderers for the murderers, but on 21st December Raul Castro confirmed the victory by stating the socialism so many shed the blood for is there to stay. Figures are not precise, but over 60 000 Cubans were murdered on his and his brother Fidel’s orders. That is lot of blood. The leftist media barely mentioned that.
What’s left for comrade Obama to do? Apologise to the remaining National Socialists (unfeelingly and offensively called the Nazis) hiding in South America, for the unfortunate outcome of the WWII ? Give financial and military aid to Boko Haram ? Don’t be surprised; Obama may be a devious socialist, but he does not act rationally.
Post scriptum: Just to make it clear to our new readers; as far as Cuba is concerned, (and just about all other subjects) Fog of Chaos is not a Johnny-come-lately, more like an Antisthenes/ von Gress-come-too-early:
PPS – The flag used as an illustration here is of lighter blue than the current, official one. It is my private hope that when Castros, Obamas, Putins etc are smitten by the cyclone of change, free Cubans revert to the original flag. Just for the symbolic poke in the eye, of course.