The news broke yesterday, that, as expected,
NEW: Pres. Obama to go to Cuba within the next month, sources tell @ABC News.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 18, 2016
Capitol Hill Cubans remind us that
During a December 2015 interview with Yahoo News, Obama stated that he would only travel to Cuba if he can meet with pro-democracy dissidents there. Such meetings should — at the very least — include internationally-recognized dissidents, such as Sakharov prize recipients, The Ladies in White and Guillermo Farinas; U.S. Presidential of Medal recipient Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet; Estado de Sats‘ Antonio Rodiles and former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez”. Otherwise, Obama will have lied — again.
But the trip to Cuba may only be the beginning, folks. I fully expect Obama to cede Gitmo to the Castros. Ted Cruz touched on the subject last night,
And we need to have a president that stands up to our enemies, that doesn’t – you know, if you look at Cuba when the Soviet Union collapsed, they lost their major patron, their source of money.
But then what happened is Venezuela stepped in and became a patron. And you saw the oil revenues and actually Cuba had a corrupt bargain where they would send thugs, they would send soldiers down to Venezuela, that they would use to oppress the citizens there and in exchange Venezuela would send money.
Well, as oil prices have been tanking, Venezuela’s economy is in freefall. And suddenly Cuba was again on the ropes. The Castros were again on the ropes. And just like with Iran, the Obama administration steps in with a lifeline.
The CNN video cut off at that point,
but Cruz continued,
And I’ll tell you one of the things, Anderson, I’m very concerned about, is that Obama is emptying Guantanamo. He is releasing terrorists that our soldiers bled and died to capture.
And the next president is going to have to send soldiers out to capture them again or kill them when they return to waging jihad. And I fear that by the end of this year President Obama plans to give the Guantanamo Navy Base back to Cuba, which would be undermining U.S. national security interests profoundly.
I hope he doesn’t do that. But it is consistent with his pattern of the last seven years. I think it is a profound risk.