Carlos Eire posts a Normalization Circus Update: More abuse heaped upon Ladies in White (emphasis added)
Okay, okay, time to spell it out:
Ever since Mr. Obama visited the Castro Kingdom, King Raul has not allowed any dissidents to stage public protests.
His new tactic is to arrest potential protesters before they are able to raise their voices in public.
The change has been as abrupt as it has been obvious.
While King Raul waited for the lifting of sanctions, he allowed dissidents to be somewhat visible.
As soon as sanctions were lifted, King Raul no longer had to pretend to be a somewhat nice guy.
The once-somewhat- visible Ladies in White are now totally invisible virtual prisoners in their homes, instantly rounded up and roughed up the instant they step out their doors.
And ever since the European Union signed its Carte Blanche deal with King Raul, the repression has been increasing at an alarming rate.
A couple of years ago, I was in Rick Moran’s podcast with Jazz Shaw and Doug Mataconis, where Jazz and Doug approved of Obama’s Cuba policy “because what we have been doing about Cuba hasn’t worked,” ignoring the fact that the regime’s goal is to consolidate power around itself. Lifting sanctions has availed the regime of financial resources it previously lacked, further facilitating that purpose.
Small surprise, then, that Our new relationship with Cuba doesn’t seem to have changed much of anything.
As Capt. Louis said,