Obama Snubbed Again
|President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama|
greeted by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
at the Havana International Airport on 20 March 2016.
Cuban President Raul Castro not there to greet them.
(AP Photo/Cubadebate/Ismael Francisco)
When Obama walked off Air Force One and onto the tarmac at Jose Marti International Airport, Cuban President Raul Castro was not there to greet him, even though the communist thug routinely greets foreign dignitaries at the airport.
Think about Obama's foreign policy for a moment. What has it accomplished?
Did the Obama/Clinton "reset" with Russia result in a more peaceful, cooperative Vladimir Putin? Not at all. Putin occupied Ukraine and sent Russian military forces into Syria.
Did the Obama/Clinton outreach to Iran result in the Islamic Republic renouncing terrorism or recognizing the right of Israel to exist? Nope. We got a terrible nuclear deal, a ban on U.S. products and continued animosity from the ayatollah.
Did Obama's secret overtures to North Korea result in the Stalinist regime becoming less repressive? Hardly. Kim Jong Un tested more nuclear weapons and seized another American hostage.
And when it comes to relaxing relations with Cuba, Obama can't even get Castro to meet him at the airport. Instead, Barack Obama went to meet the communist dictator at his presidential palace. It was disgusting to see the president of the United States posing in front of a huge sculpture of Che Guevara, a terrorist and mass murderer.
At a joint press conference today, Raul Castro launched into tirade against America and demanded Obama return the "illegally occupied" territory of Guantanamo Bay. Meanwhile, there has been no change in the regime's behavior, as it cracks down on dissidents and pro-democracy activists.
Obama has gone out of his way to make huge concessions to Cuba, Russia, North Korea and Iran. It is hard to see how we are any better off for it.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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