Obama’s Cuba deal: More appeasement
President Barack Obama, the most deferential and, thus, most dangerous foreign policy president in modern American history, embarked Wednesday on another reckless path: “normalizing” relations with the despotic nation of Cuba, a state sponsor of terrorism.
First leaked was word of a prisoner swap — a wrongly imprisoned U.S. contractor held hostage for five years for three Cuban spies convicted for their direct role in the deaths of Americans and jailed for the past 15 years. That, and the release of a Cuban who spied for America, supposedly was the sugar designed to help the poison mislabeled as medicine go down — a breathtakingly expansive program of appeasement and financial goodies that will give thugs hard cash to prop up the tyrannical Communist state to further ply its ugly trade.
“The exchange of an aid worker for hardened Cuban spies sets a terrible precedent,” Cuban native and former foreign correspondent Mike Gonzalez told us shortly after the deal went public. “Legally and morally, the equivalence is not there.”
Mr. Gonzalez, now a scholar at The Heritage Foundation, says “the swap increases risks for Americans” by sending “the message that you can strong-arm the administration by taking Americans hostage.” And receive all manner of financial and political rewards in return.
Congress must act to thwart such rank appeasement. And it can do so, Gonzalez says, by maintaining the embargo that Obama seeks to dilute — but only it can lift — and snapping shut the purse for any and all diplomatic entreaties.
Barack Obama’s reckless action cannot be allowed to stand. For surely it will further contribute to America’s continuing Obama-fueled fall.