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Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio Torch Obama Administration Over Cuba Announcement

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Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio Torch Obama Administration Over Cuba Announcement

Two longtime critics of Cuba made blistering statements Wednesday morning following the Obama administration’s announcement that the U.S. would normalize full diplomatic relations with the communist island, marking a significant policy shift not seen in decades.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the outgoing Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, praised the release of former USAID worker and prisoner Alan Gross, but sharply criticized the administration for the price it paid.

“President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” he said in a statement. “There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation. One spy was also convicted of conspiracy to murder for his role in the 1996 tragedy in which the Cuban military shot down two U.S. civilian planes, killing several American citizens. My heart goes out to the American families that lost love ones on that fateful day.”

“Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent,” he added. “It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”

The U.S. is reportedly looking to normalize relations by opening an embassy in Havana, as well as loosening current travel restrictions on the country.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/17/bob-menendez-marco-rubio-obama-cuba_n_6340906.html

8 thoughts on “Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio Torch Obama Administration Over Cuba Announcement

  1. 100% behind Obama on this.

    We have diplomatic relations with far less savory regimes than Cuba. Why should personal grudges deny our opportunity to take Cuba and eventually Venezuela into our sphere and out of Russia’s.

    Something something Monroe Doctrine.

  2. Also 100% with Obama’s decision

    If we can have trade & diplomatic relations with China, we can do the same with Cuba.

    Rubio & Menendez are living in the Stone Age on this.

  3. #1 – correct, being open and transparent is the best way to defang the Castro Brothers.

    Senor Castro, please tear down those palm trees.

  4. The only reason this ridiculous embargo continues is because of the political clout of Cuban exiles. These people have the power to affect U.S. elections in the all-important state of Florida. What these people want is a complete downfall of the Castro regime, so that they can gloriously return home. They see themselves as Cuba’s government in-waiting, and want to be poised to take over and to invest their millions in a new Cuba. It’s actually pure fantasy, as Cuba is more than likely to keep puttering along in its current format forever, just like it has all these years. Normalizing relations is viewed by them as a way of Castro being able to economically survive.

    It’s time these buffoons in Miami and Union City were made irrelevant. I’m not denying that a number of them have Cuban property rights to resolve, and I can only suggest their their legal channels of claiming their property stands a far greater chance of success following normalized relations, because the way things stand, they will get nothing.

  5. How about a first step by the Cuban government:
    Return private property (homes, businesses) seized by the commies from hard working Cubans (exiles) or Americans that owned things there?
    THEN, we can discuss ‘normalization’, but until these stolen properties and businesses are returned to their rightful owners, screw Castro.


  6. Anonymous:

    How about a first step by the Cuban government:
    Return private property (homes, businesses) seized by the commies from hard working Cubans (exiles) or Americans that owned things there?
    THEN, we can discuss ‘normalization’, but until these stolen properties and businesses are returned to their rightful owners, screw Castro.

    Well, after 50 years, this clearly isn’t happening. So, do you think we should just continue the way things are? The re-establishment of diplomatic relations will likely facilitate a much better environment for these property disputes to be resolved.

  7. Lets not forget Joanne Chesimard the cop killer.
    She needs to be extradited back here to face justice.

  8. #7 – damned straight…bring her back to NJ.

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