The foreign policy house of lies

One among many lies on which the Obama administration bases its foreign policy:

Last Friday, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla brazenly lied about Cuba and insulted the U.S. during his joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (my translation):

“Cuba is not a place where there is racial discrimination, police brutality, or where deaths occur from these issues. Neither is under Cuban jurisdiction the territory where people are tortured or held in legal limbo.”

Kerry (the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam) – likely dreaming of a Nobel Peace Prize, stood there like patience on a statue and took it, oblivious to the facts.

Let’s hear the facts from Cuban dissident Armando Valladares:

I spent eight of my ensuing 22 years in Castro’s jails naked and in solitary confinement because I refused to wear a prison uniform. I was a conscientious objector, and the regime wanted to mark me as a common criminal.

The final cries of my friends at the execution wall that drifted through my cell window, when I had one, became a sort of refrain for the Castro regime, until the government realized that gagging and silencing them before they died sent a more powerful message. I saw countless friends tortured and executed for protesting a government that still crushes the people of Cuba under its boot.

Valladares’s crime? Refusing to say. “I’m with Fidel.”

As for the rest of Rodriguez’s statement, For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun; More than 200 Cuban dissidents arrested on 18th straight Sunday of repression, Aug. 16, 2015; Days after a beating by a mob, Laura Pollán fell ill and soon died. She was cremated two hours later.

But we are expected to believe Cuban propaganda.

Valladares asserts that

The regime was built on the blood of dissidents like those the U.S. now avoids acknowledging.

That is the truth.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.