The foreign policy house of lies

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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 régime 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 régime, 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 régime 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.

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.