Obama heads to Cuba next month

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz | February 19th, 2016

Readability

Obama heads to Cuba next month

Pres­i­dent Obama is hard at work try­ing to secure his legacy, as pres­i­dents are wont to do in their last year in office.

So he’s head­ing to Havana in March,

The US pres­i­dent con­firmed his Cuba trip in a post on Twit­ter, say­ing: “Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.”

He will be joined by his wife, Michelle, trav­el­ling to the island on 21 to 22 March, before embark­ing on a two-​day visit to Argentina, the White House said in a statement.

This his­toric visit — the first by a sit­ting US pres­i­dent in nearly 90 years — is another demon­stra­tion of the president’s com­mit­ment to chart a new course for US-​Cuban rela­tions and con­nect US and Cuban cit­i­zens through expanded travel, com­merce, and access to information.”

The punch line is that, in Cuba, the “expanded travel, com­merce, and access to infor­ma­tion” are totally con­trolled by the Com­mu­nist régime, which has not agreed to con­ces­sions, no siree. Cuban dic­ta­tor Raul Cas­tro reassert­ing, ”We can’t pre­tend that by improv­ing ties with the Unites States, Cuba will renounce the ideas for which it has fought for more than a century.”

And they’re not about to change their minds,

In Decem­ber, Mr Obama told Yahoo News he wanted to meet polit­i­cal dis­si­dents in Cuba to help “nudge the Cuban gov­ern­ment in a new direction”.

Cuba’s gov­ern­ment responded by say­ing Mr Obama was wel­come to visit but should not med­dle in the country’s inter­nal affairs.

Obama claims,

I’ve made very clear in my con­ver­sa­tions directly with Pres­i­dent Cas­tro that we would con­tinue to reach out to those who want to broaden the scope for, you know, free expres­sion inside of Cuba.”

Elliott Abrams asks,

What does it mean to “reach out to those who want to broaden the scope for, you know, free expres­sion,” to quote the President’s inart­ful words.

Not too hard to guess: a tame group of civil soci­ety types, some artists who have gal­leries cater­ing to Amer­i­can tourists, some peo­ple who want the right to open new restau­rants. The Cuban régime will never allow Obama to meet with “every­body,” and they will get away with it. They know that Obama is dying to make this trip and get his photo with Fidel, and that gives the police state the upper hand– just as it did through­out the Obama nego­ti­a­tions with Cuba.

Car­los Éire casts a even more jaun­diced look at the visit.

Only one thing is clear — the visit is only about Obama’s legacy; don’t expect the trip to be about any­thing else.

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

President Obama is hard at work trying to secure his legacy, as presidents are wont to do in their last year in office.

So he’s heading to Havana in March,

The US president confirmed his Cuba trip in a post on Twitter, saying: “Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.”

He will be joined by his wife, Michelle, travelling to the island on 21 to 22 March, before embarking on a two-day visit to Argentina, the White House said in a statement.

“This historic visit – the first by a sitting US president in nearly 90 years – is another demonstration of the president’s commitment to chart a new course for US-Cuban relations and connect US and Cuban citizens through expanded travel, commerce, and access to information.”

The punch line is that, in Cuba, the “expanded travel, commerce, and access to information” are totally controlled by the Communist regime, which has not agreed to concessions, no siree. Cuban dictator Raul Castro reasserting, ”We can’t pretend that by improving ties with the Unites States, Cuba will renounce the ideas for which it has fought for more than a century.”

And they’re not about to change their minds,

In December, Mr Obama told Yahoo News he wanted to meet political dissidents in Cuba to help “nudge the Cuban government in a new direction”.

Cuba’s government responded by saying Mr Obama was welcome to visit but should not meddle in the country’s internal affairs.

Obama claims,

“I’ve made very clear in my conversations directly with President Castro that we would continue to reach out to those who want to broaden the scope for, you know, free expression inside of Cuba.”

Elliott Abrams asks,

What does it mean to “reach out to those who want to broaden the scope for, you know, free expression,” to quote the President’s inartful words.

Not too hard to guess: a tame group of civil society types, some artists who have galleries catering to American tourists, some people who want the right to open new restaurants. The Cuban regime will never allow Obama to meet with “everybody,” and they will get away with it. They know that Obama is dying to make this trip and get his photo with Fidel, and that gives the police state the upper hand– just as it did throughout the Obama negotiations with Cuba.

Carlos Eire casts a even more jaundiced look at the visit.

Only one thing is clear – the visit is only about Obama’s legacy; don’t expect the trip to be about anything else.

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

Catholic CD of the Month

Know your Catholic Faith

Natural discount shop

Food Glorious Food

Listen to your Granny

DTG & RS McCain Approved!

Find Discounts at the Stores you Love

TOP STORES

Bloggers Prayer

Oh God, you who gave free will to your creation, bless those who use that precious gift to blog.

May we though this gift of freedom of expression enlighten, entertain and inform our readers, and we ask particular blessing for those who bring your word across the net, that they may faithfully execute your command to make disciples of all nations.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

DH Gate Dot Com, Online Shopping

Cheap ecigarette from China - DHgate

Granite Grok

Goldfish and Clowns

Best Grassroots Blogs

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Support our favorite Charties

Old Examiner Pieces

Tags

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Most Innovative Blogger 2013

Help a Brother Knight of Mine who needs a hand

%d bloggers like this: