In response to the uproar over President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba without gaining any real concessions from the Castros, White House spokesman Josh Earnest invoked the spirit of JFK. Earnest intimated that President Kennedy would change his policy of isolation after seeing that it did not bring about the desired change.
Really? Is this wisdom akin to Mr. Obama's assertion that he heard the 2/3rds of Americans who did not participate in the Midterms shellacking of President Obama's Democrats in the House and Senate? Of course, such perspecaciousness is unsurprising for a Commander-in-Chief who can see fallen heroes in a Memorial Day audience, especially Navy Corpsemen (sic).
While the left and the right may seek to claim the mantle of Camelot after 50 years, it certainly seems like a stretch to imply that a Cold Warrior such as JKF, would give up for nothing. After all, President Kennedy gave the final approved for the Bay of Pigs invasion (before he withdrew air cover during the operation thus dooming the mission). And Kennedy stood up to the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Furthermore, JFK plotted several assassination attempts against Fidel. It seems with his spurious assertion that Josh Earnest continues to be the ironic Obama spokesman.
But pro arguendo, should American foreign policy toward economically isolating Havana change after 50 years? Well, 190 other nations have not been observing the boycott and what sort of political and economic liberalization has occurred in the island prison state? Hmm, foreign tourists enjoy white sandy beaches in Cuba but are cordoned off from the grime the common people live with through tourist apartheid separated by barbed wire fences. Many regular Cubans seek to work as "sex workers" since prostitutes can garner some hard currency from tips. Western companies can invest, but they must partner with the kleptocratic communist Cuban government which keeps 92% of the joint venture worker's salary.
Then consider President Obama's diplomatic skills. Once again, the 44th President is coddling a dictatorial government who is actively opposed to our interests, without winning anything in return. Wonder what our Dear Leader will offer Kim Jong Un in the wake of Sony Hack Attack in appeasement?
h/t: A.F. Branco
h/t: A.F. Branco