The Left’s Delusion About Cuba *Open Thread*


You may have seen recently that one more of Obama’s flaming bombs before leaving office was to unilaterally stop the policy of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” that applied to Cuban refugees who made their way to our shores.

In case you are wondering, this sums up the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy  from Wikipedia (which I usually don’t use, but these definition is accurate):

The wet foot, dry foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 that essentially says that anyone who fled Cuba and entered the United States would be allowed to pursue residency a year later. After talks with the Cuban government, the Clinton administration came to an agreement with Cuba that it would stop admitting people intercepted in U.S. waters. Since then, in what has become known as the “Wet foot, Dry foot” policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (with “wet feet”) would summarily be sent home or to a third country. One who makes it to shore (“dry feet”) gets a chance to remain in the United States, and later would qualify for expedited “legal permanent resident” status and eventually U.S. citizenship. In January 2017, the Obama administration announced the immediate end of the policy.[1]

But that is not all Obama ended when he gave this bone to the Communist regime of Cuba. Nope, there is another policy he also ended that is telling, and telling that more outlets aren’t reporting it. From the Los Angeles Times:

[…] The U.S. strategy was an appendix to the “wet foot, dry foot” policy created in the 1990s. Under “wet foot, dry foot,” Cubans who reached American soil on their own could stay in the U.S. But the medical parole program offered a path to American citizenship through any U.S. embassy and consulate abroad, according to a 2009 U.S. Department of State fact sheet (Emphasis mine.)

Why is this a big deal? Well, remember that Cuba is a Communist country, so check out what they do in terms of doctors and nurses from Cuba:


Since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, Cuba has sent medical workers to countries across the globe, mostly in Latin America and Africa, to gain allies and heighten its humanitarian profile. Those efforts, some subsidized by the United Nations’ World Health Organization, also became lucrative, according to Sebastian A. Arcos, associate director for the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University’s campus in Miami.

He said Cuba’s exportation of skilled medical workers has become one of the most important sources of revenue for the communist government,  bringing in billions of dollars over time. Critics have denounced Cuba’s export of doctors, nurses and other medical professional as conscription.

“The Castro regime keeps 95% of the doctors’ salaries that are paid for, even by the WHO,” Arcos said. “Then these doctors and nurses work essentially under slave-labor wage conditions. In countries like Brazil and Venezuela, which have very friendly relations with Cuba, those countries pay Cuba directly, sometimes in oil, and often times medical staff working in those countries get nothing.”.  […]

Oh, yeah – SO glad Obama has chosen to “normalize” relations with this Communist dictatorship. What great leaders those Castros are, huh?

Needless to say, this decision regarding Cuban medical personnel was met with shock:


“He shouldn’t have gotten rid of that,” said Omar Lopez, human rights director with the Cuban American National Foundation in Miami. “It served as something comparable to America’s own Underground Railroad and now the doors are closed to doctors around the world working under those conditions. It’s a paradox. I could say it’s a criminal paradox.… That’s been a main priority of the Cuban government for years with the U.S. because Cuba needs to keep selling its doctors abroad.”

Arcos was critical of Obama, too.

“All this brouhaha over wet foot, dry foot is a smoke screen to hide the fact he eliminated the medical parole program — he didn’t have to do that,” Arcos said. “Now Obama has slammed the door shut for the entire Cuban medical community from escaping the Castro regime. The only reason President Obama eliminated the medical parole program was to appease Raul Castro.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

So it seems – appeasement is the reason for Obama’s unilateral dismissal of this program. It is beyond disturbing that we have a US President who has prostrated himself before Communist dictators in blatant disregard for their murderous ways and human rights violations.

It is to this delusional attitude exhibited by Leftists in this country that the author, Armando Simon, a Cuban refugee. He  wrote this in the Federalist about those folks, American Communists, and their statements to him:


At the time, I thought they were misinformed, so I tried to tell them what it was really like. But they didn’t want to hear what I had to say, and nothing penetrated their skulls. They would argue with me! They had never lived in Cuba before the revolution, they had never visited Cuba after the revolution, they knew absolutely nothing about Cuba’s history, they knew nothing about Cuban culture, they didn’t even speak a word of Spanish, yet they would argue with a Cuban about Cuba! And they didn’t see how grotesquely stupid was their position.


Besides, he defied America, whereupon they indulge in abuse of the United States, usually by citing myths that they hold dear. Much has been in print, such as the comments of Canada’s Justin Trudeau, but you can hear some of the gushing admiration and Peter Hitchens throwing cold water on the admirers on YouTube.

So it’s all coming back. I have a deep hatred for such individuals, not just because they are praising a murdering, dictatorial Communist dictator, although that is understandable in the same way as hearing Muslims justify pedophilia. It is also because I know full well that such individuals, given half the chance, would send people to either concentration camps or firing squads, set up book-burning bonfires, shut down book publishers and news sources, and establish a secret police. Of that, you can be sure. That benevolent-sounding pipsqueak is evil. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

I can’t say as I blame him for his hatred of people who are so cavalier and ignorant about what it means to live under a Communist dictatorship, the constant and real harm done to the people in those countries seems not to faze them one bit. It is mind boggling.

Though considering what is happening in our own country regarding Civics and anti-American hostility perpetrated by our Educators, maybe it shouldn’t be so mind boggling.

One thing is for sure: what Obama has done has emboldened and appeased a Communist regime while asking for nothing much in return. Sadly, it seems the delusions of the Left are being implemented, both here and abroad.

Of note, this week brings more confirmation hearings, including for my Governor, Nikki Haley. I can’t imagine she won’t be confirmed to be the UN Ambassador, but I have to say, I, for one, am sorry to lose her from the State,especially for the UN. But hopefully,she can do some good there.

There are other hearings,too, so stay tuned for those. Should be an interesting week leading up to the Inauguration.

This is an Open Thread.


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27 Responses to “The Left’s Delusion About Cuba *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks for this great informative post about Cuba.

    So like Obama to be doing this. He, like the block-headed liberal referenced by Cuban refugee Armando Simon knows nothing about the conditions in Cuba for the ordinary citizen.

    More and more I see the abysmal ignorance, and dishonesty, of both politicians and media and wonder how we the people are ever to know the truth. Certainly not from either of the aforementioned.

    I would listen perhaps with some interest to the words of Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz about Cuba. Because of where and how their families fled that miserable island to come here they have more knowledge than most.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Marge – it really is astonishing what Obama has done with Cuba (and other dictatorial regimes) and that he has gotten so much positive press as a result.

      And what he has done FOR Cuba is appalling. People act like because of our embargo that they were completely isolated. That was not at ALL the case. Other countries, like Canada, European nations, and Caribbean nations, were able to go there. But now, lefty liberals are all happy that this Communist nation that treats its own people horribly now has open access to the US. With NO restrictions or requirements.

      Obama has done so much damage, and so many of his followers are completely ignorant abt it.

      I agree – Rubio and Cruz definitely are people to whom to listen abt Cuba.

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  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Maxine Waters, Chris Matthews Invoke Fake News Dossier to Float Trump Impeachment

    We’re well aware that the Left is not attached to reality, but there’s nothing like listening to a few minutes of Rep. Maxine Waters to reaffirm just how decoupled from logic and reason liberals can truly be.

    During an interview segment on Hardball with Chris Matthews, the Congressional Black Caucus member called for President-elect Trump’s impeachment (days before he’s even slated to be sworn into office). When asked to articulate why, exactly, he should be impeached, Waters struggled to come up with a cogent answer (nothing new for the congresswoman).

    In the end, she settled on the assertion that if Russia came up with the term “crooked Hillary” then that should suffice as grounds for a Trump-impeachment. She and Matthews also invoked BuzzFeed’s fake-news “dossier” as grounds for impeachment as well.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Waters is justs off her rocker, isn’t she? I mean really – she repeatedly says the most idiotic things. It speaks VOLUMES abt the people who continue to re-elect her. WOW.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      WOW – that is spot on, Marge. You are a MASTER at finding the most appropriate cartoons!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I have so many in my files that it’s now difficult to find the one I want when I want it. For some reason I remember the cartoon but not who drew it or where or when I filed it. I really must take a day someday soon and organize my files and update my filing system. I last did that over 2 years ago. That’s much too long.

        The problem is that once I start I end up spending more time enjoying the cartoons and filing them. And deleting them is painful if it was a really good cartoon.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I totally appreciate how hard it is to discard a good cartoon. I imagine you sitting there thinking, “Well, I might end up needing this one day!” And the way things go, you might! Ahaha.

          I, for one, am thankful for your extensive collection!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Let’s not let the media and Kerry off the adoration for communist Cuba hook either.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, absolutely – they are definitely in the mix of Leftists who ignore reality, and the media has been HORRIBLY remiss in its reporting abt Cuba. Had I not read the piece in the LA times when looking for another article I had read on the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy, I never would have known abt the MEDICAL professionals who are paying dearly under the Cuba regime thanks to Obama.

      Great cartoon!

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Susan Stamper Brown: When the Press Loses Credibility

    When is the press no longer the watchdog America’s founders intended to keep government accountable? When it reports and publishes unverified smears.

    America’s founders believed that a free press was of such significance they granted it constitutional protection. Thomas Jefferson said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press was an integral ingredient to a free nation which Jefferson believed could be an unbiased watchdog to keep the government honest.

    What happens, though, when the watchdog cannot be trusted?

    On January 10, notably excited CNN journalists delivered “breaking news” that classified documents presented to the current and incoming presidents included allegations that Russians had compromising information about Donald Trump. Not long after, BuzzFeed apparently heard CNN’s dog whistle and published a 35-page dossier, which was really nothing more than a compilation of uncorroborated hogwash, obviously created to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.

    The following day, NBC News reported a senior U.S. intelligence official disputed CNN’s claims. The official said Trump was not briefed on the dossier and claims “no investigations found any conclusive or direct link between Trump and the Russian government.” Later, Trump tweeted that National Intelligence director James Clapper “called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated.”

    Calling it a dossier is about as big of a stretch as BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith’s justification for publishing it. Smith wrote, “Publishing this document was not an easy or simple call, and people of good will may disagree with our choice. But publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.” BuzzFeed’s irresponsible decision gave Americans one more reason to distrust the press and made it harder for the press at large to hold the new administration accountable.

    WikiLeaks was ruthlessly attacked for publishing corroborated, authenticated information about Hillary Clinton, but it is somehow OK for CNN to hold the door of innuendo open and for BuzzFeed to run through and publish uncorroborated rumors about Trump.

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  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And one more commutation by Obama that is truly infuriating: Manning, the traitor, is now going to be set free thanks to Obama and his mind-boggling mindset:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Isn’t it amazing the affinity this POS has for terrorists, deserters and traitors? And in such a hurry on his way out the door to inflict them on society.

      JFK was determined to put a man on the moon – Obama is determined to put men in lady’s rooms. What a comedown for the Dems.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You are not only kidding, Marge. Whatever the hell the Dems are now, it sure isn’t the party to which I was affiliated for all those years.

        Obama is a disgrace, and those people who continue to worship at his feet continue to prove the point of the title of this post.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I just heard on HLN that Obama and Gen. Cartwright are close, and the WH may have wanted the info out that he dispelled to journalists. Consequently, he won’t spend any time in prison after having been convicted.

        WOW. I am infuriated by Obama’s blowing up the country on his way out. Bad enough what he did over 8 yrs, but this last week have been TERRIBLE. Grrrr.

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    No doubt they will start calling this radical Islamic terrorist a “killer,” or “shooter,” instead of “terrorist,” just like they have done with the Orlando shooter, the one who swore his allegiance to ISIS. Anyway, yet another ISIS affiliated agent acting in the USA:

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Rep. Lewis and all of his cohorts who are boycotting can go ahead. That just leaves more room for actual adults like these people from Israel:

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