Normalizing Cuba?

Obama with CastroPresident Obama has now met with Raul Castro and begun the normalization of relations process with Cuba, thereby reversing American policy that has been in effect for more than 50 years, ever since the Castro brothers and their chief lieutenant, Che Guevara, ousted what was admittedly a corrupt Cuban government.

However, replacing a corrupt government with a totalitarian Marxist regime that routinely rounds up “enemies” of the state and executes them is not an improvement. Allowing the old Soviet Union to establish a base of operations just 90 miles from America was not an improvement. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 could have led to WWIII.

Has anything really changed with that regime? Sure, Fidel stepped down, only to be replaced by his brother. Again, not an improvement. The Christians still cannot meet in open churches, although they have spread throughout the island prison in home meetings, and apparently are thriving. Thank God for that. But that’s not because the Cuban government is now so “liberal” in the old sense of that term.

President Obama doesn’t really care what’s going on now. He just wants us to “turn the page” on the past and ignore the atrocities that have characterized this murderous cabal:

Turn the Page

He claims that Cuba no longer supports terrorism and has no terrorist intentions. Why, they have been “clean” for the last six months. What an amazing record!

Removing Cuba

We’re told by Obama’s supporters that we should trust him, that he has more inside information than we do. Surely he would never be so foolish as to lead us astray when it comes to something as vital as America’s national security.

Nuclear Framework

Then again.

Never in the history of our country has a president so betrayed national security as this one. Never have we had anyone this radical, both in foreign and domestic policy, in charge. It is my sincere prayer—and I don’t offer this as a cliché, but as genuine—that we survive until January 2017.

The President’s Magic Beans

That sort of, kind of beginning of some type of understanding upon which some future agreement might be based—otherwise known as the Iran “deal”—seems to be falling apart, if indeed there ever was anything to fall apart to begin with. It’s as if the Obama administration got a little ahead of itself. No surprise there. They tend to overlook some genuine concerns about dealing with Iran in their haste to achieve something they consider historic.

Fine Print

This so-called deal allows Iran to keep its underground facility that no one has been allowed to inspect. Neither are snap inspections part of the “understanding,” thereby letting Iran prepare for any inspection by covering up anything that’s really going on.

Inspection

Then they try to sell this to Americans as a bargain that just can’t be passed up. Look what a great deal we have made!

Magic Beans

Don’t worry, we’re told. We’ll keep a close watch on the Iranians so they won’t cheat. And if they do, well then . . . um, well, what then? Might that not be a little too late?

Captain Obvious

Then President Obama has the audacity to criticize Gov. Scott Walker on his lack of understanding of foreign policy. Let’s examine the results of Obama’s foreign policy.

My Foreign Policy

I think we understand it pretty well. It’s hard to miss.

The Framework

We now have the beginnings of a possible understanding of a framework for future negotiations about maybe, perhaps, putting some conditions on Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Wow. I feel so much safer now that we have this “framework.”

Framework

Of course, we never would have gotten this far—made so much progress—without the tough negotiating skills of the Obama administration:

If That's What It Takes

Isn’t it great to finally have a chief executive and commander in chief who possesses a deep understanding of our real friends and enemies?

Death to America

And what a great deal this is going to be for Israel once it is fully implemented:

What Could Go Wrong

Yes, I’m sure you feel as I do—safe and secure in the competent hands of our elected leader:

World Series

Proverbs 29:4 (Message Version): “A leader of good judgment gives stability; an exploiting leader leaves a trail of waste.”

We are witnessing the last half of that verse in our day.

My Vote of No Confidence

Disagreement about policy is one thing; we can all participate in honest debate about the correct policy to follow. But is there a tipping point at which the policy that is followed becomes a danger to the nation and must be resisted for the sake of our future? Is there a time to question, not only the wisdom, but the motives of our leaders?

Case in point: the swap for Bo Bergdahl. We got a deserter; the enemy received back from Gitmo five of its top commanders. Now we hear that three of them are attempting to reconnect with the terrorist network. Don’t worry, we’re told. The fact that we know of this attempt shows we are on top of the situation. Never mind that in another couple of months, the “deal” we made with the Muslim nation that took them in will expire.

Who, in his right mind, would think that getting a dishonorable soldier back is worth the release of five terrorist leaders?

Only Five Taliban

Some minds just aren’t thinking straight. Fortunately, the military, despite the pressures from the White House, looked past the “celebration” of Bergdahl’s return last year with the Rose Garden ceremony and Susan Rice’s really silly comment that he served with “honor and distinction.” He is now going to a military tribunal for what should be appropriate justice, provided political concerns don’t outweigh the truth. Sadly, that justice will be meted out to only one of the deserters:

Charged with Desertion

I have no issue with questioning our president’s motives in this case. His skewed worldview is creating problem after problem, and they are escalating. His judgment should be challenged and his decisions should be evaluated in light of the increased national security dangers his policies have perpetuated. His culpability is greater than that of the one who may get his just deserts.

Disgraced

The Bergdahl fiasco involves only one dishonorable soldier and a few terrorists, which is bad enough. Yet there’s a larger disaster looming:

Murky Poppins

I simply have no confidence in the judgment of Barack Obama as the presumed leader of the free world. We are all at risk with him at the helm.

The Iran Fantasy

If you are tired of hearing about Iran and the “deal” now being negotiated with that terrorist nation, I apologize up front. You may now go to another website and revel in recipes, entertainment news, or other such essential topics for your day. Staving off a nuclear attack on America is obviously not something you want to think about. Don’t let it bother you; go ahead and concentrate on what’s really important.

For the rest of you, let’s have some straight talk. I’ve written rather extensively on what I perceive of President Obama’s fantasyland picture of the world. With respect to his views on other nations, this has now come to the forefront, and it’s on the verge of hurting us in ways we thought incomprehensible earlier. What was only a vague threat before has now become stark reality.

If you never realized it before, you have to come face-to-face with the fact that this president loathes Israel and its leader, yet somehow thinks that Iran and its leaders, even when they tweet out “Death to America,” are somehow trustworthy. This is a fantasyland beyond the pale. To what can this be compared? Providing Hitler with secrets to the atomic bomb? Giving the Soviet Union access to national security documents? It boggles the mind.

Yet what does the news media concentrate on? A letter written by Republican senators telling Iran that agreements must be approved by the Congress, a simple declaration of how our constitutional form of government is supposed to work. For making this public statement, those senators are pilloried by many Obama apologists. Yet what danger did that letter introduce? Again, let’s be honest about the real problem:

Which Is Worse

Yet the Obama-Kerry initiative seems oblivious to that real threat. Their perception of Iran is somewhat skewed, to say the least:

Deal

As in the movie The Wizard of Oz we’re supposed to ignore what’s behind the curtain, so to speak:

Teeny Weeny

President Obama, not only by his insistence on finalizing this deal, but by his overall foreign policy, has put his country on the edge of a cliff, as if it were his goal all along to destroy us. Is that his real intent, or is he just that foolish, blinded by his ideology? Either way, we’re in the worst shape with regard to national security than we have ever been, and I say that as a historian of American history with a lot of research on the Cold War under my belt. So that’s saying a lot.

Former vice president Dick Cheney has publicly called Obama the worst president in his lifetime. To be fair and balanced, I feel I must offer the other side’s view as well:

Disagree

I report, you decide.

Lack of Intelligence Report

The latest intelligence report on terror threats to the country no longer includes either Iran or its minions in Hezbollah on the list of threats. If that seems rather unintelligent to you, don’t think you’re the one failing the intelligence test.

What would ever lead our government to come up with this assessment? Could it be because our president wants a “deal” with Iran so badly that he will do anything to show them how nice we are to them? That by removing them from the terror list, they will have a change of heart? Once again, we have the Obama worldview—skewed as it it—on full display.

Undermining

Once again, he reveals his penchant for not knowing who the real enemy is:

Negotiate

And have you noticed who is doing the fighting against ISIS in Iraq, the nation we pulled out of the fire and tried to set on a stable course? Iraq is quickly becoming a subsidiary of Iran. What’s even worse is our government apparently applauds this development. We will keep applauding, apparently, until the country that seeks to destroy Israel and send nuclear missiles our way achieves its goal.

Simultaneously, our president and his administration give funding to an organization actively working to oust Netanyahu as the Israeli prime minister. One of Obama’s chief campaign strategists was sent over to Israel for that very purpose. This is the president who balked at inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress because, ostensibly, it would be “wrong” to influence the upcoming Israeli elections.

This is the basest hypocrisy.

We are in this position because American voters collectively put their heads in the sand twice. We have reaped what we have sown. We are ultimately to blame.

This new “lack of intelligence” report is merely the latest evidence of Obama Fantasyland:

It's a Wash

Less than two years to go.

Iran Negotiations vs. Reality

The negotiations with Iran have been as front and center lately as the Hillary Clinton e-mails. As we know, the administration deplored the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the Congress. That speech went well for Netanyahu, not so well for the administration.

Netanyahu’s concerns are obvious: the survival of Israel as Iran moves steadily toward a nuclear capability; the fear that these negotiations will lead to disaster for his people because they don’t seem to rule out that continual development of nuclear weapons.

This rising concern over the Obama administration’s approach to Iran led 47 Republican senators to sign on to a letter addressed to the Iranian government, letting that government know that any agreement with Obama that doesn’t go through the Senate’s ratification process for treaties is an agreement that has no legs and can be dismissed by the next president.

Tom CottonThe letter is no more than a simple statement of fact. They could have sent a copy of our Constitution to Iran and the same point would have been made. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas was the principal senator behind the letter, and now he is being roundly attacked for “interfering” with the executive’s authority to negotiate with another nation.

One of the more delusional responses to this letter is to drag out the Logan Act, written just before the turn of the nineteenth century after a private citizen, George Logan, went to France and tried to work out some arrangement with the French government after the XYZ Affair. Some have called the senators who signed this letter “traitors,” and a petition to prosecute these senators, based on the Logan Act, has received more than 100,000 signatures.

How silly. The senators are not private citizens interfering with government negotiations; they are duly elected representatives of the people/states who have an obligation to ensure that the Constitution is followed. My only caveat with their action is that perhaps the letter should have been addressed to President Obama himself instead of to the Iranian government. But the letter only states the truth of how our government is supposed to operate. The Obama administration, however, chiefly through Secretary of State John Kerry, is trying to go it alone, hoping to circumvent the Senate entirely.

Nuclear Clubhouse

John KerryKerry, testifying before Congress yesterday, walked back earlier statements about making sure Congress approves any agreement that arises out of these negotiations. Keep in mind that all treaties with foreign governments must be ratified by a 2/3 vote in the Senate. To avoid that, Obama and Kerry are saying this is not a treaty, but merely a “non-binding” agreement with the executive branch.

Think about that for a moment. If this so-called agreement is “non-binding,” of what value is it? Does anyone with even half a brain believe that Iran will abide by a “non-binding” piece of paper? In a sane world, that would be branded as ludicrous. It comes down to this: Obama and Kerry think they can trust Iran’s leaders to keep their word, but they cannot trust the Congress.

Dangerous Lunatics

We are in a dangerous world situation with Iran as the primary instigator of the danger. Yet we are willing to trust that government over our own elected representatives?

Little League

That kind of thinking—if it can be called that at all—will ultimately lead us to disaster.