Flake's Cuba Policy Gets Some Arizona Heat

Monday, April 18, 2011
It seems Arizona conservatives are (fortunately) not too fond of Jeff Flake's Cuba policy views.

From Seeing Red Arizona via The Tuscon Citizen:

Jeff Flake would be term-limited in his beloved Cuba

Candidate Flake now switches effort to pull plug on Radio and TV Marti

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake has long been a proponent of lifting sanctions and normalizing relations with Communist Cuba where the Castro regime has held the reins of an oppressive dictatorship for 52 years. Now, in a fascinating move, Raul Castro, who took over control from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, has proposed term limits for Cuban politicians.

Castro, speaking to delegates at the Communist Party summit said he would launch a "systematic rejuvenation" of the government. He said politicians and other officials should be restricted to two, five-year terms, including "the current president of the Council of State and his ministers" — a reference to himself.

Under the new proposals, Jeff Flake would not be able to run in his favorite Communist regime. Flake broke his solemn 2000 pledge to limit himself to three 2-year terms — later calling his vow to constituents "a mistake."

Unlike Flake, Mauricio Claver-Carone, a lawyer and executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, is a prominent supporter of the policy positions the United States has taken against the current Cuban government. He says, "Sanctions are an important tool of leverage for democratic change, particularly in a post-Castro era. In the interim, sanctions have the effect of denying funds to the Cuban regime's repressive apparatus, which it would otherwise use to exert further economic and political control over the Cuban people."

In analyzing the November 2010 Congressional elections he notes that Cuban-American voters continue to overwhelmingly support candidates who are committed to maintaining trade and travel sanctions against the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. Check out his Do's and Don'ts of U.S. Policy Towards Cuba — paying particular attention to Number 9.

This Florida Cuban-American Voters Survey also supports sanctions and keeping the Cuban regime on the U.S. government's list of state-sponsors of terrorism.

Prior to announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Jeff Flake had attempted to eliminate Radio and TV Marti which the Communist regime tries to jam and censor. Marti sends unfiltered news to the Cuban people, where media are controlled and highly censored by the authorities. Four days later, as a newly announced candidate, the duplicitous Flake withdrew his opposition.

Like his aisle crossing mentor, John McCain who forged relationships with Kennedy, Feingold and Lieberman — Flake partners with the likes of Illinois radical Luis Gutierrez, and in this case, "hard-core liberal" Congressman Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts. Together he and Delahunt worked to alter Cuba policy and teamed in "applauding the Obama Administration's" efforts to lift restrictions on Cuban-American travel and remittances.

The left-leaning Arizona Republic, which previously extolled Flake, has now expressed its disappointment in his campaign related position switcheroos, which they termed "Jarring." Flake is now a mere "politician" — no longer a "statesman," they moan.

Many of us have known that all along.