Obama Turns Raul Castro From Bankrupt Dictator to Time's 100 Most Influential

Thursday, April 16, 2015
In 2008, when U.S. policy was focused on shining a spotlight on Cuban democracy leaders, Time Magazine recognized blogger Yoani Sanchez as one of its 100 Most Influential People.

Today, thanks to Obama's embrace of Cuban dictator -- General Raul Castro -- democracy leaders have been relegated to second fiddle.

Meanwhile, Obama's policy has catapulted Raul Castro from a bankrupt military dictator in his waning days to being recognized as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015.

Just another example of how backwards Obama's policy is.

It's shameful that Obama has taken us back to a time when a Latin American military dictator can be recognized as one of the world's most influential people.  Talk about setting a bad precedent.

Ironically, Time's description of Castro by author Rachel Kushner begins with a "charming" spin on one of Raul's first hostage-takings:

'You see me as I am now, happy and free,' a long-haired, 27-year-old Raúl Castro told a LIFE journalist in 1958, as the two bumped along mud roads in an open jeep. 'But when I meet the United States consul, I will be very serious indeed.' LIFE was in Cuban rebel territory in the wake of Raúl’s bold kidnapping of 47 Americans, whose release he was about to negotiate in exchange for his own set of demands. The negotiations worked, and the event was a public relations coup for the rebel cause: the charmed 'hostages' heartily embraced their captors as they were let go."

We know Obama doesn't like to acknowledge Cuban history prior to his birth, but a quick study may have prevented him from being manipulated throughout the current process.

Let's not forget, the December 17th Obama-Castro deal began with Raul's taking of another American hostage, development worker Alan Gross.

And just like in 1958, Castro got what he wanted in exchange for his most recent hostage.

Deals coerced through hostage-takings never serve American interests.