Quote of the Week: Not Enough Has Changed in Cuba

Saturday, July 11, 2015
The Cuban government has signaled very little change in my opinion. Since 2014, the Castro regime has put 9,000 Cubans in prison for 'political crimes.' More than 2,000 of these arrests have come since President Barack Obama’s push to pursue normalization. The Obama administration’s attempt to remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list defies reality. Cuba is known to provide key intelligence to Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah. It has engaged in arms smuggling with North Korea. Cuban military and intelligence agents are also actively involved in deadly repressions against pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela. I went to Cuba with an open mind, and although I believe the people of Cuba want and need the embargo lifted, I returned reaffirmed in my belief that President Obama is misguided in his effort to normalize relations between our countries at this time.
-- U.S. Rep. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-GA), "Cuba: Not enough has changed," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7/7/15