Chairman Duncan: New Embassy Appeases Cuban Dictators, Betrays American Principles

Friday, August 14, 2015
In response to the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement:

"Today, Secretary Kerry continues President Obama's global policy of appeasement to dictators with his visit to Cuba. His decision to legitimize the only Communist government in the Western hemisphere by opening a U.S. embassy betrays longstanding U.S. principles. We should be standing in solidarity with those courageous enough to fight for freedom, rather than pacifying the Castro regime yet again. President Obama's numerous concessions to Castro have resulted in little if any positive results for the American or Cuban people. The thousands of American properties stolen by Castro are not even an item on the discussion agenda for this trip.

Moving forward, U.S. diplomats now must notify the Communists of where they want to travel in Cuba, and U.S. diplomatic security depends on local guards provided by the Communists who are notable for their significant counter-intelligence operations against Americans. Cuba ranks among the top ten countries in the world for censorship; arrests and imprisonment of Cuban dissidents continue unabated; and religious freedom remains virtually nonexistent for the Cuban people. In other words, this whole trip is a sham.

I find it reprehensible that under the Obama Administration, the U.S. has retreated from our Founding Fathers' principles, ignored the national security implications of its actions, and ultimately legitimized a Communist government that continues to harbor terrorists and abuse its people."