Raul Castro Should be Indicted, Not Welcomed by U.S. Presidents

Sunday, September 27, 2015
On February 24th, 1996, General Raul Castro gave the order for Cuban MiG fighter jets to literally pulverize defenseless two Cessna planes over international waters.

That attack resulted in the murder of three Americans and a permanent resident of the United States.

A U.S. federal court thereafter indicted the head of the Cuban Air Force, General Rubén Martínez Puente, and two MiG pilots, Lorenzo Alberto Pérez-Pérez and Francisco Pérez-Pérez, for the murder of these Americans. They still have not faced justice.

But it was Raul Castro that gave the order. This is not based on speculation, but on his own admission.

In an audio recording released from a closed-door meeting of Communist Party officials held on June 21, 1996, Raul himself accepted responsibility:

"I made it clear that it [the decision] had to be decentralized if it was going to be effective, and five generals were given the authority."

And just a few months ago, in Politico, U.S. Rep James McGovern (D-MA) unwittingly revealed that Cuban dictator Raul Castro told him he ordered the murder of these Americans:

"'I gave the order. I’m the one responsible,' [Castro] said."

This wasn't the only indictment Raul Castro escaped.

In 1993, a federal indictment listed Raul Castro as part of a conspiracy that smuggled seven and a half tons of cocaine into the United States over a 10-year period. However, at the last minute, a recently inaugurated Clinton Administration got cold-feet and squashed it.

And that's not to mention the innumerable crimes that Raul Castro has committed against the Cuban people over the years.

Yet, Raul Castro arrived in New York City over the weekend for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, and was warmly greeted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton (always looking for a speaking fee) and will (again) meet with President Obama on Tuesday.

And that's not to mention meetings with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and the pro-Castro caucus of the U.S. Congress, led by Senator Patrick Leahy, Reps. Jose Serrano, Barbara Lee, Charlie Rangel, and its newest member, Minnesota's Tom Emmer.

This is not diplomacy. It's disgraceful.