On Saturday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, even tweeted how the arrest of members of The Ladies in White, other democracy activists and even the homeless, was "disappointing business as usual for the Cuban government."
So much for Obama's "what change looks like" in Cuba.
Thus, why would the Obama Administration release a new set of business-related regulations -- that could have been released any other day -- on the day before the Pope's arrival, amid an ongoing wave of political arrests in Cuba?
President Obama (or Ben Rhodes) was surely aware that the media frenzy and sensationalism would serve as a welcome distraction for the Castro regime from its repressive crackdown.
Moreover, in The White House's official readout of Friday's call between President Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro, why isn't there any mention of these human rights abuses and political arrests?
The irresponsible disconnect is mind-boggling.
HR activists, @DamasdBlanco & even homeless reportedly detained before @Pontifex visit; disappointing business as usual for #Cuban govt— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) September 19, 2015