Obama's Cuba Policy: Celebrity Distractions, Security Detraction

Monday, June 27, 2016
On Friday, a bipartisan delegation of House Homeland Security lawmakers were denied visas to travel to Cuba to inspect the safety and security of Cuban airports.

What was the reaction of the State Department?

To distract by announcing Shaquille O'Neal as a U.S. Department of State "Sports Envoy to Cuba."

On Sunday, the headquarters of Cuba's Ladies in White was violently assaulted by the Castro regime, which sought to steal their belongings and arrested dozens to prevent them from attending Mass.

What does the State Department do?

Distract by simultaneously holding a basketball clinic scheduled with the Castro regime, swarmed by the island's state and foreign media, featuring Shaq.

As regards the latter, it's no secret that Obama has relegated the well-being of Cuba's courageous democracy leaders to his frivolous legacy.

But Obama is now also sacrificing America's security interests.

In case you haven't been paying attention over the last few months (or been successfully distracted by Obama's celebrity circus), here's a timeline of events:

-- Amid Obama's political expansion of direct commercial flights to and from Cuba, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials privately express concerns to House Homeland Security lawmakers regarding the security and infrastructure of Cuba's airports.

-- The House Homeland Security Committee schedules a hearing to analyze these concerns, but is stonewalled by The White House. (See here for more.)

-- Under threat of subpoena, one relevant TSA official publicly testifies to the House Homeland Committee, but won't discuss specifics.

-- The Associated Press travels to Cuba's airports with U.S. airline officials and highlights various security and infrastructure concerns. (See here for more.)

-- A bipartisan delegation of House Homeland Security lawmakers are denied visas to Cuba to independently investigate these concerns.

-- The State Department sends Shaq to distract.

Sadly, this is no laughing matter.