Obama's Cuba Trip Was Just a Family Vacation

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Last Friday, Ann Louise Bardach wrote another piece for Politico, "Backlash in Cuba", which seeks to further the narrative that Fidel Castro is the "hardliner," while Raul is a "reformer" (despite the facts that prove otherwise).

This is the same silly narrative the Obama Administration and its lobbyists use to further their policy in Iran.

Except in both the Cuban and Iranian regimes, there are no "moderates" -- there are only "hardliners" and "very hardliners."

The most ironic part of Bardach's narrative is how Fidel's current backlash against Obama is now considered a "success" of the new policy, while Fidel's previous backlashes were labeled a "failure" of U.S. policy.

But the most concerning assertion was the reason why Obama chose to ignore the "red-line" he'd set that he wouldn't travel to Cuba until there was a noticeable improvement in human rights.

In a December 2015 interview, President Obama stated that he would only travel to Cuba “if, in fact, I with confidence can say that we’re seeing some progress in the liberty and freedom and possibilities of ordinary Cubans.”

Three months later, Obama crossed this "red-line" despite human rights worsening on the island.

So why did Obama cross this "red-line? Surely, due to some geo-strategic rationale, right?

Wrong.

"[A]ccording to sources at both State and the Vice President’s office, [the reason] was that the president and first lady very much wanted a family trip, and the March 20-23 dates coincided with spring break at Sidwell Friends School for daughters Malia, who’s been studying Spanish, and Sasha," writes Bardach.

Once again, Obama's legacy (and taxpayer-funded family vacations) are more important that lives.