Cuba issues list of demands for normalization with U.S.

Raul Castro83-year-old Raúl Castro, President of Cuba & brother of Fidel

From an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, Jan. 29, 2015:

Soon after President Obama announced plans to normalize relations with Cuba, Sen. Marco Rubio called him the worst negotiator since Jimmy Carter. Cuban officials are now proving Rubio right.

As soon as Obama made his announcement, it became clear he’d pretty much given up the store and gotten nothing in return.

Cuba didn’t have to make any concessions on freedom of speech, democratic elections, a market economy. It didn’t have to turn over U.S. fugitives, including a convicted cop killer, whom it’s been protecting for years.

Indeed, as we noted in this space after Obama’s announcement, Raúl Castro was soon bragging about how he’d struck a deal with Obama “without a single sacrifice of our principles.”

Castro apparently feels no need to do so in the future, either. After the opening round of talks, Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal told the AP that “changes in Cuba aren’t negotiable.”

Now, to add insult to injury, Castro has started issuing his own set of demands.

In a speech at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit in Costa Rica on Wednesday, he said there’d be no normalization of relations unless the U.S. ends the trade embargo, closes the naval base at Guantanamo Bay and takes Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terror.

Oh, and he also wants the U.S. to stop allowing Cubans to stay in this country just because they manage to set foot on American soil. That’s been causing a brain drain from the island, you see.

Castro has even told Obama what to do, saying in his speech the president should “use with resolve his broad executive powers to substantially change the scope of the blockade, even without the Congress’ decision.”

Why shouldn’t Castro be so brazen? Obama has already shown his hand. So Castro knows he can keep upping the bid, assuming — most likely correctly — that Obama will do anything to keep the normalization process from folding.

If this were the only time Obama has miserably failed at the bargaining table, it would be bad enough. But it’s just the latest in an continuing and ominous pattern — from his dealings with Iran, his prisoner exchange with the Taliban, his phony “red line” in Syria, his “reset” with Russia, etc.

Come to think of it, saying Obama is the worst negotiator since Jimmy Carter is actually an insult to Carter.

Update (Feb. 2, 2015):

IBD inexplicably left out another demand: reparations.

The AP reports, Jan. 28, 2015, that Castro also demanded that the United States pay Cuba hundreds of millions of dollars in “just compensation to our people for the human and economic damage that they’ve suffered” caused by the decades-long embargo.

~StMA

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4 responses to “Cuba issues list of demands for normalization with U.S.

  1. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    When Obama announced on Dec. 17, 2014, after 18 months of secret negotiations, that the U.S. would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, he did so without setting any preconditions for normalization, which should make the American people wonder about what exactly was Obama “negotiating.” Not only did the U.S. get nothing in return, except for the release of USAID contractor Alan Gross, now Cuba has drawn up a list of DEMANDS that include the closure of Gitmo. Way to go, Obama!

    That’s why I call him King Merde — the opposite of King Midas — because everything he touches turns into crap.

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  2. Thank you StMA for this important post. What an idiotic job of negotiating!

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  4. It is a curious feature of this administration that it is prepared to negotiate from a position of weakness even when it is dealing with a small island nation, with limited economic potential, and a negligible military, that can offer the United States very little. Havana should be pleading with Washington for a “normalization” of relations! It will benefit economically in measurable fashion. It would allow Cubans to benefit by their access to the educational facilities in the United States. It will allow them to adopt and adapt technological advances that would bring the socialist nation into the twenty-first century. Conversely, it is hard to imagine what advantages the U.S. might expect from a normalization of relations. It is harder still to imagine what justification there might be in submitting to the conditions proposed by the Castro regime in order to allow the U.S. to enjoy normalization.

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