Rubio warns Obama on Cuba: Good luck getting an ambassador confirmed or an embassy funded

posted at 4:41 pm on December 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

Exhibit A in why a guy who’s already far too frisky with executive power was thinking of new ways to get around Congress before the Cuba deal was announced.

This is no idle threat, incidentally. How’s Obama going to get a nominee past Rubio’s Senate subcommittee?

“I anticipate I’ll be the chairman of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee on the Foreign Relations Committee” in the new Congress, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said in a press conference hours after the release of American prisoner Alan Gross from a Cuban prison was announced along with the administration’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba, including opening an embassy there.

“I anticipate we’re going to have a very interesting couple of years discussing how you’re going to get an ambassador nominated and how you’ll get an embassy funded,” Rubio, an ardent opponent of lifting the Cuban embargo, said.

“I intend to use every tool at our disposal in the majority to unravel as many of these changes as possible,” Rubio said…

“This Congress is not going to lift the embargo,” Rubio said.

Watch the clip below, in which Rubio holds nothing back. This issue is in his wheelhouse, not only as a conservative Cuban-American pol from Florida but as a guy who’s looking to distinguish himself as the cream of the hawkish crop in 2016 if he runs for president. Just one question: Er, is the GOP caucus prepared to go along with him? Superhawks like McCain, Graham, Tom Cotton, and Kelly Ayotte will. Ted Cruz might feel obliged, just to make sure there’s no one in the field next year that’s to his right on any issue that the base is paying attention to. What about the rest? Jeff Flake co-wrote an op-ed with Pat Leahy earlier this year urging Obama to normalize relations with Castro’s Cuba. And various polls show that opposition isn’t the no-brainer for Republicans that it used to be. According to one poll published earlier this year, 52 percent of Republicans support normalization; another poll shows 63 percent support among Floridians and 79 percent support(!) among Floridians of Cuban ancestry specifically. Yet another poll shows 52 percent of Cuban-Americans in Florida support lifting the embargo specifically. And it’s not just voters that Republicans in Congress need to worry about. What about the people who fund their campaigns? The Chamber of Commerce is predictably pleased as punch to see a new market opening up. Will Jeb Bush, who took a harder line on Cuba back when Floridians were taking a hard line themselves, side with his pal Marco or his pals in the Chamber on this one?

Big X factor for Republicans, though: You’re not just swinging behind normalization if you oppose Rubio on this, you’re swinging behind the White House. Obama made this deal, assuredly, because he thought it’d be a feather in his “legacy” cap; supporting the deal means polishing that legacy, and doing so at a moment when the White House has already trampled on separation of powers recently and is threatening to do so again. How many Senate Republicans, especially those up for reelection in 2016, want to explain that vote in a GOP primary? In particular, I’m curious to see how Rand Paul goes on this. There’s an easy compromise position open to him if he wants it — yes, normalization is the way we should go, but yes, Rubio is right that Obama should have extracted a higher price from Castro. And yes, needless to say, it should be up to Congress to lift the embargo, not the president with another rogue action. Stay tuned.

Update: Here’s the answer on Jeb.

USA Today reported Bush, who announced his decision to explore a possible run for the U.S. presidency on Tuesday, opposed negotiating with the communist-led island nation.

“I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relationship,” he told an event in Florida, according to the newspaper.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

No surprise. Jeb can’t cede the anti-Castro crowd to Rubio.

Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 4:46 PM

“I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relationship,” he told an event in Florida, according to the newspaper.

Ya think?

31giddyup on December 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Amnesty, Cuba … what’s next for Obama? Free internet for everyone?

/insert racist joke here, just out of anger and meanness

LashRambo on December 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Republicans are about to lose another issue related to generational shift.
Very similar to the social issues.

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I must say, I always wondered why we had to wage war to stop Communism in Vietnam but not in Cuba.

Akzed on December 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Republicans are about to lose another issue related to generational shift.
Very similar to the social issues.

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Do you have any idea how evil the Cuban regime is?

rob verdi on December 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I suppose you don’t.

rob verdi on December 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Why not normalize relations with North Korea or Iran then?

sentinelrules on December 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Oh, on this issue they re suddenly willing to fight? Defending a 60 year old policy that hasnt worked? These people are insane.

And if Jebbie is against negotiating with a “repressive regime” Im curious what his policies toward China and Saudi Arabia will be.

Red Widow on December 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Why not normalize relations with North Korea or Iran then?

sentinelrules on December 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

We can if we want to.
We deal with communist China where state sanctioned murder(abortion) is practiced.

Surely it can’t get any worse than that?

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

That was an excellent speech…

mnjg on December 17, 2014 at 4:54 PM

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

But Cuba’s government jails homosexuals and has a racist policy toward blacks.

What about social issues and your black sister?

sentinelrules on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Do you have any idea how evil the Cuban regime is?

rob verdi on December 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

It can’t be worse than the Chinese?
What exactly is your point? Don’t we deal with China?

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I was going to spell out all the reasons you’re wrong AND DUMB.

But I know its pissing in the wind, so I’m not bothering to spend the time.

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Good luck to Rubio in getting most of the R party to go along with him.

cat_owner on December 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Republicans are about to lose another issue related to generational shift.
Very similar to the social issues.

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Thank you for your concern about Republicans… Now go f*** yourself…

mnjg on December 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I’d imagine the % who support normalization corresponds closely to those who have no idea why there’s an embargo in the first place.

dforston on December 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

It can’t be worse than the Chinese?
What exactly is your point? Don’t we deal with China?

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Two wrongs do not make it right ya zib…

mnjg on December 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I’m sure the serial rapist Bill Clinton LOVES this news. Now he can diddle his interns with Cubans.

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

A hill to die on?

Exninja on December 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

But Cuba’s government jails homosexuals and has a racist policy toward blacks.

What about social issues and your black sister?

sentinelrules on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The African Queen can do whatever he wants, Rubio. He just DEEMS it so.

I’m sure the serial rapist Bill Clinton LOVES this news. Now he can diddle his interns with Cubans.

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 4:59 PM

And don’t forget Cuba has at times been popular for child sex tourism. Bill and his buddies may be celebrating for more reasons than you think.

LawfulGood on December 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I’ve heard tell Ted Cruz’s father had his teeth smashed in in the Cuban prison system. For being a pastor. Nice folks, these Castro brothers.

Cleombrotus on December 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

It can’t be worse than the Chinese?
What exactly is your point? Don’t we deal with China?

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Why are you so hot to see normalized relations with Cuba?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Oh, on this issue they re suddenly willing to fight? Defending a 60 year old policy that hasnt worked because we’d rather hide under our beds than go kick a fifth-rate dictator off his perch. who is right on our front door and has no allies now?

Red Widow on December 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM

FTFY.

LawfulGood on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Incredible ignorance right there.

dforston on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

You do know that it’s 2014, not 1954, right?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Name one case of an actual white on black documented hate crime in the last 5 years. I’ll wait…

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The sweet, sweet aroma of “blue on blue” is what I’m waiting for, once the next election cycles through in 2016. Obama will become like Stalin did after his death…reduced to a speck on the floor, and swept under the rug.

JetBoy on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Why are you so hot to see normalized relations with Cuba?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

He and other liberals have visions of smoking way more than cigars. If you don’t think Cuba will take advantage of this embargo lifting to start running drugs go generate cash like there’s no tomorrow, you’re kidding yourself.

LawfulGood on December 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I was down on Rubio when he was all in for amnesty.

But he has since recanted his amnesty stand and had seemingly made a semi right turn on his politics.

I’m liking Rubio more these days.

BMF on December 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Why don’t you go live in Cuba? Seriously, you can see the natural conclusion to everything that you expect me to tolerate.

V7_Sport on December 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

“I anticipate I’ll be the chairman of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee on the Foreign Relations Committee” in the new Congress, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said in a press conference hours after the release of American prisoner Alan Gross from a Cuban prison was announced along with the administration’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba, including opening an embassy there.

“I anticipate we’re going to have a very interesting couple of years discussing how you’re going to get an ambassador nominated and how you’ll get an embassy funded,” Rubio, an ardent opponent of lifting the Cuban embargo, said.

“I intend to use every tool at our disposal in the majority to unravel as many of these changes as possible,” Rubio said…

“This Congress is not going to lift the embargo,” Rubio said.

And thus will Obama make something happen via EO *before* Rubio becomes chairman of said committee.

And the Republicans will whine, then move on.

Next!

Midas on December 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Your fellow blacks disagree.

African-Americans: Blacks in Cuba ‘treated with callous disregard’

Why do you hate your black sister?

sentinelrules on December 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Awesome we have a majority what’s Mitch gonna do with it? Immigration? Cuban relations? Obamacare? Which issue is he most passionate about? Oh that’s right….all important….wait for it…COAL! In HIS State. Asshat.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to the country all across the country with these efforts to essentially eliminate coal fired generation,” he said in an Associated Press interview.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_MCCONNELL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-12-17-14-11-05

Psycotte on December 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I’ve heard tell Ted Cruz’s father had his teeth smashed in in the Cuban prison system. For being a pastor. Nice folks, these Castro brothers.

Cleombrotus on December 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Pretty mild when compared to the worst the Castro’s did.

Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Congrats – one of the stupidest things you’ve ever written. Quite an achievement.

Midas on December 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Please note: Obama can work with the murderous, tyrannical Castro Brothers, but not Republicans, who he calls ‘extremists’ and ‘terrorists.’

Only in ObamaWorld are Americans more ‘extreme’ than Communist dictators.

Resist We Much on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Republicans are about to lose another issue related to generational shift.
.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

The generations of Americans who didn’t grow up during the cold war, who don’t understand the inherent evilness of communism are the ones who need to get a clue, not those of us who have been there, done that.

Wendya on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Put a hold on Embassy funding..

And invite another Bengahzi

Yeah, that the plan..

Ned Pepper on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I was down on Rubio when he was all in for amnesty.

But he has since recanted his amnesty stand and had seemingly made a semi right turn on his politics.

I’m liking Rubio more these days.

BMF on December 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, I can see why someone, having seen his track record, would be eager – without any action/evidence on his part – to trust him.

/sarcasticfacepalm

Midas on December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Hey, maybe Cuba is growing some kick butt weed and weedisgood wants to get him some!! Or maybe it’s just stupid. I’ll go with door number 2!

Deano1952 on December 17, 2014 at 5:10 PM

I must say, I always wondered why we had to wage war to stop Communism in Vietnam but not in Cuba.

Akzed on December 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

As I recall, not invading Cuba was part of Kennedy’s deal with the Soviets for the removal of nuclear missiles from Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crises.

Kaffa on December 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

It is MUCH worse and, more importantly, it is part of Castro policy.

‘The authorities in my country have never tolerated that a black person oppose the regime. During the trial, the colour of my skin aggravated the situation. Later when I was mistreated in prison by guards, they always referred to me as being black.’

– Jorge Luis García Pérez, a Cuban human right and democracy activist, who was imprisoned for 17 years

‘There is an unstated threat, blacks in Cuba know that whenever you raise race in Cuba, you go to jail. Therefore the struggle in Cuba is different. There cannot be a civil rights movement. You will have instantly 10,000 black people dead.’

– Carlos Moore, a Black Cuban writer, researcher, and social scientist, dedicated to African and Afroamerican history and culture

Now, It’s Time To Boycott #JimCrowCuba

Resist We Much on December 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Obama has given Rubio an opening. Let’s see what he does.

rubberneck on December 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Fun stuff from the WH factsheet:

Facilitating remittances to Cuba by U.S. persons-

Remittance levels will be raised from $500 to $2,000 per quarter for general donative remittances to Cuban nationals (except to certain officials of the government or the Communist party); and donative remittances for humanitarian projects, support for the Cuban people, and support for the development of private businesses in Cuba will no longer require a specific license.
Remittance forwarders will no longer require a specific license.

Initiating a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism-

The President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch such a review, and provide a report to the President within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism. Cuba was placed on the list in 1982.

The commercial export of certain items that will contribute to the ability of the Cuban people to communicate with people in the United States and the rest of the world will be authorized. This will include the commercial sale of certain consumer communications devices, related software, applications, hardware, and services, and items for the establishment and update of communications-related systems

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/fact-sheet-charting-new-course-cuba

JeremiahJohnson on December 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

FTFY.

LawfulGood on December 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I actually agree with the sentiment and would be fine with that solution too. I dont care much about Cuba either way. But in both cases we would end an embargo policy that has gotten us nowhere.

But neither Jeb not Rubio talk about any of this, theyre just advocating for the ridiculous status quo.

Red Widow on December 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

One time a Cuban asked a black woman to get a jar of peanut butter off of the top shelf.

rogerb on December 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

The generations of Americans who didn’t grow up during the cold war, who don’t understand the inherent evilness of communism are the ones who need to get a clue, not those of us who have been there, done that.

Wendya on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I served during the cold war, and I’ve seen what happens to communist governments that are forced to deal with a capitalist world, such as the USSR and China. Capitalism undermines the foundations of their collectivism, until things change.

Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

USA Today reported Bush, who announced his decision to explore a possible run for the U.S. presidency on Tuesday, opposed negotiating with the communist-led island nation.

“I don’t think we should be negotiating with a repressive regime to make changes in our relationship,” he told an event in Florida, according to the newspaper.

Oh lord, what a milquetoast RINO. “I don’t think…”?

Wow, that surely inspires confidence, Jeb. /sarc

Aizen on December 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I served during the cold war, and I’ve seen what happens to communist governments that are forced to deal with a capitalist world, such as the USSR and China. Capitalism undermines the foundations of their collectivism, until things change.

Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

You do understand, don’t you, that Cuba has been trading freely and entertaining capitalists from around the world for decades?

Resist We Much on December 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

One time a Cuban asked a black woman to get a jar of peanut butter off of the top shelf.

rogerb on December 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Epic! Way to go rogerb!!

Deano1952 on December 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

the Castros and the Obama administration have so much in commie…er, common, that is

Senator Philip Bluster on December 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Let’s see liberals defend castro. Let’s just see it.

rubberneck on December 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

I was down on Rubio when he was all in for amnesty.

But he has since recanted his amnesty stand and had seemingly made a semi right turn on his politics.

I’m liking Rubio more these days.

BMF on December 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Sure, because let’s face it, America just doesn’t care any more when their elected representatives lie right to their faces.

Who cares if they lied out their azzes to get elected and then did a 180, right?

After all, telling the truth just isn’t all that important any more…clearly.

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Rubio supported amnesty after he was elected with Tea Party support. During his campaign he promised that he was against amnesty. This betrayal has forever marked him as a lying SOB.

Personally, I will never believe him again and certainly will never vote for him.

Kaffa on December 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Put a hold on Embassy funding..

And invite another Bengahzi

Yeah, that the plan..

Ned Pepper on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

How would there be “another Bengahzi” if we don’t provide funding for an embasy to exist?

I think you just burned out your one remaining brain cell.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Let’s see liberals defend castro. Let’s just see it.

rubberneck on December 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM

They won’t just defend him, they will EMBRACE him. Leftists in America today (Obama included) have political views nearly identical to the Castro Bros.

Meople on December 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM

JFK must be rolling over in his grave

SDRightWinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Squishy GOP will cave

cmsinaz on December 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM

of course, Eric (Wall street) Bolling is all for this Obama move.

Senator Philip Bluster on December 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

I must say, I always wondered why we had to wage war to stop Communism in Vietnam but not in Cuba.

Akzed on December 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Because LBJ wasn’t president when Castro took over Cuba. He, of course, was the one all hot to get us into Vietnam.

JFK hoped to topple Castro via the poorly-conceived “Bay of Pigs” invasion.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Disappointed in flake :(

cmsinaz on December 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Garsh! I’d think Jeb would support normalization with his positive jolly jolly positive outlook.

Go figure.

Sherman1864 on December 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama should really cement his legacy by retroactively normalizing relations with Hitler.

VorDaj on December 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Yes, whites are responsible for the fact that:

* Over 50% of all murders are committed by black males (about 6% of the population)
* 39% of federal inmates are black
* 72% of all black babies are born to single moms … it’s racist white guys knocking up all those black baby mommas

I have a feeling you were a moron long before you took up pot.

bw222 on December 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Such a dumb policy. We deal with dictators all over the world. Let it go.

cimbri on December 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I listened to the entire press conference, and Rubio acquitted himself very well.

He’s still dead to me.

pehrsson on December 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

This is good news for the GOP…So I am happy. Why?

(1) It will tick off Cuban voters in Florida and just enough of them (at least the old ones) will be motivated to vote Republican in 2016. Now if we can get Obama to continue his anti-Jewish crusade against Israel…Say hello Republican President!

(2) Considering how untrustworthy the Castro regime is…it is only a matter time before they pull the football back and Obama ends up on his back. It will be another sure fire black eye for Obama’s foreign policy.

(3) Clinton will now be forced to answer all sort of uncomfortable questions about Cuba. She has shown she is not good at that. I understand her situation however, considering the Obama administration is so inept it won’t matter what she says. She will end up looking stupid in the end…

(4) This will make it easier to invade Cuba at some point. Why? Because the more interactions Americans have with the Castro regime inside Cuba, the more likely we will have incidents and outrages of all kinds.

(5) Plus we get Cigars out of this, and for those American men desperate for a woman…a Cuban female.

(6) Oh yes…Obama once again decided to ignore the constitution which means the image of him acting like a dictator will continue to grow.

This is a win for the GOP…Just oppose him on this and watch Castro and crew do the rest.

William Eaton on December 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Boy, you are one dumb SOB to say that. Time to put down the weed and wait 90 days to clear your brain.

txdoc on December 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Sen. Cruz weighs in, and he sees this move by Obysmal as being consistent with O’s foreign policy that is soft on tyranny.
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2031

onlineanalyst on December 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Also, it is comments like this that show why marijuana should NOT be legal. IQ drops 10-20 points with chronic use. WIG is poster boy for that.

txdoc on December 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

How would there be “another Bengahzi” if we don’t provide funding for an embasy to exist? I think you just burned out your one remaining brain cell. Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Apparently the embassy in Tripoli wasn’t enough.

wolly4321 on December 17, 2014 at 5:56 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

OK, tell me: When was the last time that an African-American was either arrested for being on the ‘white’ beach or escorted off of it?

Resist We Much on December 17, 2014 at 6:01 PM

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.
weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

So can we now (re)normalize marriage after teh gheys embargoed it?

Nutstuyu on December 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Ned Pepper on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Damn, you are so dumb it makes my head hurt just reading your drivel.

Barred on December 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Put a hold on Embassy CIA safehouse to run guns to ISIS through Turkey funding.. And invite another Bengahzi Yeah, that the plan.. Ned Pepper on December 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

FIFY.

wolly4321 on December 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Another tick in the Son of Communist Frank Marshal column.

#birther
#BuckFarack
#Freethetranscripts

Nutstuyu on December 17, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Rubio is giving a great interview on Special Report.

novaculus on December 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Disappointed in flake :( cmsinaz on December 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Agreed.. He’s the biggest C of C hack there is.

wolly4321 on December 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I hate it when Obama does something I agree with.:)

bobs1196 on December 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Rubio lost me with his amnesty misadventure, but I’m suddenly seeing a tactical reason to show him some support.

He’s really taking Obama on and he looks good doing it. I’m sure he’s generating a lot of support, and he has made a point of denying Jeb’s decision to run means he won’t run himself.

If he could do some damage to Bush in Florida it could really change the dynamic going forward. Bush would look much weaker nationally if he was struggling in his home state.

novaculus on December 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.
weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

That’s the Obama administration line. “The embargo has failed.”

“Failed.” Because it hasn’t somehow promoted democracy in Cuba. This is not why the embargo was put in place, to somehow force Castro to do something.

Actually the embargo and the severing of diplomatic relations with Cuba was done because the government of Cuba is an illegitimate government that cannot be recognized as a legitimate government by a free country. The Castro regime stole millions of dollars of property of American citizens as well. Just robbed them.

The embargo and refusal to legitimize the Castro regime as a legitimate government isn’t something that works or doesn’t work.

Kevin R on December 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

So..you learned nothing from the midterms?

HotAirian on December 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I’ve heard tell Ted Cruz’s father had his teeth smashed in in the Cuban prison system. For being a pastor. Nice folks, these Castro brothers.
Cleombrotus on December 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Pretty mild when compared to the worst the Castro’s did.
Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

True that.

And now suddenly there’s an urgent need to normalize relations with these thugs?
I must be missing something.

Cleombrotus on December 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

So he is willing to risk a funding shutdown over Cuba but not over amnesty.

Good to know.

ChrisL on December 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Awright Marco. The passion and fire I feel also about the obummer years and all his eff’ups

jake49 on December 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The treatment of blacks in Cuba can’t be worse than the treatment some African Americans receive at the hands of white racists right here in America.
Spare me the phony outrage and clean your backyard first.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Weed, where do you get this stuff? Have you been asleep since 1950 and just woke up?

Alabama Infidel on December 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The Republicans just helped him fund Obamacare and amnesty.

Why would he need any luck?

Star Bird on December 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Rubio is killin’ it on this issue. He’s showing why both the establishment (post-Crist, of course) and the base were excited about him in the first place. There’s no one who can talk as fluently on this issue as he can.

GOPRanknFile on December 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Republicans are about to lose another issue related to generational shift.
Very similar to the social issues.

America has moved on….The embargo has failed let it go.

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Hiding Cuba’s crimes behind gay rights lies
Mariela Castro Espin’s offensive ‘pinkwashing’

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/hiding-cuba-crimes-behind-gay-rights-lies-article-1.1098015

Government harassment of gays is routine, the magazine reported, and while gays may no longer be herded into concentration camps and worked to death, they are still arrested by police simply for their sexual orientation. “Gays are routinely picked up en masse on the streets, beaten, jailed indefinitely,” Herb Sosa of the Miami-based, Hispanic LGBT organization Unity Coalition told In These Times.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2013/07/cuban-lgbt-dissidents-visiting-miami-dont-believe-mariela-castro-about-gay-rights-on-the-island.html

Some Cuban Americans protested in May when Castro was honored at the gay Equality Forum in Philadelphia, and the year before when she spoke to LGBT activists in San Francisco and at the New York Public Library.

“Everything is fake, it’s false,” Iriepa said of Castro’s portrayal of modern-day Cuba. “The gays still feel repression. When the police come, they say you have to leave here. Mariela sells to the world the same image the Cuban government does. Everything from the outside looks beautiful, but when you go inside, everything is not.”

So the generational shift is to accept beatings and jailings for homosexuals?

itsspideyman on December 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

The embargo is a bargaining chip. We should have forced some concessions on democracy and/or human rights in exchange for easing or lifting it, and it would have been best accomplished in stages to make sure the communists didn’t try a double cross.

As usual, Obama caves in to totalitarian enemies of America. Russia, Iran, Cuba, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Syria.

Whose side is he on? Not ours!

Adjoran on December 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Asked:

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Why are you so hot to see normalized relations with Cuba?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Answered:

And don’t forget Cuba has at times been popular for child sex tourism. Bill and his buddies may be celebrating for more reasons than you think.

LawfulGood on December 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

SDN on December 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

It can’t be worse than the Chinese?
What exactly is your point? Don’t we deal with China?

weedisgood on December 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Oh, yes it can, you poor stupid pathetic, deluded, stoned little peckerwood.

Solaratov on December 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

It’s the official policy of the Obama administration that it wants a U.S. embassy in Havana, but it’s opposed to having an embassy in Jerusalem.

rokemronnie on December 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Good to hear Rubio speak on a real issue. “worst negotiator” is a great way to characterize Obama.

It may turn out that, in fact, he had little to do with it and let the Trailer Park Boys of Canada and the Pope dictate US policy on Cuba, though I can’t see what is in this for Canada – Obama is no friend of Canada and Cuba is hardly a commercial or diplomatic prize for anyone.

What the Pope gains, I have no idea. The fact that he is from down there somewhere is nothing to do with Catholicism. Cuba is a communist island prison, by Castro choice, not through anything the US is doing. Did they agree to support the Catholic church in Cuba? I doubt it.

BTW, wasn’t there supposed to be some congressional consultation on prisoner swaps, or is the Bergdahl disgrace the new model for these deals? And what has the US Army decided on the Bergdahl desertion case? Bueller?

virgo on December 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

It is time to move on. What are we going to do, keep the grudge going another 50 years? Let people have freedom of movement, at least with regards to tourism.

cimbri on December 18, 2014 at 11:10 PM