Just last year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
"[The Castro regime] has been attempting to trade Alan Gross for the five spies that are in prison here in the US, and we've refused to do that because there's no equivalency."
Yet, that -- in fact -- is what the Obama Administration has done today.
Well, that was John Kerry last year but as you know...their ideas change according to whichever way the wind blows...
President Obama has placed democracy in the Western Hemisphere on the chopping bloc.
In his remarks at noon, Obama cited China and Vietnam as examples of why the United States should normalize relations with Cuba.
So what exactly is the model that Obama seeks for Cuba?
Is it the "China model" whereby U.S. business helps to build the most lucrative dictatorship in human history?
A "Vietnam model" of state capitalism under an iron-fisted rule?
"Burma model" whereby reforms achieved through pressure are rolled back as soon as sanctions are lifted?
Raul Castro, Nicolas Maduro and their puppets revel in such models. But none should have a place -- geographically or politically -- in the Western Hemisphere.
In this hemisphere, every nation (except Cuba) made a commitment to representative democracy in 2001.
Today's announcement sends a message to the Western Hemisphere's wanna-be authoritarians that the U.S. now (once again) views such models as acceptable in the Americas.
Globally, it has sent a blueprint to the other nations on the U.S.'s state-sponsors of terrorism list (Iran, Sudan and Syria) of how to have that designation removed -- take an American hostage.
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