Radio Martí Interview on Cuba Foreign Trade Minister’s Visit to Washington DC

Cuba’s Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca was in Washington, DC this week for meetings with Obama administration officials as well as supporters in Congress. He also spent time with lobbyists and other special interests on K Street such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As I wrote a few days ago, Malmierca is part of …

No End in Sight to the Lawless US-Cuba Regulatory Bender

Another layer of the U.S.-Cuba policy onion has been peeled away exposing more questions about the legality of the Obama administration’s new approach toward the police state. In a recently declassified September 9, 2011 e-mail (embedded at the end of this post) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Sidney Blumenthal, we learn the following: extremely sensitive …

Cuban Regime Officials Engage in Criminal Conspiracy That Endangers Americans, Uses US Immigration Laws to Make it So

When someone breaks the law, they should be punished. And when a foreign government encourages people to do it, that government should be held to account as well.  For decades Cuban regime officials have encouraged Cubans to leave the island for the United States, adjust their status under very generous U.S. immigration laws, and grow …

Congress Knew About Hellfire Missile in Cuba, A Year Ago

For background on this matter, read yesterday’s post. Yesterday I was contacted by several Congressional sources who told me that the Obama administration read in several Members and staff, House and Senate, on the incident. No surprise there. With something as serious as losing a missile to a state sponsor of terrorism, the administration is obligated …

Inert US Hellfire Missile Ends Up in Cuba

How did an inert U.S. Hellfire missile, loaded with high-end technology, travel from Europe to, get this, Cuba? According to an unnamed U.S. government official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, mistakes happen. That is unacceptable. That type of thinking is what led to the terrorist attacks of 09/11. The Wall Street Journal reports: an inert U.S. Hellfire …

Even the Clinton Administration Made an “Effort” to enforce U.S. Law, Cuba Sanctions 

In a recently declassified State Department document secured via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a State Department Congressional briefer offers a small glimpse at early Clinton administration efforts to implement and enforce the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (LIBERTAD or Helms-Burton). Keep in mind that President Bill Clinton signed Helms-Burton in March 1996. This private …

Rogue Regimes Need Containment Not Engagement

During the past few months I’ve given a few talks about the Obama Administration’s policy of engagement with Cuba, the Iran deal of the Western Hemisphere. It lacks vision. It is based on a lie. It is the complete opposite of President Reagan’s peace through strength and, at times, it’s in complete disharmony with the law.  For …