Good Morning Vietnam

First time in years that I agree with this President on a foreign policy matter – he should’ve lifted the Vietnam arms embargo a while ago. Acting in the U.S. national interest. What a concept … The only way President Obama could conceivably mess up this trip is to “apologize” while visiting Japan or make some other …

Amb Bolton Spot On: Hellfire Missile in Cuba A ‘Grave Breach’ of National Security

When asked a U.S.-Cuba policy question related to a Hellfire missile ending up in Cuba, the State Department spokesman responds with the law. Spinning with law. They’re in trouble. I feel, somewhat, for this fellow. They have given him absolutely nothing to work with. And, I suspect that he knows, this is not going to go …

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 …

Cuba Regime and Obama Administration Play Politics With People to People Travel

One of the many dirty little secrets about traveling to Cuba is that a large chunk of the fees paid to travel charter companies are set aside for the regime. For example, the Cuban regime imposes a very high tax, assessed on the plane ticket at a rate of about $150 per ticket, for just landing …

ABA Ad Hoc Coalition Submits Comments to USG on Proposed Revisions of US Export Control Regulations

The Ad Hoc Coalition for Effective Export Control Reform (“CEECR”) submitted, on August 3, the embedded document to the U.S. Department of Commerce,Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Controls (“DDTC”) in response to proposed revisions to certain definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms …

The Embargo and Encryption Export Controls Will Limit U.S. Exports to Communist Cuba

Data encryption technology is embedded in a wide-range of electronic products such as mobile devices and healthcare technologies. It is also important for a wide-array of services requiring security and privacy such as financial transactions and healthcare. But this is bigger than that and it will soon impact the proposed easing of U.S. sanctions on …