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 …

Former US Counter Intel Agent: Why the U.S. should be wary of Cuba

Cuba should have never been removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list. Yleem and I penned more than one item about it before it happened, including one on January 2015 at National Review and an op-ed, a few weeks later, in the Wall Street Journal. While we both believed after December 17, 2014 that the administration would whitewash the …

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 …

Next Phase of the US-Cuba Faustian Bargain Goes Unchecked by Congress

A small Caribbean country with a population comparable to that of Ohio (Ohio has a GDP close to half a trillion), Communist Cuba (GDP, maybe, according to World Bank data, $67 billion) continues to generate a disproportionate amount of media attention, some of it bordering on political voyeurism. The serious issues, the ones that matter or should, are …

Americans Murdered By Terrorists, Do Not Matter

Americans murdered by a terrorist state, do not matter. The families of Americans seeking justice for murders by terror state, again, do not matter.That is the message that President Obama and his national security team telegraphed to the world yesterday when it recommended removing Cuba from its well-earned place on the state sponsors of terror …

Former US Pacific Fleet Commander: We Could’ve Taken Out Khomeini At the Knees, More

Frank talk has become a rare commodity in this town. Most of the time one is subjected to a lot of ‘happy talk’. This goes for politicos, government officials, as well as think tank types. So when someone says something that goes against the narrative, and is right, one takes notice. Or at least you should. …

Whitewashing and Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism, Part II

UPDATE: Late yesterday evening, 9 Apr, The Hill newspaper reported, State Department Wants Cuba Removed From Terrorist List. Despite evidence to the contrary, the Obama Administration appears to be moving forward with removing Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. According to various senior government sources in town, the announcement is expected today or early …

Venezuelan Regime Keeps Going for Broke, And Will Lose

Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro took out a full page ad in the New York Times to denounce targeted U.S. economic sanctions against seven of his henchmen that have engaged in human rights abuses against political opposition leaders. You can read a little more about the sanctions in a prior post on this site: Targeted …

Snowden Still A Traitor, Now Talks Like a Loser Too

“I would love to go back and face a fair trial, but unfortunately … there is no fair trial available, on offer right now,” Snowden told the Canadian media. Who does this fellow think he is? He’s been in Russia one day too many. He is starting to sound like a RT (Russia Television) correspondent. …

Losers Never Set the Terms of Surrender, But Cuba Is Trying

The Cuban Communist Party is a recalcitrant lot. Cuba is an economic basket case, broke. And it is about to get a lot more in the red. Meanwhile the majority of its population is disheartened and hungry. Castro, Machado-Ventura, Colomé Ibarra, Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, indeed mostly the entire Central Committee, is in denial. The upper echelons of the Communist Party still clings to something …

Ex-Cuban Political Prisoner: ‘I Am a Catholic Without a Pope’

‘I Am a Catholic Without a Pope,’ so said many family, friends, and strangers. Indeed, that oft-repeated phrase that for a practicing Catholic is not easy to say or listen to, became news fodder for the Associated Press and other outlets during the Advent and Christmas holiday. While in South Florida visiting family and friends last week, …

Iran Efforts to Circumvent U.S. Export Control Laws Pay Off, Eventually

Haaretz reported yesterday that the Iranian Air Force had fired up at least one U.S.-made Phantom fighter in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism. According to Haaretz: The Iranian Air Force is bombing Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Iraqi territory. It is an intensification of Iran’s military involvement on the side of the Shia regime …

Encryption Export Controls, More to Come, and Likely Needed

It had been a while since I had seen a administrative fine imposed on a U.S. company for the unlawful of export of encryption technology. According to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security press release posted earlier this week: Wind River Systems of Alameda, Calif., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, has agreed to …

The Staging of Constitutional Crisis

I find it somewhat amusing, and at some level disconcerting, that the President took to, of all things … Facebook … to announce that he is about to force a political conflict with a majority of the American people over the issue of immigration. Facebook shareholders, and amnesty supporter Mort Zuckerberg, must be pleased. The President will smooth …

Two-State Solution, A Cruel Diplomatic Tool

Three Americans were killed by radical Islamists yesterday. The media coverage and official U.S. responses, frankly, has been the equivalent of political tumbleweed. The synagogue attack by axe-wielding Palestinian terrorists, cheered by radical Islamists everywhere (possibly even some right here in the United States), condoned by Hamas, and, of course, ignored by the Left, is yet …

New Book: Blood on His Hands, The True Story of Edward Snowden

There are many issues competing for Congressional attention. This is true just about at any given time. But there are matters that require serious Congressional scrutiny that require Members of Conrgess and staff to, literally, stop what they are doing and focus on the matter hand. The case of Edward Snowden, and those who support …

Secure Freedom Radio: A Republican Congress, A Fresh Beginning

Earlier this week, Yleem Poblete was interviewed on Frank Gaffney’s Secure Freedom Radio about how a Republican-controlled Congress will impact foreign and national security policymaking. Secure Freedom Radio is a project of the Center for Security Policy. Be sure to support them. They’ve done great work for many years. You can listen to Yleem’s interview right here.

GAO: State Department Fails to Produce Reports on Iranian Adventurism in Latin America

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said last week that the Secretary of State needs to give Congress reports on Iranian activities in the Americas. The GAO report, Strategy to Counter Iran in the Western Hemisphere Has Gaps That State Department Should Address, details what appears to be an ongoing struggle between the Congress and Foggy Bottom to have the State …

Cuban Docs Should be Banned from Ebola Fight, Restrict US-Cuba Flights

A nation that can barely keep up with public health emergencies within its own borders must not be allowed to engage in global efforts to contain Ebola. I’m talking about Cuba and the rather odd series of comments from Republican and Democratic leaders in this town praising Cuba’s alleged contribution to combatting Ebola in West Africa. Rather …

Ebola: Private Sector, States Need to Step Up

Your federal government cares about you, so in response to a hemorrhagic fever in the U.S., the President offers up a photo up in the White House situation room and makes many promises that we know the Feds cannot keep. Even more bizarre are few Republican Senators suggesting that the President appoint an Ebola czar. What is …