Cuba is a Terror State, Notwithstanding Presidential Decrees, and Congressional Acquiescence, to the Contrary

The Miami Herald reports this morning that Cuba’s removal from the state sponsors of terror list may prove more symbolic than business friendly. Some of the experts cited in the story have a somewhat myopic way of viewing the impact of delisting and, at a certain level, are completing distorting or misunderstanding current U.S. law and …

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 …

Whitewashing & Policy Laundering Cuban Terrorism

(Update, 21 Feb): After I posted this item yesterday morning, later in the day a colleague in town advised me that the Obama Administration named Bernie Aronson — a former government official who currently heads a private equity investment firm — as U.S. envoy to the Colombia-FARC “peace talks.” Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about this appointment …

Argentine Prosecutor’s Death May Warrant U.S. Economic Sanctions, More

Terrorism in Latin America. Que? Yes, it’s there. It is exists and it is fueled by the likes of Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and many others in the Americas and the Middle East. Yet media pays little, if any, attention to it. Equally bizarre is the curious ambivalence that reeks from pockets of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. If …

Unconditional Release of Alan Gross by Cuba Long Over Due

The New York Times editorial board made what must be one of the most outrageous recommendations on U.S.-Cuba policy that I’ve read in some time: swapping Cuban spies held in U.S. federal prison for Alan Gross, an American being held hostage by the regime on trumped up charges. You can read the New York Times editorial, here. If …

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 …

Ebola Czar Is a Symptom of a Much More Pressing Challenge, Border Security

The President retained a Washington, DC insider, and lobbyist, because his army of advisors failed to coordinate an appropriate response to a potential national public health emergency. This matter goes beyond Ebola, it includes the enterovirus outbreak that started when our borders were breached earlier this year. As the Washington Post points out this morning, …