With just a little over a week left before his presidential term ends, President Obama is trying to rush through more unilateral concessions to Cuba’s corrupt and murderously repressive apartheid regime. This has nothing to do with advancing America’s interests or helping the Cuban people but instead is a desperate attempt to make his disastrous and failed Cuba policy as permanent as possible.
The saddest aspect of all this is that if President Obama gets his way on Cuba, both the American people and the Cuban people will pay a heavy price for decades to come. For Obama, however, it would appear that is a very small price to pay for his “legacy.” ¡Gracias, Obama!
Obama Rushes To Sign Pacts With Cuba Before Trump Can Take Office
The Obama administration signed a joint pact with Cuba’s Castro regime on how the two countries will respond to oil spills — one of six such accords President Barack Obama hopes to sign before leaving office.
U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis said the accord with Cuba, signed Monday, was only the first in a series of deals to “protect the shared marine environment” between the two countries, reports Reuters.
President-elect Donald Trump promised to rewind Obama’s normalizing relations with Cuba, winning him the support of Cubans living in Florida who opposed the oppressive Castro regime. Obama plans on entering into five more agreements to make it harder for Trump to undo his legacy.
Environmentalists heralded the deal, which calls for the U.S. and Cuba to “prepare joint disaster plans, test them and train personnel, among other measures,” Reuters reports.
“This agreement is especially important for people living in coastal communities along the northern coast of Cuba and southern Florida because it provides a strong measure of protection against future disasters,” Dan Whittle, head of Cuba projects at the Environmental Defense Fund, told Reuters.
Cuba attempted to drill for oil in Gulf of Mexico in 2012, but its wells came up dry. The Obama administration wants cooperative guidelines between the two countries in case a cross-territory oil spill.
Obama began normalizing relations with Cuba in 2014, despite intense criticism it only rewarded a communist regime responsible for numerous human rights abuses. The president has used executive orders to open up U.S. relations.
Only Congress can fully lift the 1960s-era embargo against Cuba.
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