This was despite the continued, remorseless hatred of the communist leaders towards the U.S..
“The Castro regime has shown no inclination to end its anti-American activities, including espionage,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) told the Free Beacon. “The Castro regime in August and September 2016 deepened ties with Iran through high level visits, and there are reports that Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has established a base in Cuba.”
Cuba’s ties to Iran are strong.
Iran has been pursuing a footprint in Latin America for years and with the cash we sent them, they have the resources to expand and prepare for an eventual attack on the US mainland, which they have often threatened to do.
Wikileaks email 12568 released last year was sent by the State Department to Hillary Clinton, notifying her that Hezbollah has been moving into Cuba since at least 2011.
Iran has opened an embassy in Chile in recent months and its presence has come with an uptick in Hezbollah operations.
Hezbollah, the terror organization funded and directed by Iran, has had assets in the region for some time. They work with the drug cartels.
Iran’s longer-term goal is to establish an intelligence network in the region via various cultural centers and religious establishments that act as a front for Tehran’s spy operation.
Cuba also continues to spy on the U.S. and harbor terrorists dangerous to U.S. national security.
“The director of national intelligence, General James R. Clapper, testified in February 2016 that the Castro dictatorship remained an espionage threat at the level of Iran, behind only China and Russia,” Diaz-Balart added. “Under these circumstances, President Obama’s directive to encourage intelligence sharing with the Castro regime is reckless, dangerous, and contrary to U.S. national security interests.”
Obama’s move presents a significant threat to U.S. national security.
“President Obama’s instruction to DNI Clapper last week to look for ways to cooperate with Cuba on intelligence issues poses an unconscionable threat to the security of the American people,” Victoria Coates, national security adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), told the Free Beacon.
It even helps Vladimir Putin who, as the Democrats often remind us, does not have our best interests at heart.
“The administration tried to bury it under enthusiasm for easing restrictions on the rum and cigars American tourists can buy from Fidel and Raul Castro, but the reality is the Castros are aggressively pursuing a closer relationship with Iran, the mullahs just refinanced Cuba’s debt with the assets they got from the president’s nuclear deal, and Cuba’s close ally, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro, visited Iran this week,” Coates said. “Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is re-establishing Russian intelligence assets in Cuba 90 miles from the United States.”
“What possible confidence can we have that anything we share with the Castros won’t immediately be telegraphed to Tehran and Moscow? This simply makes no sense,” Coates added.
Why would Obama do this? It isn’t Trump who colluded with Russians, but it is Obama who colluded with Russia, Iran, and Cuba.