During hist NPR interview Monday, Barack Obama said he’d act fast to remove Cuba from the list of states sponsoring terrorism when he gets the State Department recommendation.
“As soon as I get a recommendation, I’ll be in a position to act on it,” Obama said.
He undoubtedly, in accordance with the law, plans to assure Congress that Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding six months and that the government has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.
True or not, and most would say not, Barack Obama will swear to it.
Four countries – Iran, Cuba, Syria, Sudan – are listed as state sponsors of terror for providing support for acts of international terrorism.
Obama wants an embassy in Cuba and Iran and he wants free trade and travel between the countries.
He also appears willing to welcome the Third World and Third World ideologies into the United States.
Cuba provides safe haven for the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Both are U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).
Cuba had been added to the list of terrorism sponsors in 1982 when it was aiding Marxist insurgencies. Since then the country has been aiding a peace process with Colombia’s left-wing FARC guerrillas while also giving the terrorists safe haven.
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia—Ejército del Pueblo, FARC–EP and FARC) is a violent Communist guerrilla group in Columbia. About 30% of their members are children who are forced to join.
Hugo Chavez of Venezuela recognized them as a proper army before he died.
FARC are in peace talks with the Columbian government in Havana but they continually fail to meet interim deals and ceasefires.
Cuba’s government is believed to continue close ties to FARC and is believed to still be supportive of Marxist revolutions in Latin America.
According to Country Reports on Terrorism 2010: August 18, 2011:
“ Designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1982, the Government of Cuba maintained a public stance against terrorism and terrorist financing in 2010, but there was no evidence that it had severed ties with elements from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and recent media reports indicate some current and former members of the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) continue to reside in Cuba…”
The State Department 2013 report on terrorism stated:
“The Cuban government continued to harbor fugitives wanted in the United States. The Cuban government also provided support such as housing, food ration books, and medical care for these individuals.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Cuban President Raul Castro
Cuba supports terrorism and violent repression in Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, and Russia with whom they have close ties.
In July of 2013, Havana was found to have violated UNSC arms trafficking resolutions 1718, 1874, and 2094. Panamanian authorities seized a North Korean freighter for attempting to transport missiles and fighter planes through the Panama Canal concealed under sacks of sugar.
Cuba harbors a closely-guarded Iranian installation on the island.
Terrorists, murderers, and other violent criminals from the U.S. are protected and supported by the Communist regime. Among them is murderess Joanne Chesimard – aka Assata Shakur – she is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list for executing a New Jersey State Police trooper. In the past, Cuba refused to exchange her for The Cuban Five (spies) so she could be brought to justice in the United States.
In April 2014, the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism changed in tone. It insinuated that the only role the Castro regime had with FARC was facilitating travel for the Colombia-FARC “peace talks”. It claimed that the ETA presence in Cuba is diminished.
Cuba is gradually getting a makeover to feed the narrative Barack Obama will use to legitimize them.
Cuba is currently facilitating illegal immigration into the United States.
Spying on America is another Castro-government pastime. The notorious Ana Belen Montes is one who used her position at the Defense Intelligence Agency to give Cuba military contingency plans, profiles of U.S. officials and details of our intelligence gathering.
The Cuban Five, also known as the Miami Five (Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González) were Cuban intelligence officers who were in the United States to kill, commit espionage, and act as agents for Cuba. They were released from U.S. prisons between 2011 and 2014.
In June, 2013, Senator Marco Rubio said, “The Castro regime sponsors terrorism abroad and against their own people, and removing a country from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism requires evidence of reform,” Rubio said. “We have not seen such evidence in Cuba.”
Cuba’s government has not changed and they are violators of human rights. The only thing that’s changed is our president who warms to communists and fascists but is indifferent to or repulsed by our allies.