In December, President Obama announced a historic thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba’s 56-year communist dictatorship. As part of this thaw, Cuba’s regime will be formally removed from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism this week.
At the time this move was first announced, we questioned just what it was that the Obama administration was receiving in exchange. There was and is still no evidence that Cuba has agreed to the extradition of the many murderers and terrorists who sought and received refuge in Cuba throughout the Cold War.
Without something to show for it, Obama seemed to be doing an awfully big favor for an unelected regime that has few if any redeeming qualities.
The Cuban regime is more like a national disease than a national government. Its hallmarks are the imprisonment of political dissenters and the suppression of economic and human rights, such as free expression and freedom of religion.