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Biographer: Nothing 'Reaganesque' About Obama's Cuba Move

By    |   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 01:01 PM

Despite some liberals’ proclamations that President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would re-establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba was “Reaganesque,” the two have nothing in common, according to Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, who appeared Thursday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.”
 
“Reagan gave that speech at the height of the Cold War when millions of lives were at stake and land masses and countries were at stake, whereas there's really very, very little at stake here for the United States of America other than what we're giving up as opposed to not getting anything in return,” he said.

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“This is a government that we have to remember is not just a form of communism but lead by a man who actively plotted the assassination of at least one president and for which we haven't even gotten an apology in return. Meanwhile they're getting billions in foreign aid that will be good for corporate America, but I'm not sure what's in it for the American people or the American taxpayer.”

Obama’s announcement is further evidence that “he is the worst negotiator ever … maybe the worst negotiator since President Carter and his failed SALT-II, which he stuck by even after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and offered no suggestions, no changes except for a very weak boycott of the 1980 Olympics being held in Moscow that year.”

Obama revealed Wednesday that the United States had freed three Cuban intelligence agents held in the United States in exchange for a U.S. spy held in Cuba for 20 years and American Alan Gross, who was arrested in Cuba five years ago during a trip with the U.S. Agency for International Development to increase internet access to members of Cuba’s Jewish community.

Obama also said the U.S. would soon open an embassy in Havana and travel restrictions and financial remittances would be eased.

The issue is sure to be a hot button in the 2016 presidential race, Shirley predicted.

“This is a policy that was about principle,” he said. “It wasn't necessarily about bringing down the Castro regime because it's been in power for 50 some odd years. There was a statement of principle and what and who we are as Americans and we need to have that debate inside the Republican Party and inside the tea party and the conservative movement and splayed all over Newsmax and the conservative media.

“The Republicans running need to articulate that, frankly, why this is a mistake and a gigantic mistake by Barack Obama. It's not just a message that sends just to the Castros, it's a message that sends to the world that basically America will give up everything and get nothing in return and that's a debate worthy of having. To his credit, Marco Rubio has drawn a line in the sand and any Republican aspiring for the nomination had better not cross that line.”

Shirley is the author of “Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All”.

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Despite some liberals’ proclamations that President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would re-establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba was “Reaganesque,” the two have nothing in common, according to Reagan biographer Craig Shirley.
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