Thomas Friedman and Raul Castro Agree: Barack Obama Is So Brilliant, He Sees America the Way America’s Enemies Do


This is from Rush

If Obama was alive during World War ll I bet he could see things from Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo and Benito Mussolini‘s view also.



RUSH:  Did you hear what Thomas Friedman said?  Well, before I tell you what Thomas Friedman said, do you remember what Ronald Reagan said when he was asked about policy toward the Soviet Union?  (interruption)  What is going on in there?  Are you mad at somebody, or are you excited at somebody?  Snerdley started pointing and shouting in there and I thought something is going nuts.  He’s screening a call that he likes.  That’s what it was.

Anyway, Ronald Reagan, when discussing policy, foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union, said, “My policy’s very simple:  We win, they lose.”  And that was another one of Reagan’s statements that sent the left into orbit.  They thought it was simplistic, they thought it was naive, they thought it was impossible, and they thought it was ill advisable.  They didn’t like getting rid of the second superpower in the world.  The left thought that two superpowers, us and at the time it was the Soviets, was balancing, that was good. They had no concept of good guys and bad guys, therefore no concept of us as the good guys.  A lone superpower, even if it’s us, that’s not good, that promotes destabilization in the world.  Reagan just laughed at ’em.

Thomas “Loopy” Friedman of the New York Times, back at it again, says that one of the great things — contrast this with Reagan. Reagan on foreign policy with the Soviets, “Very simple:  We win, they lose.”  Thomas “Loopy” Friedman describing Obama’s foreign policy with Iran says that, quote, “[Obama] actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective.”

This is supposed to comfort us.  This lunacy is somehow supposed to tell us that we are being led by a leader and a president many cuts above all of us ordinary plebes.  Obama can see America from Iran’s perspective, and that’s why Obama is so good.  Now, that can only mean one thing.  What is Iran’s perspective of the United States?  I could sum it up in three words:  Death to America!  Death to America!  Death to America!  That’s the Iranian perspective of the United States.  And here comes Thomas Friedman saying Obama’s so brilliant he can see America from Iran’s perspective.

Now, I don’t mean that Obama’s out there shouting, “Death to America.”  What I mean is Thomas “Loopy” Friedman says Obama understands. Obama has this ability to put himself inside the minds and the heads of the ayatollahs, and he understands their perspective on America.  What does that mean?  That Obama understands why we’re hated?  He understands why we are considered to be such a threat?  What does that matter, when you boil it all down?

Does it matter that Barack Obama can see America from Iran’s perspective?  “Yes, Mr. Limbaugh.”  This is the voice of Mr. New Castrati.  “Mr. Limbaugh, it would no doubtedly assist the president with foreign policy and nuclear weapons, a policy that would work, since he understands how the Iranians see us.”  And knows what to do to make sure that we don’t threaten ’em, right?  What caca.

Here’s Thomas Friedman, one of the acknowledged elites — he’ll tell you he’s one of the acknowledged elites inside the New York-Washington corridor, the best and the brightest, smarter than all the rest of us, can see things that the rest of us can’t.  And the nuance that Obama can see America from Iran’s perspective is somehow to supposed to comfort us.  It’s somehow supposed to tell us how special Obama is.  What does it matter?  It doesn’t matter.  The proper perspective would be if Thomas “Loopy” Friedman would write that Obama is able to understand what Iran is all about, rather than preface it or predicate it by saying that Obama’s real great quality is that he can see America from Iran’s perspective.

If he can see it from Iran’s perspective, he can see it from Putin’s, and he can see it from Raul Castro’s, and Raul Castro just over the weekend ripped the United States to shreds again, as you would expect him to do, but he exempted Obama.  Oh, yes, Obama’s had nothing to do with the bad America.  So we know what this means.  Obama, like Iran, like the Castros, he sees America’s flaws, he understands and agrees with the way these are seen.


RUSH:  No, no, I’m just saying I would rather have a president who sees issues from America’s perspective, not Iran’s.  Sorry.  I know I’m an oddball here, but I don’t think it’s any kind of a positive to say that Obama can see America from Iran’s perspective.  That can’t be good.  What in the world could that possibly lead to?  There’s Tom Friedman, New York Times, singing Obama’s praises, he’s so good, he’s so smart, he’s so in touch, he can see America from Iran’s perspective.

So can we.  All we have to do is listen to them: Death to America!  They build IEDs, kill our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We know who they are.  We know they’re state sponsors of terrorism.  We know their best buds are Hezbollah.  We don’t need any brilliant president to see America from their perspective.  We already know what it is.  What would be great would have to have a president who sees issues from America’s perspective.  I can’t believe I even have to point that out.  But I do.



US, Cuba seek to normalize relations after Alan Gross released

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This is from Fox News Politics.

I think that introducing the free market to Cuba will help bring down the Castro Regime.

Look what capitalism did to bring down the Soviet Union people got a taste of freedom and wanted more.

I do not think Obama has what it takes to spread freedom to the world.


Republican lawmakers pushed back strongly Wednesday against President Obama’s decision to enact a series of orders meant to normalize relations with Cuba, with some GOP heavy hitters calling it “another concession to tyranny.”

“These changes will lead to legitimacy for a government that shamelessly continuously abuses human rights but it will not lead to assistance for those whose rights are being abused,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday.

Obama said on Wednesday that the United States will end what he called an “outdated approach” with Cuba, and take steps to normalize diplomatic relations — including opening an embassy in Havana — after American Alan Gross was released from the communist country following five years in prison.

“In the most significant change in our policy in more than 50 years, we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between the two countries,” Obama during an address from the White House.

At the same time Obama addressed the U.S., Cuba’s President Raul Castro addressed his country.

“I ask the U.S. government to remove the obstacles that deteriorate or prohibit the links between our people, the families and citizens of both countries, in particular ones relevant to travel, mailing and telecommunication, and to reach a sustained exchange to show it’s possible to find solutions for many problems.”

Sources say Obama also plans to call on Congress to lift the long-standing embargo on Cuba. Together, the announcements would mark the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in decades and effectively end the half-century freeze in relations between the two countries.

Obama’s announcement was met with immediate condemnations from Republican lawmakers.

“The White House has conceded everything and gained little,” Rubio said. “They gained no commitment on the part of the Cuban regime to freedom of press or freedom of speech, elections. No binding commitment was made to truly open up the Internet. No commitment was made to allowing the establishment of political parties or even to begin the semblance of a transition to a democracy.”

Rubio has said that the administration’s approach will help the Castro government while doing very little to further human rights and democracy in Cuba.

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also criticized the administration’s plan to change the current U.S. relationship with Cuba. McConnell said he defers to Rubio on the matter.

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a joint statement that the move damages American values.

“Unfortunately, we fear the most damaging chapter to America’s national security is still being written. We dread the day President Obama takes to the podium to announce a nuclear deal with the Iranian ayatollahs which does little, if anything, to deter their nuclear ambitions, placing our nation and our closest allies in even deeper peril,” the said in a joint written statement.

Senior administration officials said Obama spoke with Cuban leader Raul Castro for more than 45 minutes on Tuesday, the first substantive presidential-level discussion between the U.S. and Cuba since 1961.

Obama also plans to take several executive actions, including expanding travel and economic ties to the island. According to a White House document, the U.S. government would raise remittance levels and authorize certain travel to Cuba, as well as start of review of Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Obama also has formally directed the State Department to launch talks with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, which were cut in 1961. The embassy in Havana would be opened “in the coming months,” according to the White House.

Officials said the Cuban government was releasing 53 political prisoners. The announcement comes after Gross was freed, as part of an agreement that included the release of three Cubans jailed in the U.S. Gross landed in the U.S. shortly before noon on Wednesday.

A senior Obama administration official told Fox News that Gross left Cuba on a U.S. government plane Wednesday morning, and was “released on humanitarian grounds by the Cuban government at the request of the United States.”

Already, the rapid-fire developments were drawing a mixed response in Congress.

“It’s absurd and it’s part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants,” Rubio told Fox News, claiming the administration is “constantly giving away unilateral concessions … in exchange for nothing.” Rubio called Obama the “worst negotiator” the U.S. has had as president “since at least Jimmy Carter.” He also said Congress would not support lifting the embargo.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who like Rubio is a Cuban-American lawmaker, said this is a moment of “profound relief” for Gross and his family. But he voiced concerns that this constituted a “swap of convicted spies for an innocent American.”

“President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government,” he said in a statement. “Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.”

Other U.S. lawmakers hailed the agreement, and some even joined Gross on the plane ride to the U.S. — Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., were on that flight. U.S. officials said Pope Francis was personally engaged in the process as well and sent separate letters to Obama and Castro this summer urging them to restart relations.

The three Cubans released are part of the so-called Cuban Five — a group of men who were part of the “Wasp Network” sent by Cuba’s then-President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S.

Two of the Cuban Five were previously released after finishing their sentences.

Cuba was also releasing a non-American intelligence “asset” along with Gross, according to a U.S. official. Administration officials claimed that Gross was not technically traded for the three Cubans, and that his release was humanitarian.

Obama administration officials had considered Gross’ imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba, and the surprise deal was quickly making way for rapid changes in U.S. policy.

In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Gross’ detention earlier this month, Obama hinted that his release could lead to a thaw in relations with Cuba.

“The Cuban Government’s release of Alan on humanitarian grounds would remove an impediment to more constructive relations between the United States and Cuba,” Obama said in a statement.

The president has taken some steps to ease U.S. restrictions on Cuba after Raul Castro took over as president in 2010 from his ailing brother. He has sought to ease travel and financial restrictions on Americans with family in Cuba, but had resisted calls to drop the embargo. Obama raised eyebrows when he shook hands with Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last year.

The release Wednesday follows years of desperate appeals by Gross and his family. His wife, Judy Gross, said earlier this year that she feared for his life, saying he might do “something drastic.”

Gross was detained in December 2009 while working to set up Internet access as a subcontractor for the U.S. government’s U.S. Agency for International Development, which does work promoting democracy in the communist country. It was his fifth trip to Cuba to work with Jewish communities on setting up Internet access that bypassed local censorship.

Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine its government, and Gross was tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The surprise prisoner deal has echoes of the deal the U.S. cut earlier this year to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban. In exchange for his release in May, the U.S. turned over five Taliban prisoners held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge Report and Sean Hannity face regulation — like PACs

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

Let us look back through the sands of time to several periods that the media was controlled by tyrants and despots.

One was when Adolph Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels controlled the German Press.

The next ones were Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin in the old Soviet Union.

Then there was Fidel Castro in Cuba now his brother Raul controls the Cuban Press.

Now we have a new Despot wanting to control the Conservative Press his name Barach Hussein Obama.


Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media’s exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of theFederal Election Commission is vowing to fight.

“I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview.

“The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense that some on the left are starting to rethink the breadth of the media exemption and internet communications,” he added.

Noting the success of sites like the Drudge Report, Goodman said that protecting conservative media, especially those on the internet, “matters to me because I see the future going to the democratization of media largely through the internet. They can compete with the big boys now, and I have seen storm clouds that the second you start to regulate them, there is at least the possibility or indeed proclivity for selective enforcement, so we need to keep the media free and the internet free.”

All media has long benefited from an exemption from FEC rules, thereby allowing outlets to pick favorites in elections and promote them without any limits or disclosure requirements like political action committees.

But Goodman cited several examples where the FEC has considered regulating conservative media, including Sean Hannity‘s radio show and Citizens United’s movie division. Those efforts to lift the media exemption died in split votes at the politically evenly divided board, often with Democrats seeking regulation.

Liberals over the years have also pushed for a change in the Federal Communications Commission‘s “fairness doctrine” to cut of conservative voices, and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has delighted Democrats recently with a proposed Constitutional amendment that some say could force the media to stop endorsing candidates or promoting issues.

“The picking and choosing has started to occur,” said Goodman. “There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate” media, added Goodman, a Republican whose chairmanship lasts through December. And if that occurs, he said, “then I am concerned about disparate treatment of conservative media.”

He added, “Truth be told, I want conservative media to have the same exemption as all other media.”

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted

What President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro Have in Common

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Obama and both of the Castro brothers are Communists

of a feather.

They worship at the alter of Stalin, Lenin and Chairman Mao.

Inspire of anything Obama says he wants to be a dictator. 


You may not have seen the article about Communist Cuba leader Raul Castro and the comment he made about entrepreneurship.

Cuba is so bad off economically that the pure Marxist ideological dystopia is a test case for why Communism is inherently self-destructive for those it claims to help but beneficial for its administrators.

But Raul, the free market can only be so free.

President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba’s economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that “those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure.”

Castro has legalized small-scale private business in nearly 200 fields since 2010 but has issued tighter regulations on businesses seen as going too far or competing excessively with state enterprises. In recent months the government has banned the resale of imported hardware and clothes and cracked down on unlicensed private videogame and movie salons.

Obama made these comments about the Netflix production House of Cards. “I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Obama said in remarks he made about the show to a meeting with tech industry CEOs on NSA surveillance. “It’s true. It’s like Kevin Spacey, man this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.”

I suspect Obama would have said something similar about Marlon Brando‘s Don Corleone character from The Godfather. He certainly got a lot done  in the name of better government.

In 2011, President Obama wished out loud that he if didn’t have the built-in restraints placed on him by the Constitution that he would do so.

In fact, like Raul Castro, President Obama has acted like a dictator. He did so on immigration, homosexual rights, pay raises, the environment, mortgages, and the latest retooling of ObamaCare.

Like Raul and the Don, Obama believes he is doing God’s work, therefore, all earthly obstacles need to be eliminated. There is a higher law for a higher purpose.

Entrepreneurship is also under attack in America by way of claims that the rich are the problem so businesses need to be taxed and regulated more.

Raul and Obama should take a lesson from the former Soviet satellite nation of Estonia that’s producing more entrepreneurs per capita than the United States.

It’s being described as “an unlikely land of cutting-edge technology,” that is until government officials start listening to Obama and all his talk about some people having enough money. Killing the goose that lays golden eggs is what envy-driven politicians do.

Don’t misunderstand me. People like the Castros and other leftist leaders make a ton of money. All men are equal; it’s just that some people — them — are more equal than others.


Obama Shakes Raúl Castro’s Hand


This is from The Weekly Standard.

Mandela managed as his last action got all of his fellow

Communists together.

Obama fit in with all of the Communist despots and

was eager to shake their hands.

It looks like Obama bowed slightly to Castro.

At Nelson Mandela‘s memorial service today in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama shook hands with Raúl Castro:

“Castro, he’s shaking hands with Raúl Castro,” said an excited Christiane Amanpour.

“As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raúl Castro from Cuba,” Chris Cuomo explained.

Amanpour says of Mandela, “This is a man, it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together today.”

Why Cuba Is Getting More Repressive

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This is from PJ Media.

The Communist in Cuba do not want any dissent.

They will brutally suppress and silence voices of opposition.

The DemocRats have long Communist supporters and sympathizers.

The DemocRats are in love with all brutal thugs and dictators.


Raúl Castro’s economic reforms are less significant than his crackdown on dissent.


What exactly is happening in Cuba? Every week, it seems, we read stories about economic reforms implemented by the Communist government. Cubans can now legally work as entrepreneurs in more than 180 different occupations, and they are no longer prohibited from selling their homes or motor vehicles, or from traveling abroad (provided they can secure a passport). Meanwhile, the number of state-sector jobs has declined significantly. In addition, Raúl Castro has promised that his current five-year term as Cuban president (which began in late February) will be his last, meaning he will retire in 2018.

Americans are always on the lookout for signs that Cuba is finally changing, and the changes listed above have prompted many journalists, analysts, and political figures to renew their calls for lifting or at least softening the U.S. embargo. After traveling to the island in mid-February as part of an official delegation of federal lawmakers, Democratic senator Pat Leahy of Vermont expressed his hope for a shift in U.S. policy: “There is a growing sense by many in the U.S. who do not have a Cold War attitude that they would like to see a change.”

But the biggest impediment to closer bilateral relations is not “a Cold War attitude” on Capitol Hill, nor is it the American embargo. It is the behavior of the Castro regime. Indeed, we should not let Havana’s timid economic reforms or its new travel policy distract us from the more important story: In its treatment of human-rights activists, pro-democracy dissidents, and pretty much anyone it considers a threat to Communist rule, the Cuban government is becoming more repressive, not less.

For example:

* During the first nine months of 2011, the independent Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRNR) documented some 2,784 “incidents of human-rights abuses,” compared with 2,074 in all of 2010.

* In March 2012, Amnesty International reported that, since 2010, there had been “a steady increase in the number of arbitrary detentions,” with the Castro regime waging “a permanent campaign of harassment and short-term detentions of political opponents.” One of Amnesty’s Cuba researchersaffirmed that “Cuba has seen worsening repression when it comes to human rights.”

* Over the next ten months, between March 2012 and January 2013, the number of political prisoners on the island doubled (from 45 to 90), according to the CCHRNRThose figures only include prisoners jailed on explicitly political charges; the total number of Cuban political prisoners is much larger, since the regime is holding many dissidents on bogus criminal charges.

* In its latest Freedom in the World report, Freedom House says: “The Cuban government oversaw a systematic increase in short-term ‘preventative’ detentions of dissidents in 2012, in addition to harassment, beatings, acts of repudiation, and restrictions on foreign and domestic travel.”

* Overall, notes Miami Herald correspondent Juan Tamayo, Cuba witnessed “a record 6,200 short-term detentions for political motives” last year.

Then there is the story of Oswaldo Payá, a world-famous Cuban dissident and founder of the Varela Project who (along with fellow dissident Harold Cepero) died last July after a highly suspicious car accident. As Wall Street Journal columnist Mary O’Grady has writtenPayá’s daughterRosa María Payá,believes that his car “was intentionally rammed from behind by another car,” and that her father’s death was “a probable murder.” In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Spanish politician Ángel Carromero, who was driving the car carrying Oswaldo Payá, said that they were rammed by a government vehicle whose occupants were “staring at [them] aggressively” before the collision. Carromero also said that, after the crash, he was drugged and threatened by Cuban authorities, who subsequently convicted him of manslaughter. (In December, Carromero was repatriated to Spain, and he has since been paroled.) Florida senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, has urged the United Nations to launch“a thorough independent investigation of the events leading up to Payá’s death.”

The death of Payá and the broader campaign of repression against Cuban activists are troubling enough. But for U.S. officials hoping to abolish or ease sanctions, the elephant in the room is the ongoing detention of USAID contractor Alan Gross, a Maryland resident who has been held in a Cuban prison for more than three years on ridiculous espionage charges. It is hard to argue that Havana either deserves or desires warmer relations with Washington when it continues to hold an American hostage. Gross, who turns 64 in May, has seen his health deteriorate, and has reportedly lost more than 100 pounds since his incarceration.

His only “crime” was to help boost Internet access for Cuba’s tiny Jewish community. But the Castro regime fears greater Internet access because it fears losing its monopoly on information. It fears that Cubans will become more willing to challenge the status quo and demand real reforms. And, indeed, that is exactly what’s been happening. As dissident-blogger Yoani Sánchez told the Post last month, “People are losing their fear, moving from silent to open, from wearing a mask to showing their real face in public.” Havana’s growing concern over political unrest explains the imprisonment of Gross, and the crackdown on the Ladies in White, and the harassment of activists across the island.

Simply put: Cuba is becoming more repressive because the dictatorship is increasingly afraid of a homegrown democracy movement. That would seem to be a much bigger story than a few cosmetic economic reforms designed to keep the regime in power.

Appearing last month on Spanish television, Rosa María Payá said that Raúl’s reforms are mainly a PR stunt, and not a serious attempt to improve human rights. They “are designed to win over international public opinion,” she said. “The conditions Cubans live in has not changed.” If the Castro regime is truly serious about reform and liberalization, Payá added, it will allow a nationwide referendum on democracy — the type of referendum called for by her father’s Varela Project. The government’s refusal to hold such a referendum shows just how little Cuba has actually changed.




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