During his speech today in Havana, President Obama proclaimed, “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”
As Obama claimed he was laying the Cold War to rest (that was done by Ronald Reagan a generation ago), ISIS renewed its war against the West with its attacks in Brussels which thus far has claimed more than 30 lives.
The juxtaposition of Obama speaking with the chaos in Brussels demonstrated just how disconnected he is with the real world. The disconnection was further reinforced with his presence at a MLB exhibition game between the Cuban National Team and the Tampa Bay Rays complete with bromancing Derek Jeter and doing the wave with Raul Castro. I suppose we should be thankful that Havana isn’t abundant with golf courses. But as Larry Thornberry put it today:
Regular walking-around Cuban residents will be no freer, no more prosperous, and no happier after the show goes back home than they were before Air Force One arrived Sunday. Not even if the Cuban team beats the Rays. (Which they might — one thing Cubans do well is baseball, which has been part of the island’s culture for almost as long as it has been on the American mainland.) And they will still be faced with the decision Tuesday night of which of their shoes to eat for dinner. If they’re lucky enough to have shoes, that is.
This trip to Cuba & his legitimization of the Castros speaks a great deal about Obama’s priorities. This is bad enough as an exercise in vanity, but’s even worse when ISIS is actively murdering civilians on American soil and on the soil of our allies & all Obama can say is that ISIS isn’t Islamic. For better or for worse, it’s the sort of thing that makes people turn to Donald Trump.
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