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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus Shmoozes With Cuban Dictators While Chastising America

U.S. Lawmakers Meet With Castros,

Push for New Policy on Cuba Three lawmakers who are members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba this week to encourage greater dialogue between the U.S. and the communist nation. By Chad Pergram
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro was "very engaging, very energetic," U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, said following a congressional delegation's meeting with the ailing revolutionary.

The delegation that traveled to Cuba featured six members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., and they returned to Washington late Tuesday afternoon and urged the United States government to begin steps to alter its relationship with Cuba.

"For the past 50 years, the United States has been swimming in the Caribbean Sea of delusion," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who described the United States as "the isolated nation" compared to European countries which have diplomatic ties with Havana.

"This is the dawning of a new day," Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., declared. "Fifty years of foolishness is over. It's time for the children to sit in the corner and the adults to take over."

Rush was one of three members of the delegation to meet with Fidel Castro. A meeting with his brother, Cuban leader Raul Castro, took place Monday.

Tuesday afternoon, the Cuban government released a statement that it indicated was Fidel Castro's assessment of a session he had with the lawmakers. In the statement, Castro said that one of the Members of Congress told him that the United States should "apologize" to Cuba. And another lawmaker told the former leader that despite the victory by President Obama, U.S. society is still "racist."

All members of the delegation denied that those two exchanges took place during their time with Fidel Castro.

The lawmakers encouraged the U.S. to launch a dialogue with Cuba and relieve trade and modify a 47-year-old American trade embargo against the island nation.

"You can't not talk to people and expect to get a desirable result," said Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., who added that the embargo "was not effective."

Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., was one of three lawmakers who requested and met with Fidel Castro. She described him as alert and said the former Cuban dictator "looked directly into our eyes, quite aware of what was happening. He said to us, 'how can we help President Obama?'"

Rush indicated that it was time for Washington to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist nations. Rush dismissed Cuba as a security threat to the United States. He said that when he was a member of the Black Panthers in the 1960s, former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover warned that his organization as "the number one threat to national security.

"So I know foolhardy approaches and asinine labels when I see them, " said Rush. "American people need to be told the truth and they have been lied to for too long about the threat from Cuba."

Both Rep. Rush, an ordained Baptist minister, and Rep. Cleaver, a Methodist pastor, delivered sermons at churches while in Cuba.

The CBC members conceded there were limited discussions about human rights abuses in Cuba.

"We didn't talk about it much," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. "You don't go into someone's house and insult them."

But Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who led the delegation said that Raul Castro indicated to her that "everything's on the table."

"Two sovereign nations should be able to sit down and talk about their differences, " Lee said.

The U.S. Air Force flew the Congressional Black Caucus delegation directly to Havana and not the American military base at Guantanamo Bay. The Air Force then gave each lawmaker a pin featuring adjoining American and Cuban flags to help identify them as members of the delegation.

FOX News' Mosheh Oinounou contributed to this report.


My Thoughts

This is what Democrats do best: appeasing and cajoling despots. Heaping lavish amounts of praise to a tryrant while they attack their own country.

Is the "Caribbean Sea of delusion" anything like the Atlanitic Ocean of fantasy the Democrats seem to be living in, if they think that Castro and his ilk are going to change just because we say pretty please with sugar on top?

"It's time for the children to sit in the corner and the adults to take over."- Bobby Rush.

This is rich comin from the man who threw a temper tantrum like a 2-year old when Roland Burris wasn't going to be sat as a senator because of his involvment in Blago's scandals.

"I know foolhardy approaches and asinine labels when I see them."-Bobby Rush

Ha! Again, this is ridiculous coming from the man who throws around the "race card" like a weapon in order to get what he wants. To most people his antics are both foolhardy and asinine.

Why must we always be labeled as "racist"? Yes, we have racism in our past, but we've come a long way. As a whole, this country is not as racist as those that hurl those claims at us. We don't need to apologize to Castro for anything. I'm still waiting for the apology from him regarding his role in the Cuban Missle Crisis.

We probably should take Cuba off the terrorist list, if they aren't aiding terrorists. I would agree to giving more availability to Americans that have family in Cuba to visit their families. However, the trade embargo should stay in place.

I wish Democrats spent half the effort on making the British and other allied leaders happy than they do people that hate us.

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