OPEN LETTER TO BARACK OBAMA ON HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY “A PROMISED LAND” Part 81 OBAMA’S APOLOGY TOUR: Cal Thomas noted: Cuban President Raul Castro criticized the United States for what he asserted was America’s violation of human rights. Mr. Castro engaged in a form of moral equivalency when he asserted that the denial of health care and education for all and “equal pay” for women was somehow similar to the jailing of political dissidents…From Raul Castro’s remarks and the president’s partial agreement with him, the signs do not provide cause for optimism…

February 10, 2021

Office of Barack and Michelle Obama
P.O. Box 91000
Washington, DC 20066

Dear President Obama,

I wrote you over 700 letters while you were President and I mailed them to the White House and also published them on my blog http://www.thedailyhatch.org .I received several letters back from your staff and I wanted to thank you for those letters. 

I have been reading your autobiography A PROMISED LAND and I have been enjoying it. 

Let me make a few comments on it, and here is the first quote of yours I want to comment on:

But with that came a corollary lesson: an awareness of what we risked when our actions failed to live up to our image and our ideals, the anger and resentment this could breed, the damage that was done. When I heard Indonesians talk about the hundreds of thousands slaughtered in a coup—widely believed to have CIA backing—that had brought a military dictatorship to power in 1967, or listened to Latin American environmental activists detailing how U.S. companies were befouling their countryside, or commiserated with Indian American or Pakistani American friends as they chronicled the countless times that they’d been pulled aside for “random” searches at airports since 9/11, I felt America’s defenses weakening, saw chinks in the armor that I was sure over time made our country less safe.
     That dual vision, as much as my skin color, distinguished me from previous presidents. For my supporters, it was a defining foreign policy strength, enabling me to amplify America’s influence around the world and anticipate problems that might arise from ill-considered policies. For my detractors, it was evidence of weakness, raising the possibility that I might hesitate to advance American interests because of a lack of conviction, or even divided loyalties. For some of my fellow citizens, it was far worse than that. Having the son of a black African with a Muslim name and socialist ideas ensconced in the White House with the full force of the U.S. government under his command was precisely the thing they wanted to be defended against.

Cal Thomas rightly noted:

Cuban President Raul Castro criticized the United States for what he asserted was America’s violation of human rights. Mr. Castro engaged in a form of moral equivalency when he asserted that the denial of health care and education for all and “equal pay” for women was somehow similar to the jailing of political dissidents. Mr. Castro claimed Cubapays women the same as men. Yes, and it is called equally shared poverty, which is a good definition of the communist form of government and its economic policies...From Raul Castro’s remarks and the president’s partial agreement with him, the signs do not provide cause for optimism.

The ‘apology tour’ comes full circle

In Cuba, Obama once again sides with oppressors against America

 President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he boards Air Force One on his way to Argentina, as he leaves Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Capping his remarkable visit to Cuba, Obama declared an end to the “last remnant of …

By Cal Thomas– – Wednesday, March 23, 2016 

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama traveled to Cairo, Europe and the United Nations to “apologize” for past American actions and attitudes, which he claimed helped create divisions between countries. At a town hall meeting before a mix of French and German citizens in Strasbourg, France, on April 3, 2009, the president said the United States was partially to blame for increased tensions with Europe following the Iraq war: “There have been times where America [has] shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe.

Mitt Romney and other critics quickly dubbed these and similar remarks his “apology tour.”

With the president’s visit to Havana, Cuba, that tour has come full circle. In response to a question about Cuba’s human rights policies during a joint news conference, Cuban President Raul Castro criticized the United States for what he asserted was America’s violation of human rights. Mr. Castro engaged in a form of moral equivalency when he asserted that the denial of health care and education for all and “equal pay” for women was somehow similar to the jailing of political dissidents. Mr. Castro claimed Cubapays women the same as men. Yes, and it is called equally shared poverty, which is a good definition of the communist form of government and its economic policies.

In response to this smear, President Obamasaid, “I personally would not disagree with him.” Score another propaganda victory for communist Cuba.

Responding to a reporter’s question about political prisoners, Mr. Castro seemed to channel “Baghdad Bob,” the spokesman for Saddam Hussein, who claimed U.S. forces were not in Iraq as TV cameras showed them advancing on Baghdad behind him. Mr. Castrodenied Cuba holds political prisoners, but then told another reporter, “Give me a list of the political prisoners and I will release them immediately.”

The reporter didn’t have a list, but several human rights organizations do. Given Cuba’s record of oppression (an estimated 50 human rights advocates were arrested prior to President Obama’s visit and a “women in white” demonstration was broken up by police), the release of anyone from Cuba’s notorious prisons is about as likely as a democratic political system sprouting up in the country to challenge the communist dictatorship.

Mr. Obama promised aid to Cuba, from help in connecting its citizens to the Internet to trade. Business leaders who accompanied the president on the trip are anxious to build hotels and conduct other business in Cuba. The upside of this is that it might produce more openness in a society that has been closed for more than 50 years. The downside is that any prosperity will be used by the Cuban government to underwrite revolutions throughout Latin America; just as giving Iran its frozen assets will most assuredly facilitate the growth of terrorism throughout the world.

While the light of democracy can dispel the darkness of dictatorship, a light can be extinguished if its power source dims. So far, the United States has received nothing in return for the president’s initiative and his claim of a “new beginning” in the U.S.-Cuban relationship.

The “new beginning” Mr. Obama pledged for the Middle East in his Cairo speech has not reversed or even slowed the old turmoil that never seems to end. Will it be different in Cuba? From Raul Castro’s remarks and the president’s partial agreement with him, the signs do not provide cause for optimism.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist. His latest book is “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America” (Zondervan, 2014).

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733 everettehatcher@gmail.com

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