Obama Piles on His Awful Legacy With First Ambassador Appointed to Cuba in 55 Years
President Barack Obama just keeps the doosies coming during his lame duck months. Obama keeps trying to increase the size of his awful legacy with late-term appointments and decrees.
The latest of those is the naming of an official ambassador to the island of Cuba, something that the U.S. hasn't had for 55 years.
While that might seem like a long time--and thus high time for an ambassador to be appointed--the truth is that there's a reason we haven't had relations with the Communist country for so long.
Cuba is home to one of the worst dictatorships in the world. More civil rights abuses and wrongdoings have been carried out on that Communist island than in many countries combined.
Obama, however, ignored that terrible past and rewarded Cuba by promoting Jeffrey DeLaurentis from chief diplomat to Cuba to ambassador. DeLaurentis has been working with Cuba for years, and is a logical choice in that regard, but the fact remains that Cuba's government will only see this as caving in to their demands and a reward for bad behavior.
"The appointment of an ambassador is a common-sense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries," wrote Obama in a statement. But he doesn't mention any of the severe changes which will have to occur for anything to actually come out of the relationship besides an increase in tourism dollars for Cuba.
Thankfully the U.S. Senate must confirm the ambassador appointment and there are two well-known Republican senators who are very much against the appointment. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are both Cuban-Americans. They have a vested interest in the status of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.
And they're both firmly against the appointment of an official ambassador.
"President Obama's appeasement of the region's only totalitarian regime has been a complete disaster," said Rubio in a statement.
We couldn't agree more. Let's hope the Senate continues to say no to Obama's late-term legacy moves.
h/t: USA Today