Tuesday, July 28

I Was Wondering About the News Ticker in Havana...

It was only last week that I was wondering if Obama and Clinton were going to turn off the news ticker that the US 'Embassy' was operating in Havana, Cuba given how pissed off the Cuban Government was over it and given how our current President is so eager to start all relationships with our adversaries anew.

DrudgeReport this morning has a link to the answer:
HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States has turned off a news ticker at its diplomatic mission in Havana that long had irritated the Cuban government, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, in another sign of efforts to improve relations with Cuba.

The five-foot-high (1.5-meter) news ticker ran across 25 windows on the outside of the fifth floor of the U.S. diplomatic mission's building on Havana's busy seaside Malecon drive. It streamed news, political statements and messages blaming Cuba's problems on the country's communist system and socialist economy.

The ticker infuriated Cuban President Fidel Castro when it was turned on by former U.S. President George W. Bush's administration in 2006. President Raul Castro took over from ailing elder brother Fidel last year. - Reuters
Obama could have changed the type of messages that were displayed as a way of reaching out to the Cuban Government, but no. He had to turn the sign off. The Obama Administration claims that they want to bring back America's respectability in the World. Well this is a funny way to do it given that one reason America was and is so respected is because of the way that it fights for the oppressed around the world. Actions like this only tell those looking to America for help to go look elsewhere.

And not for anything, but perhaps the President should stop for a second and think whether or not we want to get the respect of the likes of Iran, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, etc..... After all, there is a difference in the type of respect that is related to the good that you do and the respect that they seem to be trying to get by being a 'tool' and useful idiot.
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