Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia via Wikimedia Commons

ANALYSIS – As the anti-regime crisis in Cuba intensifies just 90 miles from the United States, Cuban freedom protesters from across the country converged in front of the White House Sunday night peacefully demanding Biden act strongly against the socialist dictatorship and support anti-regime demonstrators in Cuba. While these DC protests receive far less media coverage than BLM or other protests in the past year, they are significant.

Under pressure, after quietly ignoring the initial upheaval in Cuba, the Biden administration belatedly announced its support of the protesters in Cuba and has also leveled some sanctions. Most Cuban Americans, and many throughout the country, and the world, think that is not enough.

Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman GOP Congresswoman from Miami, and my former colleague and co-host on Univision Radio, provided this tweet of the Sunday night protest:

 

The repressive communist dictatorship just miles from Miami has been in power for over six decades. Well over two million Cubans have fled the island for the United States. This number includes my parents, and other family, who escaped in the early 1960s. Many thousands of Cubans have died on boats and rafts attempting to escape from the 1990s till today.

Chaos in Cuba also has the potential to quickly become a nightmare for the U.S. as multiple past American presidents, especially Jimmy Carter, long ago learned. A massive refugee boat or rafter wave could overwhelm South Florida in a matter of days, as the 1980 Mariel Boatlift with 120,000 Cubans fleeing Castro’s ‘Socialist Paradise’ showed.

This is something Team Biden is acutely aware of.

But Biden should also not forget also that Cuban Americans are a key voting bloc in several places, but specifically in the critical swing state of Florida. Many believe that Cuban Americans decided the razor-thin 2000 election in favor of GW Bush due to Clinton’s failed appeasement of the Castro regime, and his harsh actions toward the small Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez.

Then five-year-old Elian had survived a raft in shark-infested waters in 1999 with his mother fleeing to the United States. His mother perished at sea, and in April 2000 President Clinton forced Elian to return to communist Cuba – at gunpoint.

Another earlier embarrassment was Clinton allowing three American citizens, and one resident, from a humanitarian rescue group called ‘Brothers to the Rescue’ flying small light civilian planes near Cuba in 1996 searching for rafters to be murdered by the Cuban Air Force. The attack was later shown to have been in a premeditated aerial ambush ordered by the Castros that brought one Cuban MiG jet fighter dangerously close to, or even into, U.S. airspace.

What do Cuban Americans want from Bide? The Miami Herald reported that the Cuban freedom protesters in DC had different expectations of what “more” from Biden actually meant. Some went as far as suggesting a U.S. military intervention in Cuba.

While that is unlikely, barring a collapse of the regime and chaos that would threaten the U.S., a more realistic option, notes Fox News, should be the U.S.’s ability to circumvent the regime-imposed internet blackouts on the Island so Cubans can communicate inside and outside the island and be informed in real-time of events in their own country.

But stronger sanctions and concrete support for the dissidents and freedom fighters in Cuba are also ‘realistic’ options Biden should consider.

More importantly, Biden should drop any thoughts of lessening the strong Trump policies against the dictatorship, which many believed Biden intended to do. This is absolutely not the time for Democrats to – yet again – save the failed socialist dictatorship in Cuba.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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James Hutchins
James Hutchins
1 month ago

biden is a useless democrat

Mitch
Mitch
1 month ago
Reply to  James Hutchins

Very useful however for whoever is pulling the strings.

Pawn
Pawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

the string puller is soros and his super rich buddies. Biden is a puppet and doesn’t even know what day it is. Anyone who likes biden is a total idiot and racist and always has been like his family is. just for the fact that biden is so mentally impaired that it is obvious to a 3 year old, not to mention his anti-American policies, well soros anti-American policies. Soros has hated america since we beat his beloved nazis. if you pay attention soros and who he supports, these supported peoples are just like nazis, no not in color but in attitude, practices and temperament. you have to understand soros is not just using biden but he is using these really dumb indoctrinated people. Soros owns the media, politicians, school administrators, the alphebet soup of govt agencies, and big tech although some of big tech is part of soros super rich buddies, and big business and they are similar to big tech. This non-thinking people, actually people that have lost all ability to think (ok these people maybe able to think selectively. for example they can solve specific problems but not others. example you maybe able to solve an enginnering problem but when it comes to figuring if someone is crooked, even when this corruption is obvious, in your face corruption. These people are excellent followers. Peer pressure is a ruling factor. Not being able to stand on your own feet. Not being able to see obvious wrongs or even if you thinlk something maybe wrong to stand up against the crowd, no way so in essence they are cowards. You get the picture. Biden is totally a corrupt coward, well also totally mentally incapacitated but even before his incapacitation was a coward. These people are easy to control, hence why the cheating in the vote because they can’t control trump because he isn’t a coward. Trump isn’t perfect but he did seem to be more for the constitution and american people buit I still think both oarties are outting on a big “dog and pony show” at our expense.

Madeleine
Madeleine
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch

CCP

Raya
Raya
1 month ago
Reply to  James Hutchins

Useless? Harmful is not useless.

David Baker
David Baker
1 month ago

ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!! Numb Nuts should be working on America’s Socialist Dictatorship.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

Retard joe isn’t going to do anything against his fellow comrades

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

Socialism – a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. Did you ever heart the Democrats advocate that the stock market be eliminated and the government now owns everything? Since that doesn’t sound like any Democrat, maybe you need a new dictionary, slick.

Captain America
Captain America
1 month ago

Biden cares only for his money.
The obungler and soros are in charge