Do you still really not believe that Barack Obama thinks and acts as if he is some kind of banana-republic dictator?
Just a couple of weeks ago, Obama told the nation that he would unilaterally change our immigration laws, precedent be damned. Now, acting on the advice of a REAL third-world dictator, he is moving to change our legal relationship with a nation that we've not had normal relations with in some 60 years. Against the advice of Congress (which would never give the President the go-ahead to normalize relations with Cuba) and with pressure from Raul Castro, the President is swapping prisoners with Cuba and reestablishing relations with them.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 17, 2014
Not just Alan Gross: 1 yet to be named U.S. intelligence agent and 53 Cuban political prisoners also being released.
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) December 17, 2014
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stood up and took the lead on condemning the White House for their decision to normalize relations with Cuba.
"It's absurd and it's part of a long record of coddling dictators and tyrants that this administration has established." --- Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Rubio later added in a written statement that, "Appeasing the Castro brothers will only cause other tyrants from Caracas to Tehran to Pyongyang to see that they can take advantage of President Obama's naiveté during his final two years in office. As a result, America will be less safe as a result of the President's change in policy. When America is unwilling to advocate for individual liberty and freedom of political expression 90 miles from our shores, it represents a terrible setback for the hopes of all oppressed people around the globe."
It wasn't just Republicans speaking out against the move; the Cuban-American Democrats in Congress roundly attacked the White House too. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke for them when he said,
"President Obama's actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government. There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation. One spy was also convicted of conspiracy to murder for his role in the 1996 tragedy in which the Cuban military shot down two U.S. civilian planes, killing several American citizens. My heart goes out to the American families that lost love ones on that fateful day. Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today's actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms."