On Tuesday, America had a collective red-faced meltdown after President Obama was spotted on camera shaking hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. But the baby steps towards turning America into a communist paradise had already begun.
The Daily Beast's Eli Lake reports the Obama administration has engaged in "midlevel discussions" with Cuba over the last six months. “The Cubans regularly say to people that they are ready for a different relationship,” Dan Restrepo, the former head of Latin America policy on Obama's first term National Security Council, told Lake. Right now that relationship is obviously not going well.
A lot of the attention inside those discussions focused on the release of Alan Gross, a 64-year-old American subcontractor detained in Cuba since 2009 and accused of being a spy. The Cuban government offered Gross's release in exchange for four Cubans convicted of espionage in the U.S. in 2001. The U.S. has so far refused to take that deal.
But, still, Lake thinks the midlevel talks and the handshake seen 'round the world could lead to the infamous "something more." Jon Stewart didn't think the handshake meant much, but what does he know? Let's not forget the nuclear deal with Iran started with a chalice and a telephone call. A handshake in public? Gosh, Cuba and the U.S. are practically dating.
The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. has been fractured for over fifty years. But in April, Beyonce and Jay-Z travelled to the country
for their fifth anniversary a government-approved "educational exchange," setting off a storm of controversy in Congress and the Senate, proving maybe some aren't ready for a step forward. But, wait, April was roughly six months ago. Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati, and friends with Obama, could he secretly be our lead Cuban diplomat, too?
No, not possible. Right?
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