Protests at White House Rightfully Demand Biden Act Against Cuba’s Socialist Dictatorship

Screenshot from María Elvira Salazar

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 Cuba’s socialist dictatorship and support anti-regime demonstrators on the island.  This was followed by an even larger demonstration, reported here, in front of the Cuban Embassy on Monday.

While these DC protests receive far less media coverage than BLM or other protests and marches in the past year, they are significant.

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

Sadly, Biden’s team has also deflected from the Cuban protesters’ cries for freedom, to falsely try to paint them as about food or vaccines. And that is angering Cuban Americans even more.

Maria Elvira Salazar, a freshman 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, destroying a once prospering nation. Well over two million Cubans have fled the island for the United States. This number includes my parents, and other family members, 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’ to fly 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. ADN

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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deedee
deedee
1 month ago

Number one why would Joe help Cuba when he wants the same fate for the United States?
Two he already said they can’t come here a refugees but everybody else and their brother he lets in!
Three it doesn’t matter about the Cuban American vote they will have to cheat again to win anyway!!

joe
joe
1 month ago

Sleepy Joe Biden doesn”t have the testicular fortitude to act!

Empty suit Obama did nothing also, during the Iranian Green Revolution!

joe
joe
1 month ago

Sleepy Joe Biden doesn”t have the testicular fortitude to act!

Empty suit Obama did nothing also, during the Iranian Green Revolution in 2009!

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
1 month ago

Well good luck with that.

cozycalico
cozycalico
1 month ago

Biden doesn’t care about anyone but himself. He is so unqualified for the position he holds. He can’t speak a whole sentence without mixing things up. He is a disgrace to our country and has been for a long time.

Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

But he WON’T help the Cubans. Oh no. Why should he? They hate Communism and will vote against him and his DemonCrat toadies. He much prefers Central Americans, who are much more likely to turn sheeple and vote for the Party that gives them free citizenship, a free ride and free STUFF.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

These people are demonstrating at the wrong office. Our current Imbecile-in-Chief doesn’t have the mental acuity to fix the problem and certainly has no answers for demonstrators. His role is to issue executive orders and intimidate enemies of those harvesting colossal international profits.

These demonstrations are reminiscent of colossal numbers who fled the ’53-’59 runup to Fidel Castro’s coup. I served in the military with some of the children of refugee families. In spite of growing up under a despotic criminal, they retained a powerful respect for America’s constitutional republic form of government.

I’m hopeful that a Cuban majority will overthrow the current communist government and install a system that has a chance of long term success. Our local communists undoubtedly are working hard to prevent such an event and the flow of cash to them continues.

Ginny Rocco
Ginny Rocco
1 month ago

Cuba has been under communism for ever. Let the people there take care of there own problems. The US has enough problems of there own (dementia Joe) and head board Harris ( sleeps with boss to get ahead).


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