Crossposted from A Political Season
Did Barbara Lee and the other CBC members express any concern to Castro about these issues? They met with families of the Cuban Five,
Its appropriate for the CBC to take an interest in Cuban policy given the African American and Afro-Cuban connections between the US and Cuba, but to engage in that discussion with not a critical word regarding the governments repression of its own people really makes CBC members appear to be very unthinking and lacking in level headed analysis. Supporting liberalization in Cuban policy without a critical word about this government, a government that they would not want to live under for one second, a government that rules repressively over an entire population of Afro-Cubans whom the CBC is sympathetic too, is a very limp knee jerk, leftist liberal viewpoint. I don't think one could even call it progressive given that it is so lacking in any critique of the Castro government's repressive nature, which is every bit as damaging and harmful to Cuba's people as the US embargo. I listened to Barbara Lee's remarks to the press upon her return from Cuba and at least in the portion I heard, there was not a single reference made to the repression of the Castro government. Bobby Rush, qouted in the LA Times ,who was also part of the delegation, was positively gushing:
"I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him, was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities,"
Are you kidding me? This is as silly sounding as Bush's comment about looking into Putin's soul, a silliness however countered and tempered by the fact that you could never accuse Bush of having an uncritical view of Russia.
The CBC should stop shilling for the Castro regime in this manner. Am I off base here? Does it not strike anyone else that there is something unseemly about the CBC championing a change in relations while ignoring the very repressive nature of Castro's government over an island full of black people?