Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Appeasing Castro

Eight congressional Republicans on Friday alleged the Obama administration is trying to "appease" the Cuban government after the arrest in Havana of a Washington subcontractor, and called for the cancellation of bilateral migration talks now set for Feb. 19.

"We are greatly concerned about the manner in which the administration is handling the arrest of Alan Gross" and its impact on the U.S. government's pro-democracy programs in Cuba, they wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Gross, a Maryland subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has been jailed in Havana since his Dec. 4 arrest after delivering sophisticated communications equipment to Jewish groups on the island.

A U.S. government contractor was arrested in Cuba for distributing cell phones, laptops and Internet cards to non violent civic and religious groups, including Jewish communal organizations. He was doing what the U.S. government pays him to do.

Why isn't Obama raising hell about this?

And, why are only congressional Republicans complaining? Where are the Jewish Democrats from N.Y. and Miami and L.A.?

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