Sunday, August 22, 2010

Obama appoints Cuban spy's girlfriend

President Barack Obama on Thursday appointed as ambassador to El Salvador a lawyer whose nomination to the post had been blocked in the Senate because of questions about her links to Cuban diplomats.

Obama used a congressional recess appointment, which allows him to sidestep the Senate confirmation process, to make Mari Carmen Aponte ambassador to the Central American nation.

. . . The Puerto Rico-born Aponte, 63, has acknowledged that she and a former boyfriend, Cuban-born Roberto Tamayo, attended some events with Cuban diplomats in the early 1990s but said they were purely social occasions. Florentino Aspillaga, a Havana intelligence defector, alleged in 1993 that Cuba's intelligence services were trying to use Tamayo to recruit Aponte. FBI agents have publicly confirmed Tamayo was passing them information on his contacts with the Cuban diplomats.

The U.S.A. has a population of over 300 million.

It would seem that Obama could have found one of those 300 million Americans without any connection whatsoever to Cuban spies and hostile Cuban diplomats for this job.

But, Obama didn't.

Next, Obama and his supporters will wonder why the unfounded "foreign born", "Muslim" and "un-American" rumors persist.

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