OP-ED: Obama's Cuba visit means the Castros win, democracy loses

OP-ED: Obama's Cuba visit means the Castros win, democracy loses


By:  Sen. Robert Menendez
The Star-Ledger


My mother made the courageous decision to flee a tyrannized Cuba in the 1950s and bring her children to the United States, where I was born. 

And like many Americans, whether of Eastern European ancestry growing up hearing of the oppression of the yoke of totalitarianism, or Irish-Americans well-learned in the poverty, famine and conflict that defined generations, I am well-versed in the ongoing struggles of the Cuban people. 

I will not ascribe to the "Blame America" club for vicious abuses of human rights, systemic exploitation of Cuban labor, unrelenting repression, and stifling censorship.  There is one source of injustice in Cuba: The Castro regime. It is not United States policies and it is not the United States embargo...

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