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Arthur Browne: Obama thinks
America could ‘learn a few things'
about human rights from Cuba

A.F. Branco 2016

Dreams From My Father: Obama in Cuba may help the Castro Brothers,
but what about the human rights and freedoms of the every day Cuban Citizen?


President Barack Obama has made history, whether you and I like it or not, with his presidential visit to Cuba. He's shaken hands, shown off the might of Air Force One, and spoken with Cuba's current leader Raul Castro.

However, amid all of his speeches and glad-handing, President Obama neglected to call out Cuba for the human rights atrocities that have been committed in that Communist country.

In fact it's even worse than neglect.

President Obama, in a recent speech about his visit, said that the United States and Cuba should be beyond the things that have happened in the past.

“What I have said to President Castro, is that we are moving forward and not looking backwards,” Obama told reporters.

But he went on to say something even more damning.

“The goal of the human rights dialogue is not for the United States to dictate to Cuba how to govern themselves. Hopefully, we can learn from each other,” Obama said.

Learn from each other, Mr. President? Hopefully?

Do you really want to take lessons from one of the strictest and least-forgiving regimes that have ever existed in the history of mankind? Do you think that they can teach us, the United States of America, about human rights?

Newsflash, Barack. The United States is the strongest proponent and source of freedom and human rights in the world. There are other countries that can claim to be close, but none have the freedoms and the privileges that exist in this country.

For us to learn from Cuba would be like a space-age civilization returning to the cro-magnon for hygiene tips.

While there are various arguments for opening diplomatic relations with Cuba, some of them good, the real point at issue here is the fact that President Obama isn't even confident enough to recognize that the United States is better at human rights than Cuba. He's not man enough to say it.

If he's not man enough to call out Cuba, why is he in charge of this country?


Arthur Browne, New York Daily News Editorial Page Editor, author One Righteous Man, a biography of New York's first African American police officer. Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views.

Editor's Note: This commentary was originally published by US Herald, on March 24, 2016. Petroleumworld reprint this article in the interest of our readers.

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