After trading five Taliban commanders for deserter Bowe Bergdahl and transferring four of five Yemini terrorist detainees two weeks ago to neighboring Oman despite ongoing unrest in their home country, it appears the next goal of the Obama’s executive actions regarding Cuba may be to hasten closure of Gitmo.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba (Wikipedia)
Barack Obama’s new buddy, communist dictator Raul Castro, now demands return of the Guantanamo Base.
The Marine Corps Times reported:
Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.
Cuba has said it welcomes the measures but has no intention of changing its system. Without establishing specific conditions, Castro’s government has increasingly linked the negotiations with the U.S. to a set of longstanding demands that include an end to U.S. support for Cuban dissidents and Cuba’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
On Wednesday, Castro emphasized an even broader list of Cuban demands, saying that while diplomatic ties may be re-established, normal relations with the U.S. depend on a series of concessions that appear highly unlikely in the near future.
“The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalizing bilateral relations, but this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don’t give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guanatanamo naval base,” Castro said.
He demanded that the U.S. end the transmission of anti-Castro radio and television broadcasts and deliver “just compensation to our people for the human and economic damage that they’re suffered.”
Now the Obama administration is negotiating with an oppressive communist regime refusing reform, issuing more and more demands, including reparations, while at the same time they still owe $6 billion to Americans.