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OPINION

Biden Team Renews ‘Law-Enforcement’ Partnership with Terror Sponsors

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“U.S. sending delegation to Cuba to restart talks on law enforcement,” recently reported Reuters. “U.S. concerns about counterterrorism will be among the subjects addressed, a State Department spokesperson said.

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"Trump placed Cuba on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism shortly before his term ended in January 2021, and the Biden administration has been reviewing this since taking office. The meeting will be the first of its kind since the law- enforcement dialogue, which was started in 2015 under former President Barack Obama, was stopped in 2018 under Trump as he rolled back his predecessor's historic detente with Communist-ruled Cuba.”

And just how did Obama’s “dialogue” with terror-sponsoring Cuba’s snickering KGB-trained apparatchiks work out, you might ask? 

Well: The deepest and most damaging penetration of the U.S. Defense Department by an enemy agent in recent history was pulled off by a spy working for the terror-sponsoring, drug-smuggling Castro regime. The spy’s name is Ana Belen Montes, known as “Castro’s Queen Jewel” in the intelligence community.  In 2002 she was convicted of the same crimes as Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Montes was recently released from prison after serving 20 years of her 25 year sentence. Only a plea bargain spared her from sizzling in the electric chair like the Rosenbergs.

Promptly upon Montes’ conviction, a Cuban spy named Gustavo Machin, who worked under diplomatic cover in Washington D.C. (and thus enjoyed “diplomatic immunity”) along with 14 of his KGB-trained Cuban colleagues, were all booted from the U.S.

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As is normal in these cases, the FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency were carefully circumspect in describing the cause for Gustavo Machin’s expulsion from the U.S. But given that it came shortly after Ana Montes’ conviction and sentencing—and especially as her escape from the Rosenberg’s fate stemmed from her cooperating with prosecutors (singing)—given these circumstances it’s pretty much a slam-dunk that Machin was her accomplice in espionage. Hence his prompt expulsion. 

Well, back in January 2020 shortly before Obama vacated the White House, this very Gustavo Machin was invited by the Obama team to personally participate in a U.S. security brainstorming session involving the U.S. Southern Command, which serves as our nation’s command center on the war on drugs.

You see, amigos: In one of his closing acts as president, Obama ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to “share” information with the terror-sponsoring, drug-smuggling Castro regime. Here’s how the AP described the executive orders:

“The Obama administration and Cuba’s Interior Ministry (KGB and STASI-trained spy and secret police apparatus) have agreed to share information on international criminal activity such as terrorism, human trafficking and money laundering despite Republican objections to U.S. law-enforcement cooperation with President Raul Castro’s government.”

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Here was the official White House announcement: 

“The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will support broader United States Government efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, with Intelligence Community elements working to find opportunities for engagement on areas of common interest through which we could exchange information on mutual threats with Cuban counterparts.”

I suppose there’s something to be said for “exchanging” intelligence on terrorism and drug-smuggling with the hemisphere’s top terror-sponsor and drug smuggler. “Better to have the skunk inside the tent p*ssing out,” LBJ quipped about his partnership with FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, “than outside p*ssing in.” 

“Keep your friends close” goes the famous adage. “Keep your enemies closer.” 

But something tells me Obama and his people didn’t view the “exchanges” with the Castro-Family-Crime-Syndicate (habitually mislabeled as “Cuba” by the media and Obama State Dept.) like Vito Corleone viewed his exchanges with his fellow Mafiosi. 

The proof of the Obama team’s appalling bone-headedness (unless it was something worse) was not long in manifesting:

Obama’s “Kumbaya-with-Castro” directive came on January 2017 (and remember that it included “exchanges” of information on drug-smuggling.) Well, here’s what was discovered in April 2017:

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“Panamanian authorities have intercepted over 401 kilos of cocaine in a shipment from Cuba en route to Belgium. The cocaine was found in a container camouflaged by molasses tanks.”

Note that that the story (so hideously embarrassing for Obama) was broken by a European newspaper, then spread throughout Latin American newspapers. The U.S. media (the same one that hysterically blew gaskets about Trump’s dubious “leaks” and “collusion”) studiously “overlooked” it. Yes, the mainstream media carefully tippy-toed around reporting a gigantic drug-bust by a criminal organization located barely 90 miles from U.S. shores which was making daily headlines because of Obama’s “historic” partnership with it. 

Two years earlier, terror-sponsoring Cuba was caught red-handed smuggling weapons (including missiles) to North Korea

Well, imagine the media feeding frenzy if a sophisticated U.S. missile suddenly went missing– and popped up in Russian hands precisely during President Trump’s sensitive security meetings with Russian officials embracing them as trustworthy U.S. allies. 

Imagine the Saturday Night Live skits depicting President Trump as vainglorious and pathetic wuss if he meekly asked for the return of the valuable missile –and the Russians laughed in his face.

Imagine the Jimmy Kimmel monologues ridiculing President Trump as a doofus or dangerous buffoon (if nothing worse) for insisting that—despite all of the above—the Russians were all sweetness and light and our trustworthy partners in national security.

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Imagine the media/deep-state uproar if (after all of the above) the president then invited the terror-sponsoring thieves of U.S. military technology to vital U.S. military brainstorming sessions and to inspect vital U.S. military installations!

In fact, everything above occurred, but with a very faint and dainty response from the mainstream media.

The case of Cuba stealing U.S. missile technology precisely during Obama’s “Kumbaya with Castro” was reported by the WSJ here.

But apparently the Biden team is still intent on partnering with the Castroite foxes to guard the henhouse.  

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