Obama's New "Normalization": Cubans Are Helping Russia Attack U.S. Backed Rebels in Syria

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Oct 15, 2015 8:50 AM
Obama's New "Normalization": Cubans Are Helping Russia Attack U.S. Backed Rebels in Syria

If you've been paying attention, you know by now Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved Russian troops, tanks and air power into Syria and is actively bombing U.S. backed rebels who are opposing Dictator Bashar al-Assad. This situation has been developing over the past few weeks, but what's new is the revelation Cuba is helping the Russians carry out the attacks, which are essentially attacks on the U.S.

Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S.

Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frias, head of Cuba's Armed Forces, recently visited Syria to lead a group of Cuban military personnel joining forces with Russia in their support of Assad, according to information received by the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.

On Wednesday, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Cuban paramilitary and special forces units are on the ground in Syria, citing evidence from intelligence reports. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Cuban troops may have been training in Russia and may have arrived in Syria on Russian planes.

What will the U.S. do about this? The answer is nothing. After all, President Obama unilaterally "normalized" relations with Cuba last year without preconditions and said it was time to "chart a new course" with the communist country. 

"In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas," Obama said. "There’s a complicated history between the United States and Cuba. I was born in 1961 –- just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, and just a few months after the Bay of Pigs invasion, which tried to overthrow his regime. Over the next several decades, the relationship between our countries played out against the backdrop of the Cold War, and America’s steadfast opposition to communism."

"Change is hard –- in our own lives, and in the lives of nations. And change is even harder when we carry the heavy weight of history on our shoulders. But today we are making these changes because it is the right thing to do. Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past so as to reach for a better future –- for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere, and for the world," he continued. 

Is this the new normal? Cuba partnering with the Russians in a blatant undermining of U.S. interests? 

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