April 10, 2009

OH, THE SHAME OF BEING A DEMOCRAT IN OBAMA'S AMERICA:

On Cuba, Obama must first think of Latin America – and democracy: The region's democracies need to be defended, as does US nurturing of liberty (The Monitor's Editorial Board, April 10, 2009, CS Monitor)

In coming days, Mr. Obama's actions toward the island state will reveal if he will be an active democracy promoter in global affairs, much like presidents before him.

So far, he appears to be putting other US interests first. Obama has distanced himself from the "freedom agenda" of George W. Bush. His secretary of state has downplayed human rights in China. The US no longer expects democracy in Afghanistan. And no matter what the fate of Iraq's fragile elected government, US combat troops will likely exit there next year.

But the issue of Cuba could force Obama to become a champion of liberty, as he said he wanted to be during the 2008 campaign.


Imagine if folks had to ask if the guy you voted for would act like an American or not?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2009 3:37 PM
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