Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer joined the “Special Report” panel Wednesday night and expressed disappointment in the Obama administration’s decision to open formal relations with Cuba.
First, Krauthammer noted that this action by the president is an about-face from where he stood in 2008. At that time, then-candidate Obama wanted to maintain the embargo on Cuba as a means of leverage so that the country would to move towards a government that promotes human rights.
Krauthammer frustration was summed up in one devastating question: “Is there no tyrant or anti-American center in the world that Obama will not appease for nothing in return?”
Host Bret Baier also quoted long-time critic Sen Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on Obama’s decision to trade three Cuban spies held by the United States for an American aid worker held by Cuba as a poor move internationally.
“Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent,” he added. “It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.”
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