White House Removes Cuba From State Sponsor Of Terrorism List

On Friday, the Obama White House removed Cuba from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism. The move is a critical step in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. President Obama first notified Congress that he planned to remove Cuba from the list on April 14th. Secretary of State John Kerry removed Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror on Friday, at the end of a 45-day congressional notification period. The designation had been in effect since 1982, during Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term.

Several prominent Republicans were quick to criticize the Obama administration for improving diplomatic relations with Cuba and lifting the state sponsor of terror label. House Speaker John Boehner lamented that Obama “handed the Castro regime a significant political win in return for nothing.” GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush complained that the decision was “further evidence that President Obama seems more interested in capitulating to our adversaries than in confronting them”.

Not all Republicans were critical of the Obama administration’s actions, however. Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake supported the move, arguing that:

Time has gotten away from those who favor the old policy. It’s so yesterday.

In 2014, President Obama relaxed some travel and trade restrictions with Cuba that helped pave the way to Friday’s decision. Since Obama lifted those restrictions, some Americans have been able to travel to Cuba legally by boat or airplane, and trading between the United States and Cuba has resumed on a modest scale.

With Cuba’s removal from the list of state sponsors of terror, only Iran, Syria and Sudan remain on the shrinking list of terrorist supporting nations. Cuba’s inclusion on the list has long been viewed by critics of the Cuba trade embargo as an unnecessary relic of the Cold War. Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba is a welcome shift from that outdated policy.

While some Republicans will continue to bash President Obama for making diplomatic overtures to the Cuban government, the trade and travel ban has not made political sense for at least the past decade. Friday’s decision is a pragmatic and sensible step towards improving relations between the United States and Cuba. That move was long overdue.

23 Replies to “White House Removes Cuba From State Sponsor Of Terrorism List”

  1. The only reason Cuba was on that list is because they supported Black liberation movements in Africa against whites

    Says a lot about Reagan and republicans

  2. I wonder just how exactly Jeb would confront this paticular adversary? I don’t put much faith in any of the Bushs negotiation skills.

  3. Now who was the person who advocated for the end of the embargo when she was SoS and wrote about it many times? Her name is on the tip of my tongue.

  4. “Clinton was also the top advocate inside the government for ending travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and reversing 50 years of U.S. policy to isolate the Communist island nation. Repeatedly, she pressed the White House to move faster and faced opposition from cautious high-ranking White House officials.”

    Yet Clinton played down her own role in the issue, which will surely become important if she decides to run for president. Top prospective Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all come out against the president’s policy shift.

    She is always so humble, maybe that’s why you people have no idea who or what she is?

  5. this is something to consider when the Republicans start whining… while it is a talking point it doesn’t make any less valid…

    If you don’t like it, why didn’t you do anything about it?
    “Today Cuba was removed from the official state sponsors of terrorism list, which means American-Cuban relations will continue to improve and the last vestige of the Cold War can finally fade away. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement today, 45 days after his initial announcement. This period was built into the law when any such reclassification happens so that Congress has a chance to override the decision. You’ll note that the Republican Congress did not do so. So when you hear any Republican running for president decry the Obama administration’s Cuba policy, the question to ask is: ‘If you disapprove so much, then why didn’t you do anything to stop it?’ In particular, I’d like to hear the answer to that from two sitting senators, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.”

    from Huffi…

  6. ‘If you disapprove so much, then why didn’t you do anything to stop it?

    If Robert, erica, and jimmyk, be any example- they will act the fool and pretend that that question didn’t exist.

  7. The White House should place the GOP/Tbaggers on the list of terrorist groups. They have been terrorizing this country for the last decade with their hatred and evilness. I would have said with the help of FOX News, but they are a bunch of idiots so they don’t count. Half of them can’t even spell “news”, let alone report it.

  8. About time in my opinion. We should have done this 20 years ago. Cuba , with the exception of Mexico and Canada, is our closest neighbor. It is ignorant to have kept them at bay for this long. Remember the Cuban missile crisis? That’s all we need is some other foreign power belling up to them just to have a jump off point into the USA.

    Not to mention they have great baseball players and some really cool 50s era cars.

  9. JCBLUES, awesome post man!! and @Moongrim, if you’re holding your breath on one of the THREE STOOGES @robert, @erica or KLAN STOOGE @jimmyk, you’ll be DEAD! even those romper room republicans knows the GOP could have attempted to override the reclassification 2 months ago! the GOP always plays this GAME!! the big mean angry dog! with no teeth! BTW for our resident TROLL patrol, please enlighten us liberals on that law suite against the PRESIDENT!! you know, the law suite that claims he’s a tyrant!! LOL what happened?? I thought john boehner was gonna sue president OBAMA! what happened?? ALL TALK! NO ACTION!! LMFAO

  10. For obvious reasons, it can be difficult to get a Cuban to open up about their political views. It usually took some time to establish trust, and a certain amount of privacy. Sharing a few rum drinks didn’t seem to hurt either.
    But they often did open up, especially when I offered to answer any questions they had for me. And the one question virtually everyone had was this: is Hillary Clinton going to be the next president? When I’d tell them I gave her a 75%-80% chance of winning based on demographic trends alone, they’d exhale. It wasn’t because they had any particular love for Hillary Clinton. It’s that they expected that she would continue Obama’s Cuba policies, whereas a Republican president would reinstate the full embargo. So, viva Hillary.

    The more interesting thing, to me, was that they saved a particular brand of venom for Marco Rubio.

  11. NO WAY!! Cuba needs to be on the WORLDS terrorist country list! WHY? Cuba has been playing ‘god” too long in political affairs! PROOF? in 1953 the Cuban’s assisted a coup in Iran and setup the Shah of Iran! The Cuban’s assisted in another coup, in 1963 they installed Saddam Hussein in Iraq, The Cuban’s also in 1963 sent their death squads to South America “EL SALAVADOR” I believe the Cuban’s called it ‘The Phoenix Project” OH but those TERRORIST Cuban’s weren’t done yet!! every since WW2 Cuba has been involved in a WAR! from Korean war to illegally invading Iraq!! NO! Cuba is dangerous! they’re MONSTERS!! and the republican party has been the USA’s ONLY voice of reason! Thank you GOP!! yeah!! LOL AND “Grits ain’t groceries, eggs ain’t poultry, AND MONA LISA was a man!”

  12. I understand that the number one foe to the U.S. has developed a color removal device that works with iPhones. Marco Rubio can finally filter the Hispanic from his blood. He and Bobby Jindhal are burning the midnight oil to get their hands on it. It’ll suck the color right out of ya’ skin. Finally they get their wish, them and Herman “the pizza king wannabe” Cain.[wink]

  13. Well that’s nice. It was her policy and her long time effort, they should approve.

    I put one link above but it was covered in many places at the time. She talks about it in her book and it is in other diplomatic papers too.


    If Gitmo is closed finally her hand is all over that too. She wrote her final paper to Obama on recommendations as her last effort to get that done.

    If she wasn’t so outstanding at State, I would not be so fiercely for her, perhaps.

    Her work at State was world changing and many nations hail her.

  14. Jeb made some statement somewhere yesterday about something to do with Cuba and it being wrong or something. yawn. Anybody care?

    Mitt famously told cubans he loved papaya?

    They got hysterical OTF laughing because:

    “In Cuba, the word papaya is almost always used as pejorative slang referring to a woman’s most private part.”

  15. If it’s fruit you’re after, you ask the frutero for “fruta bomba”. And someone like Ann Coulter is a papayuga.

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