Yesterday, a seven member Congressional delegation met with both Castro brothers in Cuba in defiance of at least the spirit if not the letter of a half century ban and travel embargo. Fidel Castro pronounced that the members told him that American society continues to be racist and that U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba continues to be a failure. No one from the delegation has disputed the characterization made by Castro.
So, how did the delegation describe the meetings?
The Castro government is interested in talking to the United States, a delegation of black members of Congress said Tuesday, returning from a five-day trip to Cuba where they met with Raul and Fidel Castro.
We didn’t get into any of the details,” said caucus chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who led the trip. “We just want to see a dialogue. You don’t have to offer anything to talk.”
It’s time to talk to Cuba,” Lee said. “We are convinced, based on the meetings, that the Cubans do want dialogue, they do want talks and they do want normal relations with the United States of America, and I believe it’s in the United States’ best interest to do that.”
So, in one fell swoop, these folks allowed a vicious dictator to characterize the U.S. as both "racist" and having a failed policy toward that country. Furthermore, the delegation also allowed Cuba's dictators to be characterized as folks ready to talk and dialogue. There was no mention of human rights abuses and imprisonment of political dissidents. The delegation allowed the Castros to characterize the U.S. as the bad guys at the same time they also allowed Cuba to characterize itself as a country ready for peace and dialogue.
To say that this group is nothing more than a bunch of useful idiots is to insult useful idiots.