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GOP Rep. Backs Kerry Into a Corner Over Obama Shaking the ‘Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro’

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GOP Rep. Backs Kerry Into a Corner Over Obama Shaking the ‘Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro’

While attending the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday, President Barack Obama engaged in a reportedly spontaneous handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro. The White House downplayed the exchange, but Republicans were quick to criticize the move.

GOP Rep. Hits Obama fo Shaking the Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro

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Secretary of State John Kerry was backed into a corner during a congressional hearing on Tuesday by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who blasted the president for shaking the “bloody hand” of someone like Castro.

“Mr. Secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates,” the congresswoman lectured.

Ros-Lehtinen went on to ask Kerry to “tell the Cuban people living under that repressive regime that, a handshake notwithstanding, the U.S. policy toward the cruel and sadistic Cuban dictatorship has not weakened.”

Dodging the question, Kerry argued that “today is about honoring Nelson Mandela” and pointed out that Obama called on world leaders to honor the late South African leader’s by upholding “basic human rights.”

GOP Rep. Hits Obama fo Shaking the Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the hope of persuading Congress to not forge any new economic sanctions on Iran. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“And would you say Raul Castro is upholding basic human rights?” Ros-Lehtinen shot back.

“No,” Kerry quickly replied. “Absolutely not.”

Watch the interaction below:



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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:46 AM
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Yes.  That was a dumb move on Obama's part.  Not only is Raul a tyrant he is a drug trafficking scumbag.  But you have to hand it to Obama......he can't go anywhere foreign without stepping on his $^&&.

SuzCahn
by Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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 The "White house" always downplays Obamas corruption.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

 

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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 It was the correct move to make, it was not a place for politics. It was a memorial service / celebration of life

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
At least he wasnt kissing him
blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Dec. 12, 2013 at 7:28 AM


Quoting pvtjokerus:

Yes.  That was a dumb move on Obama's part.  Not only is Raul a tyrant he is a drug trafficking scumbag.  But you have to hand it to Obama......he can't go anywhere foreign without stepping on his $^&&.

Obama thrives for attention on the world stage. He's more concerned if America's enemies like him than those suffering under these brutal regimes. He fails to understand these dictators would end his life in a split second & the lives of his family @ any opportunity. 

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Dec. 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

These guys in the photo with McCain are fighting against Bashar al-Assad's regime. 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 


blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Dec. 12, 2013 at 7:32 AM
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He's hoping Communist dictators will like him. What a fool!

Quoting numbr1wmn:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/obama-bows-shakes-hands-with-cuban-dictator-raul-castro/


He bowed too


idunno1234
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

I can't help but choke on the hypocricy of Republicans expressing outrage at our President shaking the hand of yet another leader of yet another brutal government.  Our feud with Cuba is childish considering how many evil vile men we have not only shaken the hands of but partnered with if we thought it served our interests. 

Mandela's memorial was a unique moment in history, I believe the largest gathering of world leaders ever all brought together, all knowing that the best way to honor the person they were there for was to leave the shit outside.

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