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Krauthammer: Liberalization Didn’t Work In China And It Won’t Work In Cuba

Obama’s unilateral decision to ease the half-century embargo on Cuba is still being hotly debated.

Tonight on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer pointed out the fact that Jeffersonian economic liberalization hasn’t taken root in dictator-run hellholes around the world from Vietnam to China to North Korea. And it’s Krauthammer’s belief that democratic and economic freedom won’t bring change to Cuba either.

“In the early days of the Cold War, the very early days, there was a semi-tongue-in-cheek proposal that, instead of having bombs on the B-52s, we ought to fill them with nylons and drop them over the Soviet Union. As a result, there will be a revolution, they’re going to become capitalists,” Krauthammer said.

“This is exactly the same idea for Cuba,” he added. “It hasn’t worked for Vietnam or China, if your objective is to liberalize it. And the bulk of the benefit is going to go to the military and the repressive apparatus. That’s the argument against normalization.”

Today, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), whose parents fled Fidel Castro’s deadly regime, shot back at those who might be in favor of Obama’s new Cuban policy.

“I don’t think, especially on issues of deep principle, such as human rights, dignity, and democracy that we should take our cues from a poll,” Rubio said.

“Second, we have a poll every two years in this state; it’s called elections. As far as I can tell, everyone of our members of Congress that’s been elected in those districts agrees with my position, and I with their position on this issue. So where is the pro-embargo, or anti-embargo congressperson from the very district that you said was polled? I think that’s the ultimate poll.

“And I think people have spoken, and if tomorrow they want a Castro appeaser to be their next Senator or their next congressperson, they’ll have a right to do that, I suppose. But I just back up, and just say to you, that on matters of principle such as human rights, it shouldn’t matter if 99% of the people say it’s OK to back up a dictatorship. I hope that I will always be on the right side, even if it may not be the popular side, or the winning side in any given poll. Although, I dispute that in this case it is.”


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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