Obama Gave Away To Cuba Better Relations with U.S. But Got Nothing In Return

So what did President Obama get in return for the most sweeping shift in US policy toward Cuba in nearly half a century? A public kick in the pants from Fidel Castro.

The ailing despot left no doubt about who runs things in Havana — and it isn’t his brother, Raul, Cuba’s president.

NY Post Editorial

After Raul declared he was “willing” to discuss issues like human rights and political prisoners with Obama, Fidel responded with an essay on a state-controlled Web site that said, essentially, not so fast.

And, he predicted, Obama will wind up on the “path [to] sure failure, like all of his predecessors.”

Thanks for nothing, in other words, for lifting restrictions on Cuban-Americans’ ability to send their families cash. That’s more than Cuba has gotten from any US president since Dwight Eisenhower.

Which is just what Obama should have expected, after making those gestures without demanding anything of Castro.

He probably was heartened, though, by Fidel’s having asked a group of bootlicking US House members what he could do to “help President Obama.”

Well, here’s an idea from Rep. Peter King — most definitely not a bootlicker.

The Long Island Republican has reintroduced legislation demanding the extradition of 70 US criminals — including cop-killers, terrorists and airplane hijackers — who have won political asylum in Cuba.

Two of them are of particular concern to New York-area residents:

* Joanne Chesimard, a Black Liberation Army terrorist who in 1973 took part in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that left one state trooper dead and seriously wounded another. She escaped from a maximum-security prison and eventually surfaced in Havana — where she remains free today.

* William Morales, chief bomb-maker for the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN, which staged scores of bombings, some deadly, throughout New York City. Escaping from Bellevue’s prison unit, he made his way to Mexico, where he killed a cop. But the government sent him to Cuba, where he was given safe haven.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram says she plans to ask Obama to seek Chesimard’s extradition.

Obviously, the best way to “help President Obama” — as well as millions of long-suffering Cubans — would be to restore democracy to the island.

But sending Chesimard and Morales back to serve their prison terms would be a concrete sign that Cuba is serious about wanting to “open a new era.”

President Obama took a significant step.

Now it’s Cuba’s turn.

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