President Obama recently asked Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Mortatinos to tell Cuba’s President Raul Castro that for relations between the countries to improve Cuba has to do its part to help reform and improve human rights, Fox News has learned.
“Have (Moratinos) tell the Cuban authorities we understand that change can’t happen overnight, but down the road, when we look back at this time, it should be clear that now is when those changes began,” Obama told Zapatero, according to sources.
That’s lovely. Now maybe the President will get a finance minister from Botswana to tell the Premier of Lesotho that he thinks he’s uber swell or maybe he’ll send John Kerry to play rock paper scissors with the Taliban and settle this whole Afghanitan/Pakistan-crumbling-before-Islamic-thugs-and-threatening-the-whole-world thing once and for all. Seriously, doesn’t he have a Secretary of State for things like delivering messages to other heads of state? Oh yeah, I almost forgot… he never utilizes his Secretary of State for fear that she’ll do a better job than he does and perhaps get some of the credit which, let’s face it, he desperately, desperately needs. I mean, I suppose I can’t blame him for being gun shy about talking to the current regime in Cuba after his sweeping success in claiming the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago. In fact, he’s so gun shy about repeating his failed bid to use his cult of personality in Copenhagen that he’s not going back to participate in the Summit On Climate Change… ostensibly because that’s not a “head of state level” event. I suppose kow-towing before the Olympic committee is? Or maybe he’s just ashamed that he’s been equally impotent regarding implementing climate change legislation (cap and trade), despite a democratically controlled congress, as he was at setting up a sporting event in Chicago?
Bottom line is this: If you’re the President of the United States you should use your Secretary of State as your Secretary of State… not send notes with other countries’ officials. Oh, and don’t listen to half wits like John Kerry who have spent less total time in Central Asia than General McChrystal has spent in the latrine in Central Asia… or you’ll end up getting advice that is worth roughly the equivalent to the contents of those latrines.