President Barack Obama’s deal to normalize relations with Cuba is unraveling, and for the usual reasons for this administration — Obama gave away the store and, so far, has received nothing in return. To top matters off, the State Department refuses to comment.
When the president announced the deal several weeks ago, he said that he had released three Cuban spies in exchange for 53 political prisoners. Cuba now has their spies; the political detainees are still in a Cuban prison.
To exacerbate the situation, the Cuban government has detained even more political dissidents since the deal was struck.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki refused to give any details of the exchange at a Monday press briefing, or to even furnish the names of the 53 dissidents still being held by Cuba.
Given her refusal to provide any details on the prisoner exchange process, an unknown female correspondent asked about the administration’s lack of transparency.
“Well, we know who’s on there,” Psaki replied. “And the Cuban government knows who’s on there.”
When she said she had nothing else to add, the Associated Press’ Matt Lee got into the mix.
“Hold on, hold on a second,” he said. “Can we — I mean, is it — what’s happening? Are they out? Are they not out? … Where are they?”
Psaki repeated that she had nothing more to report, prompting Lee put into words what’s been on everyone’s mind from the day the deal was announced.
“So the Cubans don’t actually have to do anything?” he said.
“Matt, no,” she insisted. “This is something they’ve agreed to. I would point you to them for any updates on the number of people or the people have been released.”
Good luck with that one. If our own government isn’t talking, why would the Castro regime?
Watch the exchange via The Washington Free Beacon.