[Ed. – Happy Friday.]
The State Department today removed Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, paving the way for full diplomatic recognition and an opening of embassies.
It has been 45 days since President Obama announced plans to remove Cuba from the list of nations that support terrorism and there was no attempt by Congress to stop the action. …
President Obama’s National Security Council said they “welcome today’s announcement.” …
Meanwhile in Congress, which had 45 days to try and stop the removal but did not act, John Boehner still criticized the move today, saying “relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized.”
“The Obama administration has handed the Castro regime a significant political win in return for nothing,” Boehner said. “Removing the regime from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror is just the latest example of this administration focusing more on befriending our enemies than helping our allies, but fortunately it will have little practical effect.”
Only Syria, the Sudan and Iran remain on the list.
Cuba was added to the terror list in 1982, accused by the U.S. of providing support to terrorist organizations in Latin America, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.