Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Bush awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Biscet
President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Yan Valdes Morejon and Winnie Biscet in honor of their father Oscar Elias Biscet during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in the East Room. “Oscar Biscet is a healer — known to 11 million Cubans as a physician, a community organizer, and an advocate for human rights,” said the President about the imprisoned physician. “The international community agrees that Dr. Biscet’s imprisonment is unjust, yet the regime has refused every call for his release.” White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet yesterday. Of course, because Dr. Biscet is locked in Fidel Castro’s gulag, the President had to present the award to Dr. Biscet’s son and daughter.

There’s not much for me to add to this, other than to say if anyone deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it’s Dr. Biscet. I’ll leave you with a few links below.

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President Bush puts the lie to Castro’s ’embargo’ excuse

President Bush delivers remarks on Cuba policy at State Department
President George W. Bush greets his guests Marlenis Gonzalez, right, and her daughter Melissa, center, Wednesday, October 24, 2007, after his remarks on Cuba policy at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Melissa’s father, Jorge Luis Gonzalez Tanquero is currently being held in a Cuban prison after being arrested for crimes against the regime. White House photo by Eric Draper.

President Bush gave a great speech on the United States’ Cuba policy today at the State Department. You can read the entire speech here. Or read the fact sheet on Cuba policy, titled Encouraging Freedom, Justice, and Prosperity in Cuba, here. Or you can watch video of the President’s speech here.

It was a thing of beauty. So much of it was good, that I would have had to have posted the whole thing here–I’ve posted links above instead. For my money, the best part was when he named names of political prisoners in Castro’s gulag–some of these prisoners’ families were at the speech (see photo above).

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Where do I start?

This story has sooooo many problems with it… my comments in italics:

Fidel Castro wrote Tuesday that President Bush is threatening the world with nuclear war and famine…

As opposed to you and Che, who wanted to nuke America during the missile crisis? Oh, and speaking of famine, how’s that rationing program going, Fidel?

…The brief essay titled “Bush, Hunger and Death”…

Yep, you know plenty about hunger and death Fidel. That’s what you’ve been giving Cuba for 48 years.

…Cuba staged municipal elections on Sunday…

“Staged” being the operative word.

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President Bush sticks it to Castro

President George W. Bush meets with Yamile Llanes Labrada and her daughter Shirln Garcia
President George W. Bush meets with Yamile Llanes Labrada and her daughter Shirln Garcia, pictured sitting immediately to her mother’s right, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, in the Oval Office. Mrs. Labrada is the wife of Cuban political prisoner Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Paneque. White House photo by Eric Draper.
President Bush attended a Hispanic Heritage event at the White House yesterday, where he had the following to say:

I have just met a remarkable woman that I want to introduce to you: Yamile Llanes Labrada, and her daughter, Shirlen García, have joined me in the Oval Office. Yamile is the wife of a political prisoner in Cuba, Dr. José Luis García Paneque. The doctor was a plastic surgeon. He did nothing more than advocate for freedom. And he’s now in prison. And not only is he in prison, he’s ill. And so one of the messages I have for the Cuban leader is, free this man, and free other political prisoners. He’s not a threat to you. Let him be reunited with a woman who loves him dearly, and his four children. So, Yamile, thanks for coming. We’re proud you’re here. (Applause.) Sure glad you’re here. Y que Dios les bendiga a su familia y también su esposo.

Remarkably, those comments were picked up by Reuters.

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Aww, poor little babies, want a hankie?

Sniff, sniff. Waa, waa. Boo hoo.

That was the sound of Fidel Castro’s puppets at the Useless Nations today as President Bush called Castro on his tyranny of Cuba:

Cuba’s foreign minister walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday in protest of President Bush’s speech in which he said the “long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end” on the communist island.

There’s more:

“In Cuba, the long rule of a cruel dictator is nearing its end,” Bush said. “The Cuban people are ready for their freedom. And as that nation enters a period of transition, the United Nations must insist on free speech, free assembly and, ultimately, free and competitive elections.”

Beautiful!

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Patriot Day, 2007

Don’t forget to fly your flag at half-mast today to commemorate those who lost their lives six years ago today.

Never forget…

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/09/20070904-6.html

Patriot Day, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in American history. On that terrible day, our Nation saw the face of evil as 19 men barbarously attacked us and wantonly murdered people of many races, nationalities, and creeds. On Patriot Day, we remember the innocent victims, and we pay tribute to the valiant firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives so others might live.

After the attacks on 9/11, America resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor and support them. All Americans honor the selfless men and women of our Armed Forces, the dedicated members of our public safety, law enforcement, and intelligence communities, and the thousands of others who work hard each day to protect our country, secure our liberty, and prevent future attacks.

The spirit of our people is the source of America’s strength, and 6 years ago, Americans came to the aid of neighbors in need. On Patriot Day, we pray for those who died and for their families. We volunteer to help others and demonstrate the continuing compassion of our citizens. On this solemn occasion, we rededicate ourselves to laying the foundation of peace with confidence in our mission and our free way of life.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2007, as Patriot Day. I call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot Day. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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Bravo!

The issue isn’t whether or not he did what he’s accused of doing (for which he has already been acquitted, I might add).

The issue is simply that ANY so-called “evidence” the Castro government would present is suspect on its face.

Three Cuban lawmakers have condemned the Justice Department’s decision to send FBI agents to Cuba to collect evidence against a terror suspect.

The FBI have reportedly been to Cuba recently to gather more information on the alleged involvement Luis Posada Carriles in a hotel bombing that killed an Italian in Havana in 1997.

“By asking a state sponsor of terrorism for evidence’ regarding terrorism, the Bush administration Justice Department demonstrates a shockingly profound ignorance of the nature of terrorism, of its origins and its state sponsors,” U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and brothers Lincoln and Mario Díaz-Balart said in a statement, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

Shame on the FBI for collaborating with Castro.

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Castro, full of hot air as always, produces excess methane while complaining about ethanol

Didn’t I already talk about this on this blog? Yes, I did.

For a second time in a row, the moribund, crusty Castro temporarily removes his foot from the grave, long enough to spew his hot, methane-laced breath about the Bush Administration’s proposed use of ethanol:

Castro chided the Bush administration for its support of ethanol production for automobiles, a move that the 80-year-old leader said would leave the world’s poor hungry.

It was his second article on the issue in less than a week, indicating he is increasingly anxious to have his voice heard on international matters, eight months after stepping down as Cuba’s president because of illness.

Castro also gently chided leftist ally Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for his country’s ambitious plans for ethanol production and his cooperation with Bush in promoting it.

“It is not my intention to harm Brazil, nor get mixed up in affairs related to the internal politics of that great country,” Castro wrote in the article, titled “Reflections of the Commander in Chief: The Internationalization of Genocide.”

Yes, of course. Let’s only criticize the U.S. and especially a Republican president even if our allies are doing the same thing. Typical leftist hypocrisy.

Which the Miami Herald pointed out, as I mentioned yesterday on this blog:

Until just a few weeks ago, the leftist Chávez was pressing ahead with a five-year project to sow almost 700,000 acres with sugar cane to produce ethanol. With the technical support of Brazil and Cuba, 15 new sugar mills were planned to produce 30,000 barrels of ethanol a day.

Even in early March, Havana and Caracas announced an agreement to build 11 ethanol plants in Venezuela, using Cuban expertise. The agreement also included the modernization of 10 plants in Cuba and the construction of a further eight, based on Brazilian production methods.

But after Bush visited Brazil and signed an ethanol deal with President Luíz Inacio Lula da Silva, both Chávez and his close ally, Fidel Castro, converted to the anti-ethanol camp.

How do you spell “politically motivated?”

Many analysts, however, see the change of heart by the two leaders as a product of political, rather than environmental considerations.

”What’s hidden behind the ethanol issue is a game of geopolitics,” said Edgar C. Otálvora, an economist, historian and former diplomat. ”Rivalry with the United States” is the explanation, Otálvora argues.

‘There are many contradictions in [Chávez’s] discourse – being simultaneously an environmentalist and an oil producer is a contradiction in itself.”

I guess you could say Castro and Chavez actually were for ethanol–before they were against it.

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Castro, Chavez, just like children

Just like a couple of kids who refuse to touch something because it has been touched by someone who has the “cooties,” and Chavez are doing an about-face on the production of ethanol–only because President likes it. As reported in today’s Miami Herald:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was on the ethanol bandwagon. Until, that is, President Bush jumped aboard. Now, it seems, ethanol is a threat to the poor.

In August 2006, the Venezuelan state oil corporation PDVSA signed an agreement with its Brazilian counterpart, Petrobras, for ”long-term” supplies of ethanol as a renewable substitute for gasoline.

Until just a few weeks ago, the leftist Chávez was pressing ahead with a five-year project to sow almost 700,000 acres with sugar cane to produce ethanol. With the technical support of Brazil and Cuba, 15 new sugar mills were planned to produce 30,000 barrels of ethanol a day.

Even in early March, Havana and Caracas announced an agreement to build 11 ethanol plants in Venezuela, using Cuban expertise. The agreement also included the modernization of 10 plants in Cuba and the construction of a further eight, based on Brazilian production methods.

But after Bush visited Brazil and signed an ethanol deal with President Luíz Inacio Lula da Silva, both Chávez and his close ally, Fidel Castro, converted to the anti-ethanol camp.

Sniff, sniff, I’m taking my ball and going home!

Many analysts, however, see the change of heart by the two leaders as a product of political, rather than environmental considerations.

”What’s hidden behind the ethanol issue is a game of geopolitics,” said Edgar C. Otálvora, an economist, historian and former diplomat. ”Rivalry with the United States” is the explanation, Otálvora argues.

‘There are many contradictions in [Chávez’s] discourse – being simultaneously an environmentalist and an oil producer is a contradiction in itself.”

What?!?!? Chavez contradictory?!?!? Perish the thought! 😀

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Your lips to God’s ears, Mr. President

President Bush gets it on Cuba:

Communist rule of Cuba should end when ailing leader Fidel Castro dies, President Bush said as he prepared for a Latin American tour seen as aiming to counter a regional shift to the left.

Bush’s trip, starting in Brazil on Thursday, is widely viewed as offering a counterpoint to the populist appeal of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose nationalization plans he criticized.

“I strongly believe that government-run industry is inefficient and will lead to more poverty,” Bush told newspaper reporters on Tuesday in remarks released on Wednesday.

“If the state tries to run the economy, it will enhance poverty and reduce opportunity.”

Bush also made clear he is keeping an eye on Cuba and its long-time leader.

Castro, 80, was forced to temporarily hand power to his brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, last July after stomach surgery. He has not appeared in public since his surgery, aside from video recordings and a live radio broadcast to Venezuela last week.

Castro’s fate will be decided “by the Almighty,” Bush said.

“I don’t know how long he’s going to live but nevertheless I do believe that the system of government that he’s imposed upon the people ought not to live if that’s what the people decide.”

Bush took a dim view of the possibility of Raul Castro taking over permanently.

“What I hope happens is that we together insist that transition doesn’t mean transition from one figure to another, but transition means from one type of government to a different type of government, based upon the will of the people,” he said.

Your lips to God’s ears, Mr. President.

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