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Cuba & Iran: no unearned concessions to cruel dictatorships

Newly-elected Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo delivered the Republican Party's Spanish-language rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst responded in English.

The two freshmen diverged on some matters: Curbelo mentioned Cuba, criticizing "unearned concessions" by the Obama administration to "cruel dictatorships" in Cuba and Iran. Ernst made a separate mention of Iran--and didn't utter Cuba once.

Curbelo is Cuban-American, so it was not surprising that he would go after Obama on the subject. Obama himself devoted a paragraph of his speech to establishing closer ties with the island, and asked Congress explicitly to lift the trade embargo against Cuba. What's perhaps more noteworthy is that Ernst said nothing on the subject, highlighting the rift within the GOP about whether rapprochement with Raul Castro's communist regime is a good idea.

Source: Miami Herald coverage: 2015 State of the Union GOP response , Jan 20, 2015

When the US shows weakness, bad actors become emboldened

The Cuban government continues to hold an American hostage, and was caught sending arms illegally to North Korea. In Venezuela Nicholas Maduro, with the support of the Castro government, is viciously repressing dissent and aggressively exporting anti-Americanism. When the United States shows weakness, bad actors become emboldened and make the world a more dangerous place. The United States cannot afford to serve as the world's police, however, we must lead with a clear voice, support our allies, and oppose our enemies. The Obama Administration has failed in this regard. The President appears uninterested, disengaged and ineffective.
Source: 2014 Florida House campaign website, CarlosCurbelo.com , Nov 4, 2014

Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank.

Curbelo signed two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank

Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.

Source: Opposing UN Resolution 2334 17-HRes11 on Jan 3, 2017

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