- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed the Obama administration’s decision to reopen embassies in the United States and Cuba, saying the move underscores the president’s misguided approach to global affairs and is unlikely to help the people living under the Castro regime.

Mr. Perry, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said the decision is the “most recent example of this president’s foreign policy that ignores reality in exchange for surface level political ‘wins.’”

“The truth is that since the Castro brothers assumed power in 1959, their policies have changed very little,” Mr. Perry said. “The Cuban people today are not any freer politically or economically, and President Obama has failed to account for what the Castro regime has done in the last several years that warrants such an enormous shift in a longstanding U.S. policy of economic embargo and diplomatic isolation.

“There is no indication that further normalization will do anything to actually liberate the Cuban people or advance American interests,” Perry said.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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