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Ron Paul was right on Cuba; Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were dumb and dumber

Ask a stupid question …

That’s what NBC’s Brian Williams did on the subject of Cuba in that Republican presidential primary debate Monday evening.

Here’s what Williams asked Mitt Romney:

There was a lot of talk in the last presidential campaign about that 3:00 a.m. phone call. Let`s say President Romney gets that phone call, and it is to say that Fidel Castro has died. And there are credible people in the Pentagon who predict upwards of half a million Cubans may take that as a cue to come to the United States.
What do you do?

What Romney should have said is, “Why the heck would the Cubans want to come here when the man who’s been oppressing them for half a century just died? I just wish I could go join the celebration in the streets.”

What he did say was forgettable. But Newt Gingrich promptly jumped in with an answer every bit as stupid as the question. He proposed to do the one thing that would keep Castro’s brother Raul in power. Gingrich proposed “using every asset available to the United States, including appropriate covert operations” to get regime change.

It is exactly that sort of ineffectual threat that has kept the Castros in power all these years. There’s a reason Castro shot down that “Brothers to the Rescue” plane at the exact moment relations between the U.S. and Cuba were improving. He needed the threat of American attacks to keep his police state in operation.

If Gingrich was dumb, Rick Santorum was even dumber. He said he’d keep sanctions in place even after both Castros were gone:

They should continue until the Castros are dead, and then we should make it very clear that if you want mountains of aid, if you want normal relationships, if you want to improve your economy, if you want to have the opportunity for freedom, that the United States stands ready now to embrace you now that you've gotten rid of these tyrants who -- who have controlled you for these 50-plus years. That's why the sanctions have to stay in place, because we need to have a -- a very solid offer to come forward and help the Cuban people.

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