Fox News Contributor Ben Stein Goes Off on Bizarre Anti-Cuba Rant in Pathetic Attempt to Bash President Obama

ben-stein-cubaSince President Obama decided to end our decades-long (and outdated) policies pertaining to Cuba, Republicans have been beside themselves with anger because apparently they think it’s still 1962.


The reality is, the president’s decision to change many of our policies relating to Cuba was long overdue. These policies might have made sense in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – but not in 2015. And let’s not act as if improving relations with Cuba is beneath us. We have quite a few working relationships with countries that have less than stellar records when it comes to human rights (China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan), so let’s not pretend that Cuba’s system of government and how they treat their citizens is just too appalling for our “sensitive nature.”

If Cuba had the trade power of China, or the oil of Saudi Arabia, we would have cozied up to them long ago.

Well, be that as it may, reality hasn’t stopped many conservatives from trying to make Obama’s Cuba decision into yet another ridiculous attack on his administration. Just look at the bizarre attack levied by Fox News contributor Ben Stein, who accused the president of seeking to improve relations with Cuba as a payback for his “lefty” friends.

“This is a payoff to Obama’s old lefty buddies, who’ve always loved Castro,” Stein said. “The whole thing has no economic significance to us. It’s just a way of saying to his old lefty buddies, from long long ago community organizer days, ‘See I kept my promise to you, I’m going to be easy on Castro, make friends with Cuba, you can count on me.”

That’s honestly just pure gibberish. It’s one of those comments that if he had said it to me in person, I would have clapped my hands together like a Vegas blackjack dealer and just walked away. It’s absurd for Stein to push the idea that for six years the president has been plotting to “take it easy on Castro” and improving relations with the country is his way of doing it. It’s simply laughable how nefarious many conservatives believe this president is.

Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparino was also a part of this interview and went on to say, “There’s a whole contingent of lefties that think Cuba is good because they provide socialized medicine.”


First of all, I’ve never heard a single person say, “Yeah, I think Cuba’s system of government is great.” Are there some people out there who might think it is? Of course. But to say that a “whole contingent of lefties” admires Cuba is preposterous.

And might I point out that supporting socialized health care is not a “radical idea.” The vast majority of the industrialized world has socialized health care. You know, like Canada, Australia and Japan – all nations with much longer life expectancies than the United States.

This whole Cuba bashing thing is just another pathetic attempt by the right to try to paint President Obama as some radical anti-American socialist who sits in the Oval Office thinking of ways he can undermine this country. And the sad part is, most conservative voters are ignorant enough to fall for this nonsense.

Watch Stein’s comments below via Fox News by way of Crooks and Liars:


Allen Clifton

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  • Jim Bean

    The conservative concern here is that if you are unwilling to stand by your convictions those hostile to you soon come to regard you as a paper tiger and then have no fear or respect for you. ISIS/Iraq, Putin/Ukraine, and Iran/nukes are good examples of the global impacts of an impotent POTUS.

    • And what good has it done us to “stand by our convictions” with regard to Cuba in the last 60 years? What gains did we make by taking that stance?

      • Jim Bean

        We weren’t doing it for us.

      • Cemetery Girl

        We are supposed to continue this indefinitely so we do not appear weak, but it isn’t for us? Who exactly is the posturing for if not for the US?

      • Jim Bean

        We were doing it to promote the issue of human rights, sometimes at measureable expense to ourselves. When we back down we appear to have abandoned/weakened our commitment to human rights and that empowers those would benefit from oppression of human rights.

      • Cemetery Girl

        We may have said it was human rights (which banning trade and travel only served to hurt the economy, this hurting the people) but our government was pissed that we couldn’t control Castro (as we previously held some control of their government) and Castro re-established the Communist Party in Cuba.
        If we should continue these measures for the sake of human rights, just when do we begin our actions against countries like China, Saudi Arabia? China’s one child policy has brought about infacide (particularly of girls) and an increase in elderly without resources for care (since Chinese culture relies on children, sons actually, caring for their parents in old age.)

    • FD Brian

      well for starters there would be no ISIS if it weren’t for Bush. Putin has been crazy for a long time, but Bush saw into his heart and said he was a good person and I’m all for crushing Putin and we are and guess what, it has cost very little to us and we haven’t seen thousands of Americans to die there. It’s just a matter of time before the Russians kill Putin themselves.

    • Cemetery Girl

      The Organization of American States dropped their sanctions on Cuba in 1975, an action supported by the US. Why exactly should we continue to cling to this 40 years later? It doesn’t make the US look more powerful. We imposed these measures because of their ties to the USSR. The Cold War is over, USSR is dismantled, Fidel is dead, Castro is expected to step down at the end of his term in 2018, and we are to cling to essentially denying the existance of one of our nearest neighboring countries? Rebuilding a relationship with them is beneficial to us. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a very tense time, had our relations been better it might have been avoided entirely. Cuba would like to have our tourism back, be able to export their products to us again, and that can give us at least an amicable relationship that might prevent another country from using Cuba as a staging ground.

      • Jim Bean

        Carter engaged in lots of relationship building with N.Korea. Obama is ‘relationship building’ with Iran in a way that put us at risk of nuclear attack like we’ve not seen since the Cuba Missile Crisis. The Middle East is hopelessly unstable. Sooner or later Islamic extremists will gain control of nuclear weapons and when they do, they WILL use them to launch an attack against Israel and possibly us.

        When the catastrophe comes down, the Liberals who caused it will absolve their consciences of all blame with a simple ‘Well, we meant well” just like always.

      • Cemetery Girl

        And continuing sanctions against Cuba will scare the Middle East into settling down? Yes, the last 40 years it has done wonders for preventing taking US citizens hostage and suppressing terrorist groups from attacking.
        Considering fear of terrorist groups being able to access serious weapons for use against us, wouldn’t it make sense to have at least an amicable relationship with one of our closest neighbors so we would have the means to enter the country and stop any threat of terrorist groups entering to fire from there? We were afraid of missiles that were (at the time) technologically advanced in the 1960’s, exactly the kinds of weapons that are now considered outdated and can easily fall into the hands of terrorist groups (if they’d even take them, there are better weapons now that are still considered outdated and sold off.)

      • Johnl.102

        Why do bagger continue to pretend that terrorist groups never exsisted before Obama had been elected , or Putin never invaded another country before Obama had been elected. Or Iran never exsisted. What is going on in the world today has been going on for a long ,long time. If you don’t think Putin, Iran or any terrorist group fears the US , you need to turn the channel. We have the largest military in the word. Its bigger then the next 8 largest combined. If the didn’t fear us , they would attack us.

      • Jim Bean

        Its not fear. Its lack of opportunity.

  • Eg Kbbs

    The hostilities with Cuba were 50 years ago.

    Meanwhile, Germany was at the middle of WW II only 70 years ago – so how long did we sanction them from plunging the world into world war (both WW I and WW II )?

    • Cemetery Girl

      I think what is more interesting than we quickly developed relations with Germany and Japan is that in 1975 the OAS dropped their sanctions on Cuba. The US, as part of the OAS, voted to drop those sanctions, but continued with the US sanctions. For 40 years now we’ve clung to this even though we agreed as a group of countries it wasn’t needed.