Cuba's Dictators Are More Harmful To National Security Than Iran's

  • Barack Obama, in the most significant reversal of U.S. policy on Cuba in decades, will let Cuban-Americans visit the country and send relatives money. But don't think that means any American can visit. [NY Times]
  • Given how that step towards ending ineffective sanctions has been hailed as a sea change with serious potential consequences, you're probably wondering why no one is freaking out that Obama is considering starting multinational negotiations with Iran before they cease enriching uranium. Or else you're not because making sure no one plays reindeer games with Fidel Castro seems more important. [NY Times]
  • Or maybe you're just too focused on the fact that Spain is really going forward with criminal charges against former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Federal Appeals Court Judge and former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, University of California law professor and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, former Defense Department general counsel and current Chevron lawyer William J. Haynes II, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff David Addington, and former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith for creating the legal climate in which Americans were allowed to torture detainees — but they're only doing it because Obama's people won't promise that we will. [Daily Beast]
  • We will, however, continue investigating Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to figure out whether he new his top fundraiser was trying to bribe former Governor Rod Blagojevich to give Jackson Obama's old Senate seat. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • And let's not forget Todd Palin's half sister, who was just indicted on charges that she broke into some dude's house twice with her 4-year-old in tow. And, no, she didn't know the guy. [Anchorage Daily News]
  • By the way, the first court to officially declare Al Franken the winner of the 2008 Minnesota race did so yesterday, so it's only a couple of years before the U.S. Supreme Court decides Norm Coleman really won and Minnesota gets its second Senator. [Politico]
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas thinks Americans have too many Constitutional rights. God damn that 19th Amendment anyway. [NY Times]
  • Mexican ambassador to the US, Arturo Sarukhan, thinks the U.S. should legalize pot to stop the Mexican cartel violence. And if you think your ganja habit isn't supporting drug violence 'cause it's all coke, think again: half of the cartels' revenues come from pot. [Huffington Post]
  • Oh, and that Crazytown marital-rape supportings, KKK-loving, abortion-hating dude Sarah Palin nominated for Attorney General thinks she's pretty hot.[Huffington Post]