By now we have seen the footage of the people of Cuba protesting in the streets. The media narrative is that they are protesting over electricity blackouts, vaccines, and other shortages that are a feature of every Socialist regime on the planet. But if you actually listen, the protesters are yelling “Libertad!” or “liberty.” Further, interviews with the protesters go a lot deeper than just complaints about daily electricity shortages.

The People of Cuba Want Freedom From Socialism

“We are here because of the repression against the people. They’re starving us to death. Havana is collapsing we have no house, we have nothing, but they have money to build hotels and they have us starving.”

The response of President Biden’s administration was pretty tepid and really directed towards the government of Cuba rather than the Cuban people themselves,

    “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime. The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

This soft-soap response ought to sound familiar. What we are seeing in Cuba is an uprising against a brutal communist dictatorship. We also saw this in 2009 in Iran during the Green Movement Revolution. Similarly, then, the U.S., under President Obama, issued a weak response that failed to support those who tried to throw off the yoke of Islamist extremism in Tehran.

President Obama said during a White House press conference at the time,

“My hope and expectation is that we’re going to continue to see the people of Iran have the courage to be able to express their yearning for greater freedoms and a more representative government, understanding that America cannot ultimately dictate what happens inside of Iran any more than it could inside of Egypt.”

President Biden was then vice president. He likely had some voice in the U.S. response as President Obama had often said that Biden was a part of every important decision he made while president. Unfortunately, the reason President Obama responded so weakly to the Green Revolution in Iran is also the reason President Biden is responding weakly to the aspirations of the Cuban people now.