09/24/13 - New York Post - Critics slam de Blasio's trips to Cuba, Nicaragua
Revelations about Bill de Blasios jaunts to communist Cuba and Nicaragua
arent sitting well with those who battled and fled those countries
I think he ought to be quiet about that, said retired US Army Maj. Gen.
John Singlaub, who aided anti-communist guerrillas in Nicaragua as part of
the 1980s Iran-Contra affair.
People who supported the Sandinistas were doing so in violation of the
announced policy of the United States.
The Democratic public advocate and mayoral front-runner was an admirer
of the communist Sandinistas and traveled to Nicaragua at the age of 26 to
distribute food and medicine in 1988, The New York Times reported Monday.
A member of the National Association of Cuban-American Women also blasted
de Blasios honeymoon in Cuba.
Fidel Castro killed a lot of people in my country in the 60s and 70s.
When you are against him, he will do something against you, she said,
speaking on condition of anonymity because she still has relatives living
in the nation.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said de Blasios globe-hopping to
countries battling the US showed its pretty obvious we think very, very
differently about the way the governments of the world should work.
I believe actions taken like the Sandinistas, who were fighting Americans
as well as capitalism, was absolutely not the right thing to do during the
Cold War, he said.
The former MTA chief also noted that de Blasio in his own words, he
called himself a democratic socialist.
Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión went even further, labeling de
Blasio a radical without a clue.
De Blasio called his opponents criticisms a right-wing tactic, saying,
The reason I got involved in this work from the beginning was I saw
inequalities, I saw unfairness.
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