Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle

Obama’s erratic quest to find a legacy to leave behind has reached a new low last week. His decision to begin talks with Cuba and normalize full diplomatic relations after 50 years is not only unprecedented, but extremely dangerous. Obama traded three Cuban spies for American Alan Gross who had been held captive in Cuba for nearly five years – the precedent set with this move is dangerous.

This naïve display by Obama sends the message to the rest of our enemies that if they are able to successfully capture an American citizen, they will be able to gain leverage in negotiations with America. Senator Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, has been the resonating voice for Republicans on this issue, stating, “This entire policy shift […] is based on an illusion, based on a lie […] I’m committed to doing everything I can to unravel as many of these changes as possible.”

The fact that Obama is willing to negotiate with a dictator who has suppressed his people for so long is almost incomprehensible. There is absolutely no reason the United States should be involved with trying to speak reason to a tyrant regime. The Castro brothers undoubtedly have no intention of beginning to treat the citizens of Cuba in a humane manner, no matter what Obama thinks. This administration refuses to accept that it is impossible to reason with individuals or groups who do not think or act in a rational manner. Obama’s fantastical view of the world is so far detached from reality that it has only continued to weaken the United States on the world stage – almost to the point of irreparable damage.

Thankfully, Obama cannot lift the embargo with Cuba as President of the United States – it would take an act of Congress to do so thanks to the Helms-Burton Act of 1996. In order to lift the embargo without the nod from Congress, “the Cuban government would have to give the Cuban people a number of rights – of association, speech, political activity, etc.” all of which the Castro brothers have already made clear, are not going to happen.

It is up to Congress now to stand tall and finally send a crystal clear message to the Obama Administration that the United States of America has never negotiated with dictators and does not intend to begin in 2014. Republicans and Democrats on the Hill must remain united in battling Obama on this issue, Democrat Robert Menendez, who is the outgoing Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman put out a statement Wednesday saying, “Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invited dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.” Obama’s desperation for a legacy to leave behind is apparent….thanks to him, now America is now in the business of negotiating with our enemies.