McLaughlin Group: Obama & Cuba, Rubio & Cuba, Hillary & Cuba, Sony Hack & North Korea, Taliban Attack

Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Mort Zuckerman and Tom Rogan debate.

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Rand Paul: “I Won’t Shy Away From A Battle” Over Rubio’s “Isolationism” on Cuba

SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: Several tweets today, not just one, there were several. Are you trying to pick a fight here? What's going on? SEN. RAND PAUL: Oh, you know, I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight. I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate. I don't doubt that -- BREAM: Meaning yours or Senator Rubio's? PAUL: Well, I didn't start this, Shannon, you know. What I would say is the remarks were intemperate and rude. And so we responded to them. But I would say I don't doubt his sincerity, but I don't think a policy of isolationism really has worked with regard to Cuba. We've isolated, we haven't traded, we haven't had diplomatic relations and the Castros have remained in power for over 50 years and yet we trade with China, we trade with Vietnam, we trade with Laos. We trade with a host of countries that don't have perfect human rights records and yet we don't trade with Cuba. I think maybe trade might loosen things up and might help to topple the Castros... BREAM: How do you respond to those including Senator Rubio who say this is an embargo that really is full of holes, there is all kinds of business going on back and forth, there's travel going on back and forth, how do we know that the embargo would really work if it's never really been enforced, at least not the last couple decades? PAUL: Well, here's the problem, if it's full of holes and doesn't work, why does he want to keep it so much? Why do we want to keep something that's not working? BREAM: Well, what about enforcement of it? Actual enforcement? PAUL: I know. But we have to have a debate really, what is better? Isolationism or engagement? And I think really engaging nations -- look, for seven years we were at logger heads with the Russians and we still are to a certain degree, but yet we have an embassy there, we have diplomatic relations there, and we do trade. We do trade with Cuba. It only goes one way. They don't sell anything to us, we do sell some stuff to them. But I think trade does draw us together. Trade makes us much less likely to fight. We trade with China. I mean, look what happened after the Vietnam War. One of the leaders in opening up Vietnam was John McCain, who said, "Yes, we did fight with them, we lost 50,000 soldiers, but trade is a good way to improve relations." So I think we've tried it for a long time. It isn't working. When we have trade, when they see the extraordinary things that come from capitalism, that's what ultimately will excite the freedom movement in Cuba and ultimately will topple the Castros. ### BREAM: You know when you use the word isolationism or refer to Senator Rubio as taking an isolationist tact, your critics immediately say that is something they feel is maybe the pot calling the kettle black. They point to decisions that you have made over the years -- PAUL: That's just because they misunder -- BREAM: -- on Iran, Israel, ISIS and others. So, clarify for us. PAUL: Here's the thing, Shannon. The reason we point this out is to point out their hypocrisy on this and their misunderstanding of the term. Because I'm one who does believe in trade and diplomacy and engagement around the world. That's the opposite of isolationism. Those who have had a retrenchment and pull back and let's pull back within the United States and not trade and not have any kind of diplomatic relations with people, that is isolationism. So I think it's an instructive point for people to talk about and to learn a little bit more about what actually is and what isn't isolationism. BREAM: How much is this dispute that you two are having about 2016? There's a lot of speculation about both of you running, how much does this planting seeds for that? PAUL: I think it's about the issues. I don't think that there's any certainty that either one of us will run at this point. But the thing is it is about an issue and it's also about a fellow Republican who chose to, I think, use rude and inappropriate language with regard to a fellow Republican. And I think that -- I won't stand for it frankly. If someone's going to cast aspersions on me and not talk about policy, then there will be an altercation and I won't shy from a battle and I think I've shown that.

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A Day in Infamy – Barack Obama’s Cuban Pact

For the most part of the Cuban-American community residing in Miami, Florida, the day of Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, will—more likely than not—go down in their history books as a day in infamy, much the same as did December 7th, 1941, for all Americans. The former, when Barack Obama announced the U.S. restoring full relations with Cuba, including the opening of an embassy in the island—a bold move aimed at ending over 50 years of hostility between the two countries—the latter when the Royal Empire of Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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A Day in Infamy – Barack Obama’s Cuban Pact

For the most part of the Cuban-American community residing in Miami, Florida, the day of Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, will—more likely than not—go down in their history books as a day in infamy, much the same as did December 7th, 1941, for all Americans. The former, when Barack Obama announced the U.S. restoring full relations with Cuba, including the opening of an embassy in the island—a bold move aimed at ending over 50 years of hostility between the two countries—the latter when the Royal Empire of Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Message response to “I’m-not-done” Obama: Neither is the USA!

What Barack and Michelle Obama want most for this Christmas is to ruin yours. “I’m not done,” is the “I’m-Jewish-in-my-soul” Barack’s latest message to a world becoming increasingly deaf to his never-ending egotistical messages.

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