If the pictures of President Obama doing "the Wave" with Cuba's junior dictator Raul Castro only hours after the carnage in Brussels weren't embarrassing enough, now Fidel Castro has written Obama a nasty letter that makes the president look truly deluded about what his legacy Cuba policy can accomplish.
In a 1,500 word letter addressed to "Brother Obama," the semi-retired Cuban dictator, who didn't actually meet Obama during the president's trip to Cuba, gives the distinct impression that he is not interested in heeding Obama's let's-be-family rhetoric. Nor has Castro lost his ardor for the famously lucrative communist revolution he led (and which our clueless president compared to the American Revolution).
Here is a report on the letter:
"One assumes that every one of us ran the risk of a heart attack listening to these words," Castro said in his column, dismissing Obama's comments as "honey-coated" and reminding Cubans of the many U.S. efforts to overthrow and weaken the Communist government.
Castro, 89, laced his opinion piece with nationalist sentiment and, bristling at Obama's offer to help Cuba, said the country was able to produce the food and material riches it needs with the efforts of its people.
"We don't need the empire to give us anything," he wrote.
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Fidel Castro blasted Obama for not referring in his speech to the extermination of native peoples in both the United States and Cuba, not recognizing Cuba's gains in health and education, and not coming clean on what he might know about how South Africa obtained nuclear weapons before apartheid ended, presumably with the aid of the U.S. government.
"My modest suggestion is that he reflects (on the U.S. role in South Africa and Cuba's in Angola) and not now try to elaborate theories about Cuban politics," Castro said.
Castro also took aim at the tourism industry in Cuba, which has grown further since Obama's rapprochement with Raul Castro in December 2014. He said it was dominated by large foreign corporations which took for granted billion-dollar profits.
Obama's visit to Cuba was definitely a legacy item–for the Castros.
Katie Pavlich comments:
During a joint press conference in Havana last week, Raul Castro openly criticized the United States on human rights issues, pointing out the lack of single-payer healthcare. Later, President Obama said he didn't necessarily disagree.
Meanwhile in Cuba, basic human rights like free speech, freedom of religion and freedom to assemble are non-existent. Those who dare to engage in the practice of these rights are thrown in jail, just like the more than 50 dissidents who were arrested by the Cuban government just hours prior to Obama's arrival.
President Obama came into office and soon thereafter made an incredibly naive speech in Cairo to the Muslim world. His trip to Cuba is the bookend to that speech. Has he learned nothing in the last seven years? Don't answer that.