It was Fidel, not Raul, who responded to Barack Obama’s visit to somewhat deflect any possible repercussions to Raul. It gives the evil brothers plausible deniability. Fidel said in a nasty letter that “we don’t need the empire to give us any presents.”
The 1500-word missive was titled “Brother Obama” and was in direct response to Obama’s visit where Obama sold out the United States with apologies and insults aimed at prior administrations.
Obama wanted Cuba to know that we won’t try to overthrow their repressive Communist government according to abc News but what they left out was Obama’s statements to the Argentinians the next day when he said that there is little difference between communism, socialism, and capitalism. We should just pick and choose what we like from each, he said. Obama also complained about our constitution in both Cuba and Argentina, something he is wont to do.
Castro blasted Obama’s statement that “it is time, now, for us to leave the past behind,” writing, “I imagine that any one of us ran the risk of having a heart attack on hearing these words from the President of the United States.”
He quoted from a speech of Obama’s that he gave while visiting the communist island. Castro said Obama’s comments were alien and foreign to Cubans when Obama said, “Cuba, like the United States, was founded by slaves brought from Africa; like the United States, the Cuban people have inheritance in slaves and slaveholders.”
The ruthless dictator 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.
Describing his words as being “laced with honey,” Castro quoted Obama’s speech made in Havana:
It’s high time to forget the past and look to the future, let’s look together, a future of hope. And it will not be easy, there will be challenges, and those we will give it time; but my being here gives me more hope for what we can do together as friends, as family, as neighbors, together.
“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 reviewed an alleged half-century of U.S. aggression against Cuba, including the Bay of Pigs in 1961 and the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner by Cuban ex-pats in the US.
Then he insulted Obama over his drive to develop business ties (even though those ties require businesses to be subservient to the communist dictators).
“No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights,” Fidel Castro wrote sarcastically. “We are capable of producing the food and material wealth that we need with work and intelligence of our people.”
Even after this, SPOX Josh Earnest said today that he wouldn’t rule out a visit by Raul to the US. That’s his response to further humiliation.