Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama and the Castros

President Obama's participation in the summit had two effects you don't see too often: first, to make Fidel and Raúl disagree publicly; and second, to put Fidel on the defensive. After Raúl talked in nice ways about Obama and suggested that Cuba might free political prisoners, Fidel says everyone misinterpreted him. Then he explained the way he wants Raúl to be interpreted.

Further, in Granma Fidel wrote a blistering column against the summit's final declaration, a document no one cares about. The success of the summit, of course, had nothing to do with the declaration and everything to do with Obama's attitude. And for Fidel, that stinks.

5 comments:

mike a,  3:01 PM  

And with that, we see why every US president since Eisenhower has had little choice but to maintain the status quo. Nothing is going to change until Fidel dies. It also reinforces that when he does die, all hell will break loose, as there is little respect and virtually no fear of Raul.

Justin Delacour 7:39 PM  

President Obama's participation in the summit had two effects you don't see too often: first, to make Fidel and Raúl disagree publiclyActually, Greg, there is no evidence of any such disagreement, but no doubt it suits your own political purposes to imagine that such a rift exists.

Fidel Castro's own interpretation of Raul's words is actually more plausible than your own.

"When the President of Cuba said he was ready to discuss any topic with the U.S. President, he meant he was not afraid of addressing any issue," Fidel Castro wrote of his 77-year-old brother, who succeeded him as president 14 months ago.

boz 8:37 AM  

Definitely ahead of the curve on this one Greg. A whole bunch of articles have been released today (24 hours after you wrote this) speculating on the Fidel-Raul disagreement.

Justin Delacour 5:09 PM  

Definitely ahead of the curve on this one Greg....

Ah, yes. Boz --the quintessential divide-and-conquer Washington strategist-- can confirm that Fidel and Raul are on the outs with one another because other divide-and-conquer strategists are absolutely positive that they can read the Castros' minds.

What a delight it is to see that Greg has now joined this super-clairvoyant club.

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