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Friday, October 19, 2012

Is Fidel Castro at Death's Door?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Huffington Post says:

Fidel Castro has suffered a serious, "embolic" stroke, according to a Venezuelan physician cited by The Miami Herald.

Jose Marquina, who spoke with El Nuevo Herald and claims "firsthand sources and information" about Castro's health, described the former leader's condition as "very close to a neurovegetative state." Castro is reportedly incapacitated, and "has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing faces," Marquina said.

Here's Richard Nixon, in 1960:

As Eisenhower's vice president, Nixon was obligated not to reveal his administration's secret foreign policy plans, so he could only lamely respond to Kennedy's taunts. Cuba, he insisted, was not "lost." Nixon knew that the White House had started training Cuban exiles, and he was probably aware that the CIA was working on a plan to poison Castro's cigars, but the vice president could only barely allude to such knowledge, which just made him sound complacent. "The United States," Nixon said, "has the power, and Mr. Castro knows it, to throw him out of office any day that we would choose to."

Man, Nixon was right about everything, wasn't he?

 

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Will in Seattle 1
My dad did signals interception during the Cuban Missile Crisis when he was in the USAF.

The second Castro dies, let's just end the embargo in return for Cuba holding the GITMO trials for us.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on October 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I won't lie. As a child of the sixties, I can't wait to see his cold corpse. Bastard.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 3
Where's Castro's so called "Socialized Medicine" now?

Not much help, is it?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on October 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
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Yeah El Nuevo Herald , the bone that the Miami Herald throws to the crazy Cubans in Dade County is a reliable source with deep connections in the Island. Next you'll be citing Beck. El Nuevo Herald is as credible as Cuba's Granma. Crazy Cubans in Dade have been killing Fidel for 60 years. Thei leader Mas Canosa died 10 years ago and the republican loving Exiles still live for the day an old man dies. He proly died last year, but El Nuevo Herald will be the last to know.
Posted by SeMe on October 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
5
Nixon was right about ending the war in Vietnam, approving the Space Shuttle, and Title 9, and creating the EPA.

It's so fucking lazy to hate on Nixon.
Posted by Tyler Pierce on October 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 6
@5, it's also lazy to point out some serious flaws in Obama but hey, it's Slog so let's be lazy!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 7
Yeah! We got him! USA! USA! USA!
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on October 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 8
@ 3

Fidel Castro is 86. Socialized medicine seems to have served him just fine.

P.S. We have socialized medicine in this KKKuntree too--it's called Medicare.
Posted by Original Andrew on October 19, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
doloresdaphne 9
I will be sad when Castro dies.
Posted by doloresdaphne on October 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
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@5 Yeah he did some good things, why does anyone even talk about his list of enemies, money laundering, or his subversion of the very democratic principles this country was founded on. All that did was shake America's faith in it's government to this very day. What a load of fucking nothing!

P.S. Yeah Nixon really wanted to end the war in Vietnam, it was distracting him from his passion of secretly bombing Cambodia and Laos.
Posted by Hanging in C.C on October 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 11
Cuba is a mess. Like many other Caribbean countries, it,s been a mess ever since colonization began. repeated interference by foreign powers with no real investment in improving the lives of the people living there, a series of petty dictators and con-men Presidents-just when you think that place can't get any worse, it does.

Everyone wants a magic bullet-just get rid of Castro and Cuba will be a wonderful place. That's what we said about the Duvaliers in Haiti, too. But the problems in this region are deep, systemic problems reinforced by constant foreign intervention. The only thing that will save these countries is if the rest of the world just backs the fuck off and lets them collapse, rebuild from the ashes in an organic or natural way, and develop on their own. Our repeated attempts at "development" never work or serve only to prop up some insane monster of a leader, whether it be Fulgencio Battista or Papa and Baby Doc.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on October 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM · Report this
12
I agree with @11, but I'll still be happy when Castro is gone.
Posted by BallardBoy on October 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM · Report this

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