Fidel Castro to Obama: We don't need your 'presents'

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HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro responded Monday to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba with a long, bristling letter recounting the history of U.S. aggression against Cuba, writing that "we don't need the empire to give us any presents."

The 1,500-word letter in state media titled "Brother Obama" was Castro's first response to the president's three-day visit last week, in which the American president said he had come to bury the two countries' history of Cold War hostility. Obama did not meet with the 89-year-old Fidel Castro on the trip but met several times with his 84-year-old brother Raul Castro, the current Cuban president.

Obama's visit was intended to build irreversible momentum behind his opening with Cuba and to convince the Cuban people and the Cuban government that a half-century of U.S. attempts to overthrow the Communist government had ended, allowing Cuban to reform its economy and political system without the threat of U.S. interference.

Fidel Castro writes of Obama: "My modest suggestion is that he reflects and doesn't try to develop theories about Cuban politics."

Castro, who led Cuba for decades before handing power to his brother in 2008, was legendary for his hours-long, all-encompassing speeches. His letter reflects that style, presenting a sharp contrast with Obama's tightly focused speech in Havana. Castro's letter opens with descriptions of environmental abuse under the Spaniards and reviews the historical roles of Cuban independence heroes Jose Marti, Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez.

Castro then goes over crucial sections of Obama's speech line by line, engaging in an ex-post-facto dialogue with the American president with pointed critiques of perceived slights and insults, including Obama's failure to give credit to indigenous Cubans and Castro's prohibition of racial segregation after coming to power in 1959.

Quoting Obama's declaration that "it is time, now, for us to leave the past behind," the man who shaped Cuba during the second half of the 20th century writes that "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."

Castro then returns to a review of a half-century of U.S. aggression against Cuba. Those events include the decades-long U.S. trade embargo against the island; the 1961 Bay of Pigs attack and the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner backed by exiles who took refuge in the U.S.

He ends with a dig at the Obama administration's drive to increase business ties with Cuba. The Obama administration says re-establishing economic ties with the U.S. will be a boon for Cuba, whose centrally planned economy has struggled to escape from over-dependence on imports and a chronic shortage of hard currency.

The focus on U.S-Cuba business ties appears to have particularly rankled Castro, who nationalized U.S. companies after coming to power in 1959 and establishing the communist system into which his brother is now introducing gradual market-based reforms.

"No one should pretend that the people of this noble and selfless country will renounce its glory and its rights," Fidel Castro wrote. "We are capable of producing the food and material wealth that we need with with work and intelligence of our people."

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Andy C

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Obama fancies himself as the great Uniter. Seriously? IMO, the USA is more hated by countries than anytime in our history. Muslims for the most part can't stand his weakness, even though Obama appears to favor them, and is willing to give away our security in order to be liked. It's all about building his legacy, and history may not be to kind to this President.

Obama tries to make nice with Cuba, and as soon as Obama leaves, what happens? Same old rhetoric coming from another Country's leader who can't stand the USA.
 

lightofmylife

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Obama fancies himself as the great Uniter. Seriously? IMO, the USA is more hated by countries than anytime in our history. Muslims for the most part can't stand his weakness, even though Obama appears to favor them, and is willing to give away our security in order to be liked. It's all about building his legacy, and history may not be to kind to this President.

Obama tries to make nice with Cuba, and as soon as Obama leaves, what happens? Same old rhetoric coming from another Country's leader who can't stand the USA.
His future without being saved will not be kind to him either. He best get right with God before it is too late!
 

athenasius

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It's the same strategy he employs with communism around the world. Ignore it, and launch another platitude offensive towards anyone who wonders about his grip on reality.

I'm surprised he didn't give Guantanamo away as a gift to his hosts. But maybe Raoul, Fidel's brother snubbing him when he arrived at the airport, looking for a welcome and Raoul just didn't show up, maybe that cut Obama to the quick and he decided to KEEP Guantanamo just to spite the Castro brothers. Show THEM who is boss.
 

Andy C

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It's the same strategy he employs with communism around the world. Ignore it, and launch another platitude offensive towards anyone who wonders about his grip on reality.

I'm surprised he didn't give Guantanamo away as a gift to his hosts. But maybe Raoul, Fidel's brother snubbing him when he arrived at the airport, looking for a welcome and Raoul just didn't show up, maybe that cut Obama to the quick and he decided to KEEP Guantanamo just to spite the Castro brothers. Show THEM who is boss.
What's hilarious is you could be right about our President. Not that your statement is hilarious, it's Obamas way of thinking that's hilarious. The Problem with this line of thinking is the joke has been on the USA for the last 7 plus years.
 

lightofmylife

Blessed Hope-Prepare To Fly!
What's hilarious is you could be right about our President. Not that your statement is hilarious, it's Obamas way of thinking that's hilarious. The Problem with this line of thinking is the joke has been on the USA for the last 7 plus years.
His big ego, and so-called legacy is his imagination running away with him, and unfortunately he thinks misery loves company. We are suffering because of the lack of proper decision making he has done to America!
 
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