Castro Attacks McCain, No Doubt to McCain's Delight

No doubt to the delight of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., repressive Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has attacked him in one of his Larry King-like columns for the Cuban Communist Party "newspaper" Granma.

"A deluge of speeches and lies they directed at Cuba," Castro writes of McCain and President Bush. "How far they are from knowing Cuba and its people."

"McCain, in his book 'Faith of My Fathers,' admitted that he was among the last five students in his course in West Point," Castro wrote, according to Reuters. "He's showing it."

In Miami earlier this week McCain pledged to uphold the U.S. embargo against Cuba unless and until Cuba frees political prisoners and holds actual elections.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, McCain charged, "wants to sit down unconditionally for a presidential meeting with Raúl Castro," who took the reins (and whip) from his brother Fidel in February. "These steps would send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators -- there is no need to undertake fundamental reforms, they can simply wait for a unilateral change in U.S. policy. I believe we should give hope to the Cuban people, not to the Castro regime.''

Obama spoke to the Cuban-American community today  -- a pivotal group in a key swing state -- and McCain has been hitting him for once having pushed for the embargo to be lifted.

Calling for a new direction when it comes to Cuba, Obama today said as president he would allow unlimited family travel and remittances to the island. "It's time for more than tough talk that never yields results. It’s time for a new strategy,” he said.  "It's time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime." 

Obama said, "John McCain’s been going around the country talking about how much I want to meet with Raul Castro, as if I’m looking for a social gathering - I’m going to invite him over and have some tea. That’s not what I said. John McCain knows it. After eight years of the disastrous policies of George Bush, it is time to pursue direct diplomacy, with friend and foe alike, without preconditions.”

That condemnation from Castro is like an in-kind contribution to the McCain campaign...

And here's the obligatory film reference on this Friday...

Michael Corleone: I saw a strange thing today. Some rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight; the rebels aren't.

Hyman Roth: What does that tell you?

Michael Corleone: It means they could win.

- jpt

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