When Barack Obama announced his historic visit to Cuba, he stated that it was “to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.”
And how did that turn out? He managed to steer clear of bowing to any foreign leaders this time, but he was hardly respected.
After Obama’s departure, Fidel Castro opened up to the media about Obama’s visit, and it was hardly encouraging.
Via The Hill:
Fidel Castro rebuked President Obama in a lengthy diatribe Monday just days after the president’s historic visit to Cuba.
The former Cuban revolutionary leader published a letter in state-controlled media titled “Brother Obama,” in which he recalled the U.S.’s past efforts to overthrow his government.
Judging by his next comments, it becomes clear that Castro still believes that we’re living in an age of imperialism.
“We do not need the empire to give us anything,” Castro wrote.
Obama sought to convince Cubans that the U.S. isn’t interested in reprising past efforts to overthrow the Castro regime.
But Fidel Castro rattled off a laundry list of past U.S. aggression against Cuba, including the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. And he lectured the U.S. about its role in propping up South Africa’s apartheid government, which Castro opposed.
“My modest suggestion is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics,” Castro wrote of Obama.
The president’s efforts to allow U.S. businesses to operate in Cuba also appeared to have angered Castro, who seized American business and property during the 1959 Cuban revolution.
By most measures, Cuba’s economy is on life support. But Castro insisted the communist system he put in place can provide for the island’s citizens.
The Cuban economy is in shambles, but Castro would rather it be in shambles than flourishing while doing business with the US. Why? Because our embargo on Cuba has provided Castro with a scapegoat that he desperately needs – and he’s not going to let that go anytime soon.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]