November 18, 2005


US eyes Cuba's future as CIA says Castro has Parkinson's (ALEX MASSIE, 11/18/05, The Scotsman)

"About one year ago, we started seeing some pretty definitive stuff that he had Parkinson's,'' said one government official who has seen the CIA report on Castro's health.

"If the assessment is correct, you could expect there to be effects on his ability to come to grips with fresh challenges over the next several years."

The Bush administration is already looking to the future and recently created the new position of "transition co-ordinator" within the State Department, dedicated to planning for a post-Castro environment.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2005 7:26 AM

Any guesses how many analysts looked at how many photos for how many hours to come up with this "assessment?"

Posted by: curt at November 18, 2005 8:28 AM

If nothing else, the story's good for a politically incorrect headline like "Castro's future looking shaky".

Posted by: John at November 18, 2005 9:03 AM

Good gawd, that's ridiculous even by CIA standards.

They'd be better off just saying something along the lines of, "He's old. He's getting older. He will die sometime. His brother will take over. Here's what we think will happen."

Of course, the problem is that they can't pull of that last part substantively, and may not even be willing to predict that Bro takes over.

The best intelligence our tax dollars can buy at work! :)

Posted by: kevin whited at November 18, 2005 9:56 AM

yeah, but I like the idea of maybe throwing some 'freah challeges' at him..

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at November 18, 2005 11:10 AM

Was that Bill Frist doing the long-distance, videotape diagnosis?

Posted by: dave at November 18, 2005 11:29 AM


Good way to define the Left: they want Terri Schiavo dead and Fidel alive.

Posted by: oj at November 18, 2005 11:45 AM

Hey, at least his health care is free.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 18, 2005 11:58 AM



Good way to define the Right: not content to meddle in everybody's lives here, they want to do it around the world as well.

Posted by: dave at November 18, 2005 12:20 PM



Posted by: oj at November 18, 2005 12:30 PM

Parkinsons: long term debilitation and suffering.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 18, 2005 12:32 PM

So much for the conservative ideal of getting the government off people's backs.

Posted by: dave at November 18, 2005 1:19 PM

That's a libertarian idea, not a conservative one. You can't turn a blind eye to evil and pretend you're conserving anything worth having.

Posted by: oj at November 18, 2005 1:38 PM

of course the leftists never interfere in anyone's life, except of course the 100 million innocent people they murdered over the years. guffaw.

Posted by: lenins toe at November 18, 2005 10:38 PM