July 7, 2007


Bush Imagines Cuba After Castro's Death (Peter Baker, 6/29/07, Washington Post)

President Bush on Thursday openly anticipated the death of ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro, picturing it as an opportunity to bring freedom to the Caribbean island after nearly half a century of iron-fisted rule by the fiery communist leader.

"One day, the good Lord will take Fidel Castro away," Bush said during a question-and-answer session at the U.S. Naval War College here. As the audience laughed and began to applaud, Bush seemed to realize that cheering the death of another head of state, even an enemy, might appear unseemly and quickly quieted the crowd. "No, no, no," he told audience members.

But he then imagined what it would be like once Castro is gone and forecast a debate over how aggressively the United States should try to open up the totalitarian system in Havana. "The question is, what will be the approach of the U.S. government?" he said. "My attitude is that we need to use the opportunity to call the world together to promote democracy as the alternative to the form of government they have been living with."

Allowing his regime to remain in power is one of the signal failures in American history.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2007 11:34 PM

The president should start the ball rolling because it's pretty much a sure thing that Castro bought the farm a while back.

Posted by: erp at July 8, 2007 10:18 AM

Erp - not sure about that given the recent press coverage and fawning interviews by the MSM.

It wouldn't take much to get rid of Castro and push Cuba toward democracy - perhaps Bush has this on his calemdar post 11/08 election.

Posted by: AWW at July 8, 2007 9:21 PM