Castro Near Death, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says




 
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Castro Near Death, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says
 
December 15th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

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Castro Near Death, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says
Washington Post
December 15, 2006
Pg. 23

By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writer
Cuban President Fidel Castro is very ill and close to death, Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte said yesterday.
"Everything we see indicates it will not be much longer . . . months, not years," Negroponte told a meeting of Washington Post editors and reporters.
Castro relinquished power for the first time in 47 years after surgery July 31 for an undisclosed intestinal disorder. His brother, Raul, has assumed Castro's duties, but Cuban authorities have repeatedly insisted that he is recovering and eventually will return to office. He was last seen in an Oct. 28 video, shown on Cuban national television, in which he appeared gaunt and weak and warned that his convalescence would be lengthy.
The Cuban leader did not show up as anticipated at a Dec. 2 national celebration in Havana scheduled to commemorate his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. In a brief speech at the event, Raul Castro imparted no message from his brother but said that Cuba is willing to open negotiations with the United States "to settle the long U.S.-Cuba disagreement."
In rejecting the offer this week, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters that the Bush administration will deal with Cuba's Communist government only when it shows a commitment to democracy. During the period of uncertainty under Raul Castro, Shannon said, "the regime has actually become harder and more orthodox and is not in a position to signal in any meaningful way what direction it will take post-Fidel."
Congressional advocates of easing long-standing U.S. sanctions against Cuba are scheduled to fly to the island today for a three-day visit exploring potential policy changes under Raul Castro. The bipartisan group of 10 is the largest congressional delegation to visit Cuba.
December 15th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
I got a nice Cuban cigar to smoke as soon as the news comes out he's dead and a bottle of Cuban rum to top it off.
December 15th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
I think a lot of us do
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Castro Near Death, U.S. Intelligence Chief Says
December 15th, 2006  
Rob Henderson
 
 
If and when he dies, I say we head into Cuba and overthrow the government while they temporarily have no head.
December 15th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
First lets clean up our mess in the Middle East, I'm sure the Cubans will right things.
December 15th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
come on BD... it's called multitasking...
December 15th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
Man, a U238 suppository sure takes a long time to work.
December 16th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
LMAO... nice one, ok fine I'd just prefer we multi-task with Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and maybe finish the job in Somalia since its now housing and training a truck load of Islamic extremists, you might go so far as to call it Neo-Afghanistan. The Cubans are pretty proud people and given the chance they'll right things.
December 16th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 
I think may Cubans both in and outside of Cuba will be very happy when Fidel finally meets up with the devil in hell!
December 16th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Team Infidel
come on BD... it's called multitasking...
TI, I see you haven't gotten to the six sigma lesson that proves multi-tasking is a non value added exercise. Man, I flunked that one bad. I can't, well, what President Johnson said about Gerald Ford. If you don't remember, it was something about simultaneous flatulence and gum chewing.
 


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