Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cuban Myths Will Test Obama

From the headline of this article it is fairly easy to guess the political slant of the reporters who wrote it. The there's the first paragraph, and whatever little doubt might've existed evaporates.

When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he will become the 11th U.S. president since Fidel Castro came to power on Jan. 1, 1959. Indeed, Fidel was already in charge when Mr. Obama was born. That the Cuban regime has lasted half a century just 90 miles from U.S. shores – and nearly two decades after the end of the Cold War – is remarkable. It is a testament to the comandante's political genius, to the cruel effectiveness of totalitarian repression and to Washington's ham-handed approach to the island.

11 President: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. 50 years since the barbudos kicked out Batista's remnants. That is so often overlooked, conveniently: Castro and his ragtag army deposed a corrupt regime that oppressed its own people, that consorted with criminals from the US, allowed the US State Department to set policy, that allowed the Mafia and rich US Americans to use Cuba as their whorehouse, their bar and their playground. And soon the US government was attempting to depose Castro.

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