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Fidel Castro says his comment on Cuban model was misunderstood

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Havana, Cuba (CNN) -- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro said Friday that he was misinterpreted when he recently told an American journalist that the Cuban model no longer works.

In a speech at the University of Havana that was then broadcast on Cuban TV, Castro said he meant "exactly the opposite" of what was understood by Jeffrey Goldberg, who was interviewing him for The Atlantic.

According to Goldberg, when he asked Castro during an interview last week if the Cuban model could be exported, the 84-year-old former leader answered: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

The comment was widely interpreted as Castro's admission that the Soviet-style economic model he introduced after his revolution no longer works.

Goldberg wrote on The Atlantic's blog that he turned to Julia Sweig of the Council on Foreign Affairs, who was present at the interview, "to interpret this stunning statement for me."

"She said, 'He wasn't rejecting the ideas of the revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under "the Cuban model" the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country,' " he wrote.

On Friday, Castro said that he was correctly quoted but that, "in reality, my answer meant exactly the opposite of what both American journalists interpreted regarding the Cuban model."

"My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world," he said. "How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?"
 

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He was misunderstood was he?

That's presumably why it took him a whole week to contradict himself and say the direct opposite of what he actually uttered. Hardly a rush to set the record straight. (Or perhaps bent in this case.)


A week's a long time in politics, as he well knows thanks to his personal 'leadership' almost taking the world to nuclear war in 1962!

In that time the nepostistic ruling elite in Cuba could have bent his ear good and proper, mass-murdering bigoted pig or no mass-murdering bigoted pig!


My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world," he said. "How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?"

Way to twist it! And it's always the rest of the world's system to blame for his own regime's failures!
 
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Our system works just fine when allowed to operate without progressive interference and was done in the home loan industry. Spread the wealth only acts to lower everyone's living standard, and along with raising taxes kills growth dead in its tracks, just as is underway right (bleeping) now by the Amateur in Chief and his dumb ass deciples.

"My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system no longer works for the United States or the world," he said. "How could such a system work for a socialist country like Cuba?"
 
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