Castro near death?

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Kidd

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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.

Hey, if he does jump the twig, will we be allowed to pass out the cigars? This is, of course, not the first time that we've heard this but, sooner or later he will have to exit stage left. Maybe this is his time.
Finally...
 

Iris

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Bush needs to grow up in my opinion. Cuba is willing to talk and they blow them off. -.- So what if they are communist? That's there choice. From what I understand, it's quite nice in Cuba...

Grrr. Bush needs to get out of office.
 
R

Redem

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Bush needs to grow up in my opinion. Cuba is willing to talk and they blow them off. -.- So what if they are communist? That's there choice. From what I understand, it's quite nice in Cuba...

Grrr. Bush needs to get out of office.
Well you see it's a bit more complicated girl, see Castro been in power since the late 50's, think about it! nobody can democracticly stay in power 40 years! You see their is virtually zero freedom of speech in Cuba and I think they used (not sure they still do it) to bust on gay people in jail.
 

Fresh

Aw, Here It Goes!
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On the news I heard he has cancer and they say he wont live past 2007.
 

Vidic15

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V.I.P.
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He is ought to die somewhere near January. It is taking him ages to die. He had operation ages ago. i knew people who died 10 days after a operation of cancer. But 6 months..that's a lot.
 

Kyo_Muramasa

Nefarious Kaizoku Capt'n
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It takes longer for the wrong to die than the good. With that said it may take awhile, but give it time, and he shall die off. Who knows the outcome of the of his Death anyway and how Cuba will come to prosper.