Castro on the Cuban model: Eh, not so much (SHHH, don’t tell Obama!)

Dude.  From Jeffery Goldberg:

I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.

“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.

This struck me as the mother of all Emily Litella moments. Did the leader of the Revolution just say, in essence, “Never mind”?

I asked Julia 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.”

Ya think?

In case you need a refresher, the AP handily summarizes the extent of “the state” in Cuba:

The state controls well over 90 percent of the economy, paying workers salaries of about $20 a month in return for free health care and education, and nearly free transportation and housing. At least a portion of every citizen’s food needs are sold to them through ration books at heavily subsidized prices.

In other words: an Obama wet dream.

Trouble in paradise:

President Raul Castro and others have instituted a series of limited economic reforms, and have warned Cubans that they need to start working harder and expecting less from the government.

Americans would do well with the same message, eh?

Allahpundit posits the theory that maybe this is ol’ Fidel’s way of reaching out and hinting that a few well-placed American dollars wouldn’t be a bad idea, i.e. loosening the embargo, and wonders if Rubio could advance the idea further.  Something to consider, no?


The comment thread at Hot Air is too good to pass up.  Selected gems:

Reagan Smiles down from the clouds.

Hollywood collectively craps its pants.

And millions of unwashed asses in Che t-shirts are too stoned to notice.


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  1. […] of humans eating out of his hand and clapping like trained seals. Read the rest.  She takes Jeffery Goldberg to task for swallowing Fidel’s lures hook, line and …: Castro again has an urgent need to put a smiley face on his dictatorship. The economy is […]

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