Castro Criticizes Obama on GITMO, Israel support

January 30th, 2009 - 5:04 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Jan.30 (ANI): Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has released another blog post, where he has criticized President Barack Obama.
In a post on Cuban Web site entitled Deciphering the Thinking of the New United States President,” Castro takes Obama to task for saying that returning Guantanamo to Cuban control would depend on whether it might have even a minimal impact on U.S. defense capacities.
Castro also criticizes Obama for saying that Cuba would have to make concessions first a position Castro characterized as demanding a change in its political system, a price Cuba has fought against paying for the last half century.
Castro reiterates Cubas positionthat the base is occupied against the will of the Cuban people and violates the most elemental principles of international law.
Its within the U.S. presidents power to return the base, writes Castro, and not to do so is an act of arrogance and an abuse of his immense power against a small country.
The lease on the Guantanamo naval base does not have an expiration date and has been occupied since the end of the Spanish-American War, when it first served as a coaling station.
Castro also attacks the statements made by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, which, he notes, reflect a continuation of the previous administrations policy of total support for Israel.
He accuses the United States of having turned Israel into an important nuclear power. (ANI)

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