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September 9, 2013 - 11:38 am

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg recently visited Cuba. He had dinner with Fidel Castro. Castro had something very interesting to say.

We were seated around a smallish table; Castro, his wife, Dalia, his son; Antonio; Randy Alonso, a major figure in the government-run media; and Julia Sweig, the friend I brought with me to make sure, among other things, that I didn’t say anything too stupid (Julia is a leading Latin American scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations). I initially was mainly interested in watching Fidel eat – it was a combination of digestive problems that conspired to nearly kill him, and so I thought I would do a bit of gastrointestinal Kremlinology and keep a careful eye on what he took in (for the record, he ingested small amounts of fish and salad, and quite a bit of bread dipped in olive oil, as well as a glass of red wine). But during the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), 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.”

Castro admits that the government can be too big for its own good. Someone get word to Barack Obama, stat!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Atlantic article you linked to dates from September, 2010.

Julia Sweig is misidentified as a leading Latin American scholar. Her true job title is Agent of Influence for the Castro regime, while Jeffrey Goldberg is merely an unprincipled and craven liberal toady to the Cuban dictator.
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So still try it here?
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“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.”

You left out the later juicier bit:

"Castro later also said that his perpetual motion machine was a disaster too. Julia said "He isn't rejecting the idea of perpetual motion. I took it to be an acknowledgement that his Cuban model's gyro was too large."

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Well Fidel... It took you just half a century to figure that out? Give him the Nobel Peace Prize before he kicks the bucket!
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Just like every other communist, or socialist experiment ever undertaken......
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It doesn't work "anymore" because it never did, and never could.

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