Fidel Castro accuses Obama of treating Latin America with contempt
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro accused Barack Obama of looking down on Latin America.
Fidel Catro Barack Obama criticized Barack Obama for signing an agreement with Colombia that “expands the use of seven military bases in the heart of our America” and he considered that decision “outrageous”, adding that it’s “cynical” from Washington to call Cuba terrorist.
Castro’s statements were published in Granma, the official press organ of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP), in column “Reflections of Comrade Fidel.”
The President of the United States is wrong and his advisors are wrong to continue down this sordid route, treating the people of Latin America with such contempt,” Castro was reported declaring.
“With the use of these bases the United States threatens not only Venezuela, but all the peoples Central and South America,” said Castro.
“This is not an act from Bush’s administration; it’s Barack Obama who endorses that agreement, violating legal and constitutional laws,” he added.
The Former Cuban leader was a strong critic of Bush’s policies towards Latin America. On a previous occasion he accused the United States of influencing the coup in Honduras, specifically from the “yankee Palmerola military base” in the Central American nation.
Castro had said that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the US president in October was a “positive step” towards “a call for peace and finding solutions that lead to the survival of the species”.
He recalled later that “the coup in Honduras was carried out under the current U.S. administration.
“A country like Cuba is well aware that after the United States gains access to its military bases, it leaves if they want to, or they stay by force like they have done in Guantanmo Bay for more than a hundred years,” said Castro for whom the combat against drug trafficking is a “pretext”.
“The Yankee military bases in Latin America emerged a lot before than drugs, with interventional purposes,” he said.
Castro, 83, has not been seen in public since he delegated power in 2006, but he often expresses his views on national issues through these columns.