Skip to comments.U.S.: Talk of Cuban Invasion 'Absurd'
Posted on 08/05/2006 9:51:54 AM PDT by SmithL
HAVANA, Cuba -- Former revolutionaries promised to keep fighting for Cuba on Saturday as the island beefed up security, saying it fears a U.S. attack during Fidel Castro's health crisis.
The government, under the control of Castro's brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, has mobilized citizen defense militias and asked military reservists to check in daily.
The White House has insisted no such threat exists, with press secretary Tony Snow dismissing the suggestion that the United States would attack the island as "absurd."
The Communist Party daily newspaper Granma issued a front-page statement by the Association of Combatants of the Cuban Revolution expressing confidence that Castro would be back on his feet soon.
"We will continue working with the same revolutionary fervor that you taught us," the veterans' group assured Castro.
Neither of the Castros has been seen since Monday's announcement that Fidel, 79, had undergone surgery and was temporarily ceding power to Raul, 75. No new details were provided on Castro's condition following the surgery for intestinal bleeding.
The Bush administration rejected the idea that it would take advantage of Castro's illness to attack the island.
"The U.S. has absolutely no designs on invading Cuba," Snow said in Crawford, Texas, where President Bush was vacationing at his ranch. "Cubans are going to have to chart their destiny. It's the one thing that they've been deprived during the dictatorship of Fidel Castro."
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Darn, and I wanted those cigars so bad....
I keep thinking of a scene in Wood yee's movie "Bananas"!
Just parachute guns and grenades all over the island and let Cubans themselves take care of their commie problem. I don't mind at all if Americans do it, but I think it'd be much more satisfying for Cubans to do it themselves.
Rumours in MIA: Castro is dead. Perhaps a coup from the inside? Raul dead also?
Might that be the cloning project?