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Fidel Castro’s Last Stand
Newsweek ^ | December 17, 2012 | A. L. Bardach

Posted on 12/25/2012 3:42:45 PM PST by re_tail20

In the wee hours of Dec. 10, the recently reelected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, boarded his private jet for Havana to undergo a fourth round of surgery in his battle against cancer.

Surrounded by his inner circle, the 58-year-old populist, donning a blue and white tracksuit, stood at the top of the stairs of his plane, embraced his closest advisers, then punched the air with his fist and shouted, “¡Hasta la vida siempre!” (“Onward into life always!”)

One day earlier Chávez conceded what many had surmised: that his cancer had returned. In June 2011 he had surgery in Havana to remove “a baseball-size tumor from his pelvis,” but refused to disclose any other details.

From the start, the question has been why Chávez chose surgery and treatment in Cuba over Venezuela, which boasts many renowned cancer specialists. The deciding factor, it seems, was not superior medical care, but rather the guarantee of ironclad secrecy under the direct supervision of Chávez’s mentor and closest friend, Fidel Castro. In Cuba, the health and all personal details about the Maximum Leader have long been treated as state secrets.

Castro is nothing if not a master strategist—fully aware that if the Venezuelan leader succumbs to illness, the peril to Cuba could be its gravest challenge since the loss of its patron after the Soviet Union fell in 1991. For starters, Chávez provides Cuba with an astounding 115,000 barrels of oil each day—gratis.

But Castro’s interest in Chávez’s health goes far beyond the political. Following Castro’s own precipitous health calamities that led to his formal retirement, Chávez, who is almost 30 years Castro’s junior and refers to him as mi padre, has been a frequent presence at his bedside. “Here with Fidel, celebrating his 85th birthday! Viva Fidel!” Chávez tweeted irrepressibly in August 2011.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedailybeast.com ...


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: fidelcastro

1 posted on 12/25/2012 3:42:47 PM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

So Fidel survives on a macrobiotic diet, has a declining memory that fades in and out, and has a copy of one of Obama’s books on his coffee table that he has written extensive notes in.

To be expected, if you think about it.


2 posted on 12/25/2012 3:50:00 PM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

They will be roommates in HELL ! And not soon enough !


3 posted on 12/25/2012 3:51:11 PM PST by Waywardson (I did not vote for that pro-abortionist candidate!)
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To: re_tail20

He should die as painfully as possible


4 posted on 12/25/2012 3:51:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: re_tail20
Surrounded by his inner circle, the 58-year-old populist Marxist. They cant get anything right anymore.
5 posted on 12/25/2012 3:57:27 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: GeronL
Castro's Last Stand.

I can hardly wait to see him stuck full of arrows like a pin cushion.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 4:06:14 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: re_tail20

Not to worry; his spirit will live on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 4:22:34 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

this one has been on the charts an awful long time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7V4IJkPD6w


8 posted on 12/25/2012 4:35:55 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

Beatle Bob was there, where was you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39U4eQ4NOu0


9 posted on 12/25/2012 4:38:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: re_tail20

What’s so sick and evil is that “publications” like Newsweak will write fawning puff pieces for leftist totalitarians and tyrants (and murderers), yet they will savage even the most mild and milquetoast of Republicans as if they were Hitler.


10 posted on 12/25/2012 4:44:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: itsahoot

Well after all, it is Newsweak. Anybody still read it? I thought it died.


11 posted on 12/25/2012 5:16:43 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: re_tail20

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLQrMDYIo1g


12 posted on 12/25/2012 5:19:28 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Print issue’s gone:

http://www.adweek.com/news/press/newsweeks-last-issue-146181

Hopefully, the crapassed Net edition will die, shortly, too.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 5:23:22 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!)
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To: gusopol3

Yes the Baraqqi Regime is looking more like the Chavez Regime all the time.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 5:27:34 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: re_tail20

The most powerful tyrants are usually conquered by the things that they cannot foresee or control. Ironically they don’t believe in God who could heal them and if they did they would not be tyrants.


15 posted on 12/25/2012 5:30:00 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: re_tail20

As Michael Moore would say, socialized medicine is worth dying for. Millions had to die to obtain it and millions more will die because of it. Prayers that he doesn’t linger in excruciating pain and suffering before he dies next week and goes to hell to his master.


16 posted on 12/25/2012 6:05:16 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
"Prayers that he doesn’t linger in excruciating pain and suffering before he dies next week and goes to hell to his master."

Quite hypocritical don't you think?

17 posted on 12/25/2012 7:53:17 PM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

NewsWEAK is going out of business. : )


18 posted on 12/25/2012 8:57:29 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

Yeah, but we should nuke it. It’s the only way to be sure.


19 posted on 12/25/2012 10:01:15 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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