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    Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Obama Apologizes to Castro
    Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes.

    Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation.



    Obama began the phone call with Castro with what he described as 15 minutes of opening comments. It was the first conversation between the heads of state in both countries since 1961. "I apologized for taking such a long time," Obama said. Castro responded by reminding Obama that the American president was still young enough to beat Castro's brother, former Cuban president and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who once gave a 7-hour-long speech.

    Obama Apologizes to Castro | The Weekly Standard

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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    He has nothing to apologize for in this case, but it's incredible it took so long for us to begin to abandon this outdated and idiotic policy.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    And this is why the Weekly Substandard is garbage.

    Obama speaks uninterrupted for 15 minutes, then apologizes for speaking so long, and the headline is "Obama Apologizes To Castro."

    Then he gives Castro his turn, and the subhead is "Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes."

    Factually correct, but pretty misleading.

    The AP version of the story is here (it's Newsday's site):

    Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call - Newsday
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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Obama apologized for talking so long--15 minutes--in his opening remarks.
    Another deceptive 'OP title' from US Conservative .
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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    And this is why the Weekly Substandard is garbage.

    Obama speaks uninterrupted for 15 minutes, then apologizes for speaking so long, and the headline is "Obama Apologizes To Castro."

    Then he gives Castro his turn, and the subhead is "Cuban communist leader lectures Obama for 30 minutes."

    Factually correct, but pretty misleading.

    The AP version of the story is here (it's Newsday's site):

    Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call - Newsday
    Good that was cleared up.
    "We have more responsibility than power, I think. The newspaper can create great controversies, stir up arguments within the community or discussion, can throw light on injustices....just as it can do the opposite. It can hide things and be a great power for evil." -- Rupert Murdoch, 1968

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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Obama apologized for talking so long--15 minutes--in his opening remarks.
    Another deceptive 'OP title' from US Conservative .
    To be fair, as per breaking news forum protocol, the thread title was the headline of The Weekly Standard's article.
    Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    More appeasement of commie dictators. What could go wrong?

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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Not if he had read his own article and come up with his own honest title.
    But that would be asking too much from US Conservative, don't you think?
    And why in the world would you ever want to be fair with someone who is never fair to you, let alone the truth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    To be fair, as per breaking news forum protocol, the thread title was the headline of The Weekly Standard's article.
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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    More appeasement of commie dictators. What could go wrong?
    Who is appeasing commie dictators, US Conservative ?
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    Re: Obama Apologizes to Castro

    What stupidity. Out of context.

    Seriously...it this the kind of baloney you want to be known for?

    Too late.
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