Castro Dying?

The news that Fidel Castro may have had a stroke is hardly a surprise. Castro is 86 and has been in poor health for some time. From the Miami Herald:

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and information.

Castro’s death might well lead to a major change in the politics of Florida, however. Castro stepped down in favor of his brother Raul last year. But Raul Castro is 81, which means that it will not be very long before another transfer of power becomes necessary.

Which President of the United States would you prefer to have in charge when El Presidente shuffles off this mortal coil? Bush and Obama both ousted dictators, but Bush caused the death of between half a million and a million Iraqis to remove Saddam Hussein (in addition to committing around $3 trillion of our money to do it). Obama helped Tunisia, Egypt and Libya begin a transition to a more democratic form of government with very little bloodshed, and even the casualties in Libya have been comparatively light.

Watch for Romney and Obama’s response to the Cuba question in Monday’s foreign policy debate. It could have a huge impact in Florida.

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