Ricky and Lucy can celebrate tonight, as can all Cuban nationals and expatriates. And almost time for a fat cuban cigar for McCain. Fidel Castro, the oldest remaining communist dictator from the Soviet era is practically dead according to reports. And what a long, long patient exercise in U.S. foreign policy, a 40 years quiet war and embargo against a most hideous regime.

So for those looking for one cookie cutter answer to the world’s problems, I say look at Cuba. You have to know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away, and know when to run. Sometimes you fire at the whites in their eyes and sometimes you dig in your heels. In the case of Cuba, we held those cards for 45 years. May the next 45 years bring more prosperity to the Cubans.

Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is in “very grave” condition after three failed operations and complications from an intestinal infection, a Spanish newspaper said Tuesday.

The newspaper El Pais cited two unnamed sources from the Gregorio Maranon hospital in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The facility employs surgeon Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, who flew to Cuba in December to treat the 80-year-old Castro.

In a report published on its Web site, El Pais said: “A grave infection in the large intestine, at least three failed operations and various complications have left the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, laid up with a very grave prognosis.”

Cuba has released little information on Castro’s condition since he temporarily ceded power in July to his brother, Defense Minister Raul Castro, until he could recover from emergency intestinal surgery, prompting much speculation and rumor in the country and around the world.

El Pais’ report, which could not immediately be confirmed, was a rare detailed description from a major media outlet about Castro’s condition.

The U.S. government had speculated that Castro could suffer from cancer _ a supposition denied by Sabrido. Some U.S. doctors believed Castro was suffering from diverticular disease, which can cause bleeding in the lower intestine, especially in people over 60. In severe cases, emergency surgery may be required.


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