Castro Rails on Bush Address

Long-silent Cuban leader rips into State of the Union speech
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 1:51 PM CST
President Bush delivers the State of the Union address, Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Tim Sloan, Pool)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush’s latest State of the Union address was his worst yet, according to Fidel Castro, full of “demagoguery, lies, and a total lack of ethics.” Castro hasn’t shown himself since 2006 emergency surgery, but a scathing essay was published in his name in today’s Cuban papers, ripping Bush for everything from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the US' bulging deficit.

“For a population that knows how to read, write, and think, nobody can offer a more elegant criticism of the empire than Bush himself,” Castro wrote, saying Bush’s “external expressions” during Monday's speech spoke volumes more than “the words written by his advisers.” The 81-year-old Castro stepped aside as president after the surgery, but still heads Cuba’s supreme governing body.