With friends like Barack Obama’s, who needs enemies? Just last Sunday, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in its announcement that it had executed Shahram Amiri for spying on behalf of the U.S., didn’t miss the opportunity to call the U.S. Iran’s “No. 1 enemy, America, the Great Satan.”
Earlier today, another of Obama’s buds, Fidel Castro, celebrated his 90th birthday. “In a meandering column carried by state-run media,” writes Reuters, “the iconic leftist revolutionary … lambasted old foe United States,” making special mention of its president.
Castro’s specific grievance this time was Obama’s speech in Hiroshima in May. Of this Castro wrote:
He lacked the words to ask for forgiveness for the killings of hundreds of thousands of people.
Castro wasn’t done. He further accused Obama of “sweet-talking” the Cuban people during his visit to the island — the first by a U.S. president in 88 years — and “of ignoring the accomplishments of Communist rule.”
It does sound as though Obama dropped the ball. It’s not as though he doesn’t admire Castro’s accomplishments. He learned the value of the Communist credo at the knee of Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the party, whom Obama claimed as a mentor in his first memoir “Dreams From My Father.”
Perhaps ultimately Obama’s fundamental transformation of the United States of America hasn’t been as complete as he might have liked.