Castro Misinterpreted Over Cuban Model

By: Jennifer Hong
Staff Writer
Published: Sep 12, 2021

Castro misinterpreted over Cuban model. Former Cuban ruler Fidel Castro said a journalist misinterpreted his comment about the economy. Fidel also said Jeffrey Goldberg misinterpreted his comment regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The two reported comments raised eyebrows around the world, portraying the 84-year-old Castro, who surrendered power in 2006, as being willing to admit to mistakes. Castro's "cuban model'' comment also was taken by some analysts as an endorsement of efforts by his brother and successor, Raul Castro, to reform a communist-styled economy devastated by low productivity and corruption.

"I quoted him accurately," Goldberg, a writer for The Atlantic magazine who interviewed Fidel over three days, told the news blog The Upshot on Friday. Julia Sweig, a Cuba expert at the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations who accompanied him, told El Nuevo Herald, "The quote is accurate."

Castro said when Goldberg asked him "if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting" it was "evident that the question implicitly contained the theory that Cuba exported its revolution." "I answer 'The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore.' I expressed this to him without bitterness or concern. I am now amused seeing how he interpreted this literally," he added.

Capitalism is leading Washington and the world "from crisis to crisis, each more grave, global and frequent," he added. "How could such a system serve a socialist country like Cuba?" Castro also recalled his exchange with Goldberg over his letter to Moscow at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 that it launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States.

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