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  1. DaBakr on June 7, 2014, 12:43 pm

    the article he wrote is interesting. hard to deny that. Castro is rarely ‘not’ interesting.

    • Ellen on June 7, 2014, 6:03 pm

      Actually, and surprisingly, it was dull and more about Goldie interjecting himself and propaganda onto the significance of meeting Castro.

      I wondered, of course, if personal experience – the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 that nearly caused the annihilation of most of humanity – informed his belief that a conflict between America and Iran would escalate into nuclear war.

      Does Castro believe that? Did he say that? Or does Goldie want us to believe Castro thinks this? Israel has nukes, Iran does not.

      As for Goldie: it is always about viewing the world through the deranged paranoid lens of finding an “anti-Semite ” in ever corner, under every rock. In Goldie’s world there is fear and underlying hate of the gentile.

      He is a propagandist for Israel and for Islamaphobia. While not as ignorant and crude as a Pam Geller, his underlying message is the same.

      Goldie, for example, was one of the first to come out tweeting about Bergdahl, claiming this prisoner was directly responsible for the deaths of five soldiers.

      • DaBakr on June 7, 2014, 8:28 pm

        well, I was less interested in what reporter said about himself then what was written about Castro. His battle with a still undisclosed gastro-illness and his supposed desire to become an elder statesman on the international circuit. I try not to get too worked up about the articular reporters personal ambitions-. I don’t have to like reporter either to accept that Castro called him and not somebody else. We don’t know for sure who is using who more in this case.

  2. Pixel on June 7, 2014, 1:10 pm

    I thought it was going to be Shmuley Boteach.

  3. LeaNder on June 7, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Are there really people here that don’t recognize “Goldie”?

    • Hostage on June 7, 2014, 3:21 pm

      Are there really people here that don’t recognize “Goldie”?

      Yeah, the look on Castro’s face says: The Cuban Interest section wants me to talk to who?

      • LeaNder on June 7, 2014, 5:50 pm

        Love it. ;) Considering the shot, it makes perfect sense.

        By now I realized, one has to check the linked article. Castro wanted to meet the nutcase, who feeds the rage up to points of no return. I admittedly missed that.

      • Hostage on June 8, 2014, 5:43 pm

        Castro wanted to meet the nutcase, who feeds the rage up to points of no return.

        You’d hope that passing a message through a journalist to diffuse a nuclear crisis is the only parallel to John Scali’s back channel role in October 1962. I’d hate to see Jeffrey go on the serve as a foreign policy adviser to the White House or as the US Ambassador to the UN.

    • RoHa on June 7, 2014, 8:42 pm

      Most of the world has never heard of him. Were I not a regular reader of MW, I would be among them. I have a vague idea that he is some sort of American columnist.

  4. Blownaway on June 7, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Well that’s one way to end the embargo. Become a supporter of Israel. Watch Ileana Ross Lehtinen lead the end of the embargo if she hears Cuba will vote with the US and Micronesia at the UN

    • Citizen on June 7, 2014, 6:57 pm

      @ Blownaway
      I see Rubio is a total AIPAC whore.

      • just on June 7, 2014, 7:11 pm

        So is Cruz, and Menendez of course.

      • Blownaway on June 7, 2014, 8:27 pm

        Which politician isn’t an aipac whore? You could argue its to different degrees, but there no such thing as just a little whoreish.

      • just on June 7, 2014, 8:39 pm

        True enough. I was only referencing the Cuban American Congresscrits.

    • bilal a on June 7, 2014, 7:32 pm

      Cuba is already a sex gambling destination for euros, but they could go even bigger with sheldon et al.

      “Michael we’re bigger than US Steel”

      • just on June 8, 2014, 11:06 pm


  5. Hostage on June 7, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Watch Ileana Ross Lehtinen lead the end of the embargo if she hears Cuba will vote with the US and Micronesia at the UN

    Better safe than sorry. I still wouldn’t let her pack my briefcase just before a visit with Fidel Castro;-)

  6. MTd2 on June 7, 2014, 4:11 pm

    Well, the part about the bird and the part about the Jew being persecuted is an old one. I am not sure if it was known in any English language publication.

    About the nuclear stuff, well, I have to agree that, watching things by the perspective of Fidel (I think I share pretty much the same ideology and views of capitalist economy, though not the same way of managing a socialist economy), we are damn close to a nuclear war.

  7. Marco on June 7, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Goldberg’s article and visit with Fidel Castro is from 4 years ago.

    Why would Fidel ask for a visit from a neoconservative journalist?

    To be honest, I think this reflects the weakness the Marxist and socialist left has always had on Israel. It doesn’t make sense to criticize the former Iranian president’s views on the Holocaust, or to denigrate the Islamic Republic as a religious state, without noting how Israel is maintained on the basis of a racial and religious supremacist ideology.

  8. Nevada Ned on June 7, 2014, 5:07 pm

    Fidel was doing what he could to avoid a war between Israel and Iran. So he’s trying to reach out to Israel. Naturally he calls Jeffrey Goldberg, as a back-channel to Israel. (Technically, Goldberg isn’t actually an Israeli, although he was a while ago.) Fidel butters up Goldberg by stressing how much Jews have been slandered and oppressed, through the centuries, at the hands of Christian Europe.

    If Goldberg were smart, he might grasp Fidel’s message:

    The US and Israel want regime change in Iran, because the US regrets the loss of Iran as a US client state in 1979 when the Shah was overthrown. The US is hoping that economic sanctions against Iran will undermine the regime. Cuba has been resisting a US blockade since 1960, similar to the US blockade (and CIA coups) that overthrew Allende in Chile in 1973, overthrew the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 1980’s, and overthrew the Mossadegh (pre-Shah) government in Iran in 1953.

    Fidel’s message is that Iran will resist the economic blockade. And if the US/Israel start a war, Israel will suffer a lot of damage. The 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon resulted in Israeli casualties that were high enough to make the war politically unacceptable to the Israeli ruling class. Iran has no nuclear weapons, but does have a awful lot of non-nuclear missiles.

    Will the Israelis listen to Fidel good advice (speaking through Goldberg)?
    Regretfully, I see no sign of it.

  9. Daniel Rich on June 7, 2014, 5:48 pm

    Q: “Who is the third person to the right of Fidel Castro in this pic?”

    R: It’s still Castro’s left…

  10. a blah chick on June 7, 2014, 6:46 pm

    I there any way we could get Castro to keep him?

  11. ckg on June 7, 2014, 9:25 pm

    Before his visit Israelis warned that Pope Francis was the ‘Che Guevera of Palestinians’. I can see now why they didn’t call him the Fidel Castro of Palestinians.

  12. dbroncos on June 7, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Love the headline LOL!

  13. wondering jew on June 8, 2014, 6:32 am

    Goldberg is not an interesting journalist. He became the “go to” American Jewish journalist, in a similar way as Shavit became the “go to” journalist, when Sharon announced his withdrawal from Gaza plan. Shavit is a more talented writer and deeper, Goldberg was just at the right place at the right time. Because Fidel read the Atlantic article re: Israel versus Iran nukes, he knew a well placed journalist when he saw one and thus summoned Goldberg. (Shades of “Bananas”.)

    I saw an interview of Christopher Hitchens by Goldberg (with Martin Amis lurking in the background) and again it was an impression of right place, right time, this is the journalist you call to pronounce your attitude towards Jews and Israel.

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