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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Castro offers medical aid to U.S.

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro has offered to send help to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

At a nightly roundtable program on state-run television Friday, the Cuban leader said his nation was ready to send 1,100 doctors and 26 tons of medicine and equipment.

"Others have sent money; we are offering to save lives," he said.

Castro -- an enemy of U.S. President George W. Bush and frequent subject of condemnation from the White House -- said he would not comment on the U.S. government's response to the tragedy because "this is not the time to kick an adversary -- while he's down."

Castro said the doctors he was offering have international experience.

The United States has no diplomatic relations with Cuba. It remained unclear whether the White House would take Castro up on his offer.

After a massive earthquake in Bam, Iran, in December 2003, the United States sent aid -- even though the United States has no diplomatic ties with Iran.


It's amazing, the amount of aid coming to the United States, Israel, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and now Cuba. The international aid is greatly appreciated, I know that bush is embarrassed at having to accept international aid, especially from countries like Venezuela and Cuba, just as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro enjoy rubbing bush's face in it.

I wish I could take delight in how embarrassing this is for bush, but mostly I am ashamed at how weak bush has made this country appear. Between the total snafu in Iraq and the complete lack of timely response and decay into lawlessness in the south has pretty much destroyed any intimidation factor we had in the world. We are now a joke... bush being the punchline.

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