Monday, October 25, 2004

Death to Castro

Too funny. From a press conference by Richard Boucher, Spokesperson for the US State Department:
QUESTION: Did you hear that Castro fell?

MR. BOUCHER: We heard that Castro fell. There are, I think, various reports that he broke a leg, an arm, a foot, and other things, and I'd guess you'd have to check with the Cubans to find out what's broken about Mr. Castro. We, obviously, have expressed our views about what's broken in Cuba.

QUESTION: Do you wish him a speedy recovery?


I don't know why I find this fall off the chair funny, but I do. Probably because I can imagine Boucher saying "no" in a total deadpan. In any event, it's rare to see the State Department specifically wish ill (passively in this case, but still) to a head of state, even a hostile one. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the tipoff.

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