That’s a perceptive Raul Castro, in an October interview he gave to, of all people, Sean Penn, where he spoke more expansively about relations with the
than he has anywhere else. United States
Wilfredo Cancio of El Nuevo Herald discovered the interview, Penn’s account of which was published this week in The Nation magazine, and wrote about it here.
Penn’s article is here. He reports that the interview lasted seven hours.
Raul jokes about
’s unprepared army during the Cuba Bay of Pigs invasion. He refers to the famous picture of Fidel Castro in front of a Russian tank, and says, “We did not yet know even how to put those tanks in reverse. So retreat was no option!”
Raul also speaks in more detail than I have seen anywhere else about the monthly talks between Cuban and American military officers at the
naval base. The two militaries conduct joint emergency response exercises, he says, citing firefighting as an example. Guantanamo
Raul also said he would be willing to meet President Obama, and said a first meeting should be “in a neutral place.”