Castro, McCain spar over Cuban torture in Vietnam
HAVANA, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro took on front-running U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Monday, accusing him of lying about Cubans torturing American prisoners of war in Vietnam.
At a campaign stop in Miami last month, the Arizona senator told anti-Castro exiles that American POWs held with him in Hanoi were tortured by “a couple of Cubans.”
“His accusation against the Cuban revolutionaries … are completely unethical,” Castro wrote in an article published by the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma.
Castro talking about ethics, har har har. McCain responds:
“For me to respond to Fidel Castro, who has oppressed and repressed his people and who is one of the most brutal dictators on Earth, for me to dignify any comments he might make is certainly beneath me,” he said at a press conference.
“It’s a matter of record and you can ask several of the POWs who had direct contact with some, some thug that came to Hanoi with an underling assistant.”
I’m not a McCain fan but if I had to put money on him versus Castro–whether it be as to who is telling the truth versus who is lying, or who’d have a better shot at going a couple of rounds–I’d bet the farm.