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The Rasputin of the Caribbean

The British media love it when they can point to the incompetence or wrong-headedness of Americans. But they try to trip us up on such little, inconsequential things.

Okay, so the U.S. government tried to kill Cuban strongman Fidel Castro once or twice over the years. Or, according to one Cuban estimate cited by the Guardian, 638 times. So, sure, go ahead and snipe — that didn't work out precisely as planned.

But part of the American nature is pluck and resilience in the face of adversity. For all we know, the CIA consciously and craftily resorted to old age to finally fell Fidel. Not that he's gone yet. The president of the Cuban National Assembly told NPR's Michele Norris last night that it'll be "some weeks" before Castro's back in power... but that he was "perfectly back" mentally.