I’m nauseated by the “respect” being shown Fidel Castro in the wake of his death, particularly by hard-leftist Americans who are either stupid, cold-hearted or devoutly in the tank of pure communism. Yes, “Stupid” because if educated Americans haven’t the knowledge of the atrocities this man committed, they can only be stupid.

Here we go:

     President Barack Obama – How’s this for selective ambiguity?

     “Today we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family.”  And… “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him.” 

     Oh really?  Did any president ever offer condolences to the families of Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein? Castro belongs in that grouping. History will record Castro as a vicious murderer and oppressor of millions of people who were afforded no freedoms of expression, speech, political choices, sexual orientation, etc., yet private ownership, unless it conformed to the Castro mantra of communistic control.  Condolences, my ass.

     Ex-President Jimmy Carter:  “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country.”

     Oh really?  Fondly? Again, this man embarrasses America. Ex-president Carter – who champions human rights like he was a self-styled Jesus – must be living under a rock.  Cuba is listed in most reports as being among countries in the world with the worst record on human rights. That includes the total repression of freedoms we take for granted, including speech, press, assembly, free elections and much more. The numbers vary depending on what study is accessed, but it’s safe to conclude that up to 100,000 people have been executed in Castro’s reign, not to mention thousands more who have died in prisons, who have gone missing and who have died trying to reach the United States in a mass exodus. Add to that, thousands who languish in squalor prisons for years, uncharged with crime other than being dissidents.  Some journalists have cited Castro’s victims in the hundreds of thousands.

     Remember him fondly? 

     Whatever happened to Cajones?

     Jesse Jackson  –  Here’s his tweet: “In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro’s cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP”

     Jackson urges us all to celebrate “the life of a liberator who fought and won against the rich and oligarch rule of Batista.”  Castro liberated plenty, all right.  More than 1.5 million desperate Cubans risked their lives over the last 56 years to flee the island nation — many in rickety boats that didn’t make it – in the wake of Castro’s rule seeking freedom in America from oppression in their home nation.

     Geraldo Rivera (Yes, the news commentator)  — “I think the Cubans have a tremendous sense of pride over his legacy (what legacy? murder? torture? Missing persons?) and I think he will be remembered fondly.”  Rivera was also a “friend” having visited with Castro several times. Rivera often cited education and health care in Cuba as a major achievement. But there’s another side to that image – a truthful side – which was revealed by Cuban-born Yale professor, Carlos Eire, and published in the Washington Post: (Pay attention, Geraldo)

     He established a fraudulent school system that provided indoctrination rather than education, and created a two-tier health-care system, with inferior medical care for the majority of Cubans and superior care for himself and his oligarchy, and then claimed that all his repressive measures were absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of these two ostensibly “free” social welfare projects.”

     Geraldo Rivera has lost all credibility with me. Such ignorance cannot produce a competent journalist.

     Colin Kaepernick, controversial 49er’s quarterback:  This now-famous anti-American – who makes $19 million a year for playing a game – recently showed up after a game in Miami wearing a tee-shirt with a picture of his hero, Fidel Castro. He, too, praised Castro’s education system. 

    Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister:   “It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President. Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation. I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honor to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba

     How could the leader of a free nation be so dumb?

Here are some more prominent folks who have thought so highly of the mass murderer:

     Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate

     Barbara Lee, congresswoman, (D-Ca.)

     John Kerry, Secretary of State

     Pope Francis

     Bashar Al-Assad, Syrian president

     Kim Jong Un, North Korea president

     Vladimir Putin, Dictator, Russia.

     When I think of Castro, I think of Hitler, only on a smaller scale. The masses of exiles trying to reach a free America, were like the Jews trying to escape the Nazi Regime, only their crime was not about being Jewish, it was about being free. We forget that Castro chummied up with the USSR allowing Russian missiles to be pointed at our people, on the ready. Add to that, in 2011, the terrorist group from Lebanon known as Hezbollah, opened a base in Cuba, compliments of the Castro regime, 90 miles from our shores. And get this: in 2015, Obama had Cuba removed from the U.S. terrorist Watch List, despite Hezbollah.  (Read the link to Judicial Watch, below).

     Keep in mind, when people travel as tourists to the oasis on the bright side of Cuba, that economic jolt helps to support Hezbollah and any other terror activities enjoined by the Castros.

     As a Miami cop who was there when the first waves of desperate Cuban people fled to America with nothing but the clothing on their backs, I remember the fear and hatred they expressed, in unison, about Fidel Castro. I worked alongside many Cuban cops and other friends whose families struggled in fear of repression and torture for their loved ones still living on the island.

     Over the last three generations, with Marxist propaganda routinely spoon fed to children through the ‘70s, ‘80’s, 90’s and more, the indigenous Cubans would become indoctrinated as loyal communists because they knew nothing else to compare to.

     But the people who truly know, who were there, do NOT love Fidel Castro. They do NOT mourn for him or his family. Rather, he is seen as a monster as was Hitler and Stalin, only with a smaller country.  Praising Castro is like praising Charles Manson or Ted Bundy, only they never killed, tortured or imprisoned the masses like Fidel and his brother, Raul.

     Google “Castro firing squads, video” and watch the compassion of Fidel in the form of bullets into the bodies of anyone who would speak out against the regime. Remember, there is no free press there. There is no free speech there.

And for those of you who praise Castro’s Cuban health care, remember, everything is not as it seems. Read this article in the National Review, particularly the section titled, “Separate and Unequal”…and learn how there is a three-tiered health care system in Cuba. Here’s the link:

Click here: The Myth of Cuban Health Care | National Review

Marco Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants. His opinions are worth listening:

Click here: Rubio on Castro Condolences: Obama’s Response ‘Pathetic’; My Catholic Faith Does Not Bind Me to Pope’s Foreign Pol

Praise Castro?  Are you kidding me?

A few more links worth learning from:

Click here: World Report 2016: Cuba | Human Rights Watch

Click here: 5 Most Embarrassing Statements on Fidel Castro’s Death from America’s Political Leaders Click here: The 10 most appalling statements by Western leaders praising Fidel Castro | Fox News

Click here: Fidel Castro’s greatest atrocities and crimes – Part 1 | Babalú Blog

Click here: U.S. Removed Cuba from Terrorist List After Hezbollah Opened Base on Island – Judicial Watch


  1. Donald November 30, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    History will record Castro as a renegade, revolutionary, communist dictator who almost destroyed Cuba. We can only hope that when his brother Raul dies the Cuban nation can return to its senses and a Democratic or Republic form of government that ensures and protects basic human rights for its citizens.

  2. Charles Pierce November 30, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    Amen, Brother. Fulgencio Batista was no angel but he was one of the good guys compared to Fidel Castro. Nothing will change in Cuba because of this death. Cuba has been set up like a large national company, all of the money earned by the work of the people and export etc go to the government who then pay the employees, after skimming off the top for the Elite. Anyone who visits Cuba is simply perpetuating the Communist Command Economy, stop the opening and when Venezuela goes belly up, Cuba will be in deep doodoo.

  3. Cliff November 30, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    It sickens me, and has sickened me my entire life to today at age 74, to hear anything about him that is even remotely styled as good. Communist dictators are the consummate narcissists, imposing their will on their own people under fear of force because of a belief they espouse. They are able to do this because of military control. Without the military, they are cowards. They live a life of ease and privilege while their own brothers and sisters suffer in silence. They know DAMN WELL what they are doing, and take sadistic pleasure in it.

    Because it is located only 90 miles from our shores, I would have invaded Cuba when he took over in 1959, occupied it, imprisoned him and his minions, and turned it eventually into one of our states. We are too civilized.

  4. Bill November 30, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    He is not good. However we have to move on. Our influence will soon change the country for the better.

  5. rhp November 30, 2016 at 10:10 am #


    You and I were on duty when the so called Mariolitas arrived in Miami; Castro’s gift to the stupid USA. They raped, robbed, killed, etc.

    Some day Cuba will be a free Country; I would like to visit it again; my last visit was in 1959.


  6. Larry Usoff, Ret. USN November 30, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    Marshall…there will always be stupid people with us…just as there will always be poor people. The latter group CAN be trained and given jobs, but the former will always be stupid. BTW, I was a long time “citizen” of Miami…so far back that I used to hunt squirrels on the north end of 27th Avenue, and Bird Road was just a dream

  7. JP November 30, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Frank– this is BRILLIANT. Thank you

  8. Dick Calvert November 30, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    Another good article Marshall, it is not surprising to me how the media has portrayed this dictators death. Today’s media does not have the necessary skills to report accurate news . They have an agenda which doesn’t necessaryily need to be accurate! As you and I both remember the devistation those people were escaping from it is unbelievable to me how so many forget the evil that he was responsible for because of his enormous greed. God help us?

  9. John Askins November 30, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you again Marshall for expressing so eloquently how so many of us feel and having the courage to name all of those who embarrassed themselves by licking the boots of the murderous tyrant Castro.

  10. Frank M. November 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Another great article Marshall. We all lived through those times when he emptied his prisons and mental hospitals and sent them to us. Working the induction center at the fairgrounds was a real adventure. People sneaking out over the fences and criminals causing all kind of chaos. The Cuban people will eventually take back their beautiful homeland and make it a paradise again. We can only hope!!!!

  11. Murray Levine November 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Cuba’s very own oboma

  12. Patti November 30, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    As a Miami cop,thank you for your experience & insight.

    P.S. let Kapernick go play in the Cuban leaque for 20.00 a month!!!

  13. Julio Padron November 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Very well said my friend. Stupid, ignorant and uneducated

  14. Former Airman November 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Nikita Krushchev’s son once said that his father was actually eager to remove the MRBMs from Cuba once he heard Fidel and Che (the Argentine hobo and psychopath) discussing how they would take control of the missiles and shoot up our East Coast with them. When JFK said that if those missiles were fired at us the Soviet Union would be blasted back to the Stone Age, that’s when Mr. K really began to sweat. We were dumb enough to agree to remove our missiles from Turkey in exchange.
    About Che. What national police chief sets up his office in a prison and has a window cut in the wall so he can watch executions? And joins in the fun, pistol in hand? Next Che t-shirt you see, pour piss on it if you don’t have some blood to use for the same purpose. People who lionize Che are disgusting, stupid, blockheads.

  15. Pat Pesce November 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Cudo’s. I can not remember such lunacy when I was young man. I am so fearful for this country. I can’t understand how “intelligent” people heap praise on such a despot.

  16. Charlie M November 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

    The only people that wanted Castro dead are those living in the United States. I know you can’t believe everything you read or see in and on the news but the Cuban people in Cuba appear to truly mourn the mans death. Those transplanted in South Florida and throughout the United States are the ones celebrating his death. A murder or, in Castro’s case, an assassination is something that can be delayed or prevented for a period of time, but the right time, the right place and with the right amount of people involved, Fidel Catsro could have been and should have been a death statistic. I don’t “admire” the man but I’ve got to give him credit for hanging on as long as he did. He emptied his jail(s), mental institutions and streets of what he and the Cuban people there consideredf the dregs of society. Thanks to the peanut farmer President Jimmy Carter, we, the United States suffered the brunt of his expungment. President John F. Kennedy and the CIA promised the Bay of Pigs people support in their attempt to overthrow the man but failed miserably to deliver on what was promised. Yeah, Fidel Castro is dead. Let’s see how many, if any, Cuba Nationalists return to Cuba. I’m willing to bet zero, zilch, none. They’ve got the world by the balls here in the U.S..

  17. Jerry Rudoff November 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    Once again Marshall you hit a home run with this one. Although I am not Cuban born, my heart is Cuban as my young grandson’s are of Cuban decent. For the life of me I just can’t understand why our Cuban brothers and sisters are celebrating this tyrants death.. By acknowledging him in this manner, they give legitimacy to the man and what he stood for. They forget that the Castro’s are a dynasty and when one Castro goes away another will appear in its place. The Castro’s view Cuba as their property and the people as their personal slaves. Why even consider celebrating the death of an irrelevant being.. Celebration should be saved until the day Cuba becomes an un-suppressed country…

  18. F J M November 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    As brother Rudolph stated, another home run. People that grew up in Miami in the 60’s, know exactly what this tyrant was all about. All these public figures spouting accolades for this dispicable dictator just show their true colors.
    As Gomet Pyle used to say, “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!”

  19. F J M November 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    Sorry JERRY, misspelled your last name in my rant.

  20. Edward A. Hensley December 1, 2016 at 1:58 am #

    Excellent and well documented coverage of a brutal communist
    dictator, who murdered, jailed & tortured unknown tens of
    thousands of Cubans, who only sought freedom. Sadly, this
    is a case of preaching to the choir, as reality is never popular
    with the liberal left masses & their political hacks or professors.

    Tammy Bruce has a good op ed on this in the WA Times:

  21. Lura Zerick December 1, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Thank you, Marshall, for the truth. I was in Miami for many years and I remember what was happening. People seem to have ‘selective’ memories but that doesn’t change the truth.

  22. Grace Matthews December 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    So well and eloquently said Marshall Frank, thanks, as someone that lived thru it, I remember what my parents and family had to endure, for so many of us the scars run very deep and will never be totally healed….

  23. Jose December 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I have no love for Castro. However, we must understand what brought him to power. The Cuban government under Batista was crooked. The people oppressed. No middle class, just the haves and the have nots. The U. S. tolerated Batista and we invested in the regime. Fidel brought a message to the masses that was clear and the have nots bought it.

    Yes, he was a monster, but his rise to power was a lesson we should take seriously. When there is no middle class and the masses see someone as their savior, it becomes an open door to someone who makes big promises. Hmm, does that sound familiar????

  24. Fred Ingley December 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    Yours Truly has personally seen some of the rafts in which those people risked their lives fleeing Castro over 90 miles of very hellatious seas. I have personally grabbed a hand full of rotted wood from one of these rafts. It demonstrated how desperate these great folks were to get away from Castro and to freedom, risking their lives on a raft that I wouldn’t even trust to cross a canal on. One of my Cuban friends who had fled Castro, in a sober moment said to me, “Fred, if you ever loose this country (USA) there’s no other place to go like we had in coming here.”
    I understand that “The great humanitarian” violated his sister with a hot soldering iron when she opposed him. Quite a man, wasn’t he?
    Now that he’s gone, hopefully, VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

  25. Ron December 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    I will never understand why and how the local media would go to the lengths they have gone to portraying this murderer as some one who has done good things for the island. And for anyone who calls these reporters “journalists”,they are nothing more than talking heads who read tele prompters. Hopefully,President Trump will follow through on another promise,” make the deal better for the USA regarding relations or it is no longer a deal. I am surprised how POS president did not go to the funeral. Hopefully Castro is enjoying his time is hell,for that is where he belongs.As President elect Trump as often said,the media is rigged and crooked.

  26. Snake Hunter{s} December 17, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Geraldo Rivera is not, never was… a high level unbiased journalist. – reb
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