Former Cuban president Fidel Castro denounced President Obama's suggestion that U.S.-Cuba relations could improve if the communist nation were willing to become more democratic, calling Obama's suggestions "stupid."Damn, that dude is snarky. Really, Fidel, is this how you treat your comrades?
"Many things will change in Cuba, but they will change by our own effort and in spite of the United States. Maybe before that empire falls," Castro wrote in a state newspaper.
Obama had said on Wednesday that America would consider lifting economic sanctions on the island nation if Cuba adopted democratic elections and a freer society.
"If we see positive movement then we will respond in a positive way," Obama said.
Castro sarcastically derided the gesture.
"How nice! How intelligent!," Castro said. "So much kindness has not permitted him still to understand that 50 years of blockade and of crimes against our homeland have not been able to break our people."
Castro also blasted Obama for the treatment of five Cuban agents convicted of spying in the United States. Cuba has maintained they have been held unjustly, and strongly objected to the United States' insistence that one of the men, scheduled for release from prison within a year, be forced to serve his probation period of three additional years in the country. Castro said the ruling was unjust but expected.
"Otherwise, the empire would cease to be the empire and Obama would cease to be stupid," Castro wrote.