El Comandante, and friend

Be sure to take several deep breaths before reading Ann Louise Bardach’s jaw-droppingly, fist-clenchingly infuriating interview with Oliver Stone in Slate, on the subject of his new documentary, Looking for Fidel.
One of many particularly galling bits:
ALB: Let me ask you about the part [in the film] where Castro’s in front of eight prisoners charged with attempting to hijack a plane [to Miami]. He says to them, “I want you all to speak frankly and freely.” What do you make of that whole scene, where you have these prisoners who happened to be wearing perfectly starched, nice blue shirts?
OS: Let me give you the background. He obviously set it up overnight. It was in that spirit that he said, “Ask whatever you want. I’m sitting here. I want to hear it too. I want to hear what they’re thinking.” He let me run the tribunal, so to speak.
ALB: But Cuba’s leader for life is sitting in front of these guys who are facing life in prison, and you’re asking them, “Are you well treated in prison?” Did you think they could honestly answer that question?
OS: If they were being horribly mistreated, then I don’t know that they could be worse mistreated [afterward].
ALB: So in other words, you think they thought this was their best shot to air grievances? Rather than that if they did speak candidly, there’d be hell to pay when they got back to prison?
OS: I must say, you’re really picturing a Stalinist state. It doesn’t feel that way. You can always find horrible prisons if you go to any country in Central America.
ALB: Did you go to the prisons in Cuba?
OS: No, I didn’t.
ALB: So you don’t know if they’re any different than, say, the prisons in Honduras then?
OS: I think that those prisoners are being honest.

If he thinks that, then he’s even more of a dlinded dingbat than I thought.



  1. Dave J

    Wow, his idiocy is truly beyond comprehension.
    “Yes, of course all the villages are this prosperous and happy, Prince Potemkin…”