HAVANA — Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro said Monday that a "robot" would be better in the White House than President Barack Obama -- or any of the Republicans candidates in the 2012 election race.
"Is it not obvious that the worst of all is the absence in the White House of a robot capable of governing the United States and preventing a war that would end the life of our species?" Castro, 85, wrote in one of the "reflections" he often publishes in Cuba's state-controlled media.
Under the title "The Best President for the United States," Cuba's ex-president said that if faced with a choice between Obama, a Republican rival or a robot, "90 percent of voting Americans, especially Hispanics, blacks and the growing number of the impoverished middle class, would vote for the robot."
Obama, Castro said, is "hopelessly immersed in seeking re-election," and "the dreams of (civil rights icon) Martin Luther King are thousands of light years further away than the nearest inhabitable planet."
"Worse still, any of the Republican candidates for the presidency... carry with them more nuclear weapons than ideas for peace," said Castro, alluding to several of the would-be Obama challengers who have called in particular for a stronger position against Iran, which the West says is seeking to build an atomic bomb.
Castro, who handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul Castro in 2006, has rarely held back in his disdain for Obama.
In September he slammed Obama's address to the UN General Assembly as "gibberish" and called the US and NATO intervention in Libya "monstrous crimes."
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