Castro: Obama's accepting of Nobel prize 'cynical'

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 11:02 PM

Fidel Castro is calling President Barack Obama's accepting of the Nobel Peace Prize a "cynical act," given that he is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

The 83-year-old former Cuban leader initially applauded Obama's selection, but he has backed off that recently.

In a column on a government Web site Wednesday, Castro wrote: "Why did Obama accept the Nobel Peace Prize when he had already decided to take the war in Afghanistan to its ultimate limit?"

Castro said Obama "was not obligated to commit a cynical act" by accepting the prize.

He said Obama's Dec. 1 speech during which he announced that additional U.S. forces would go to Afghanistan gave him the "impression of listening to George W. Bush."