Sat Aug 1, 2009 11:03 pm EDT
By Jeff Franks
HAVANA (Reuters) - President Raul Castro said on Saturday he would not change Cuba's communist system to make peace with the United States, but repeated his willingness to discuss all issues with the island's longtime enemy.
In a speech to the Cuban National Assembly, [of People's Power] Castro acknowledged the United States under President Barack Obama was less "aggressive" toward Cuba, but he expressed irritation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for saying repeatedly that Washington expected Havana to make changes in exchange for better relations.
"I have to say, with all due respect to Mrs. Clinton ... they didn't elect me president to restore capitalism in Cuba, nor to hand over the revolution," said Castro, who succeeded his brother Fidel Castro as president last year.
"I was elected to defend, maintain and continue perfecting socialism, not destroy it," he added, prompting a long standing ovation from assembly members.
"We are ready to talk about everything, but ... not to negotiate our political and social system," he said.
JG: Very well said!
Hillary Clinton is the Rasputin of the Obama administration. Beware Cuba! Do not trust her. She is an evil person.