Late last night, Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg responded to Fidel Castro's claim that Goldberg misinterpreted his statement that "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore":
I'm sorry to say it, but I think the expression, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore" means, "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."
Fidel says that his answer meant "exactly the opposite" of what Julia Sweig and I heard him say. Just as a language experiment, here is what the opposite of his statement would sound like: "The Cuban model works so well for us that we want to export it." But he didn't say this. What he said was -- well, you've read what he said. I'm not sure how this statement -- accurately quoted, according to Fidel -- could mean anything other than what it means.
Goldberg is slated to write a full magazine article on the Castro interview. It was already going to be interesting, but considering this back-and-forth, it should be beyond fascinating.