HAVANA, Cuba (The Blaze/AP) -- Fidel Castro has never had a cohesive relationship with the United States. But in recent years, he has uttered some more lukewarm comments about the U.S. government under Barack Obama.
But the Cuban leader is now mocking U.S. President Barack Obama for saying he's open to changing U.S. policy toward Cuba if there is change on the island first.
Castro writes sarcastically: "How kind! How intelligent!" He adds that such goodwill has not led Washington to end its five-decade-old economic embargo against the island.
Castro says many things will change in Cuba, but it will happen organically and in spite of pressure from Washington.
The ex-leader says "perhaps that empire will fall first," referring to the U.S. Later he calls Obama "stupid."
These comments contrast some of Castro's past praise for Obama. Back in 2010, following the passage of the Democrats' contentious health care legislation, Castro called the development "a miracle" and wrote, "We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama's) government." He continued:
"It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence ... the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago."
Castro's most recent comments come in an article published in state media Thursday.
Earlier this week he called Obama's speech to the U.N. General Assembly "gibberish."