Richard Cohen: We finally have an Obama doctrine. It is the 223 words of the White House statement on the death of Fidel Castro. It is blank of moral judgment, empty of indignation, blind to injustice, dismissive of history and indifferent to injury.
Fidel Castro was a killer. He came to power in a revolution and so violence was probably inescapable. But he followed it with mass executions -- the guilty, the innocent, it hardly mattered. He imposed a totalitarian system on Cuba even harsher and more homicidal than the one that preceded it. He persecuted homosexuals, dissidents, critical writers and journalists. He would not tolerate a free press and his own political party was the only one permitted. In the end, he ruined his country's economy while at the same time exporting terrorism. Venezuela today is a quasi-police state run with the invaluable assistance of Cubans.
Obama mentioned none of this.