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    It seems ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, tired of having his face photoshopped onto healthier and healthier looking bodies, is finally calling it quits.

    Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness. The announcement was made in a letter to the nation written by Mr. Castro and published early Tuesday morning on the Web site of Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party.

    Cue the gnashing o'the teeth and the crumblin' o'the infrastructure.

    Now, just days before the national assembly is to meet to select a new head of state, Mr. Castro resigned permanently, and signaled his willingness to let a younger generation assume power.

    Ah hah, nevermind! The revolution isn't dead. It's just getting a youthful makeover. But is Cuba really ready to turn over the reins of government to a generation weaned on Cab Calloway and big band jazz that never knew a world without transistor radio?

    In late July 2006, Mr. Castro, who is 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother, Raúl Castro, 76… the announcement puts Raul Castro in the position to be anointed as the Cuban head of state when the National Assembly meets on Sunday.

    So with a slightly less old, slightly less communist guy at the helm, it seems now would be the time to, you know, reverse that ol' counterproductive, decades-old embargo. How 'bout it, leadership of the free world?

    The Bush administration today ruled out any immediate change in policy toward Cuba despite Fidel Castro's resignation as president, deriding his brother and heir apparent, Raul, as "dictator-lite."

    Or, you know, we could keep on keeping on.

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