Latell, the CIA's former top analyst on Cuba, also said Raul seemed to have a difficult and perhaps "tortured" relationship with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. A sign of this came when Raul took a few jabs at Chavez during an appearance with him, Latell said.
“I don’t talk as much as Chavez," Latell quoted Raul as saying. “I even turn the volume down on my television when he is delivering his very long discourses.”
After all the decades of subordinating himself to the overbearing and demanding Fidel, it does not seem possible that Raul would now relish playing second fiddle to the bombastic Venezuelan.
Brian Latell, above. Photo is from Center for Strategic and International Studies Web site. Latell's report is published monthly on the Web site of the Cuba Transition Project at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.
I have seen Raul Castro speak in Cuba, but I have never had the opportunity to interview him. To be sure, I would be interested in hearing his perspective, his views on what it's like to step in for Fidel Castro after so many years as the No. 2 man. Latell's report is insightful and useful, but does not include any information from Raul's camp. Getting the whole picture is admittedly difficult because the Cuban government limits access to top leadership.