Obama's half-hearted condolences reflect declining US influence: Scholar

US President Barack Obama’s half-hearted condolences over the death of Fidel Castro reflected the declining influence of the United States in Latin America, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday, shortly after Obama expressed his condolences over the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Castro passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday. He ruled Cuba for five decades until 2006 and before ceding power to his brother Raul.

The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and placed an official embargo against the country in 1962.

The two countries became ideological foes soon after the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power and their ties remained hostile even after the end of the Cold War.

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