...That Mr. Trump can vilify Castro as a "Brutal Dictator," but then find it so convenient to cozy up to another.
One could certainly argue, if one accepts the assumption that Castro was in the same ilk as, say Stalin, or Pol Pot, or Mao, even if it was on a much smaller scale, whether he was more or less so than Putin, but it would be difficult, I think, to argue that Putin is not so, even if the scale of his achievements so far still pale to the B.D. list just indicated.
Putin, after all grew up within the cherished legacy of Stalin, making a point to prosper within the very institutions (the KGB probably being only one of them) that Stalin made so infamous. And there can be little doubt now that a considerable number of people have been tortured, and/or eliminated, as a part of his trying to re establish a Stalin like pinnacle of power in Russia; even if he tries to cover it with the facade of a supposed Democracy.
It would be natural then to wonder why this inconsistency has taken place.
On the one hand Trump is a narcissistic, opportunist who simply likes to latch onto whatever is outrageous, for both the quick publicity, as well as the thrill of pissing off what he considers is just another elite (in the foreign policy world). But be that as it may, one cannot, on the other hand, escape the obvious observation that Trump has been in a quite beneficial quid pro quo relationship with Mr. Putin (getting hackers, and god only knows how much behind the scenes propaganda). The bottom line being that there was hardly anything for him to get in return for not vilifying the dead guy, and a great deal to gain in being buddies with the guy not only still alive, but actually still in power.
The cold calculation at work here ought to be an alarm bell for those who have so far been either entranced, or just asleep at the switch, as they supported and voted for this man. It is, unfortunately, clear that this is quite unlikely. Even as the early indications are that, despite the lip service, or the token efforts, little in the realm of substance for true economic change is likely to occur; assuming, of course that by "change" one means something quite positive. Which is to say that even that alarm bell is likely to be ignored as well. At least for the time being.
The next question then becomes how bad things will have to become before those folks finally do get it into their heads that they have been played like a bumpkin at a carney show.