Epic Fail: Sean Penn and other dignitaries attempt to sweet talk Cuba’s dictatorship into releasing Alan Gross fails miserably
Another Unsuccessful Negotiation for Alan Gross' Release
Not sure who's brilliant idea this was.
However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar and actor Sean Penn join the long list of dignitaries who have sought to -- unsuccessfully -- reason with the Castro regime for Alan Gross' release.
The list includes senior State Department officials; former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Reverend Jesse Jackson; former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; numerous U.S. Senators, including Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ); and over a dozen House Members, including U.S. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and the Congressional Black Caucus.
As we've long argued, since American development worker Alan Gross was unjustly imprisoned by the Castro regime on December 3rd, 2009, the Obama Administration has sought diplomatic engagement and easing sanctions as means to secure his release.
(See "Cuba's American Hostage" in The Wall Street Journal).
Neither have been successful.
The one thing the Administration hasn't tried is tightening sanctions.
Squeeze the Castro regime's income and send an unequivocal message that taking Americans hostage is unacceptable.
Repercussions for Alan Gross' hostage taking are long-overdue.
As was revealed in a Bloomberg article today:
"On Wednesday, Elon Musk, founder of electric-car company Tesla Motors (TSLA), is on the phone recounting how the pair traveled [Musk and Pishevar] to Cuba last year with Sean Penn and ended up negotiating (unsuccessfully) with the Castro government for the release of an American imprisoned there."