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Epic Fail: Sean Penn and other dignitaries attempt to sweet talk Cuba’s dictatorship into releasing Alan Gross fails miserably

Via Capitol Hill Cubans:

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."

5 comments to Epic Fail: Sean Penn and other dignitaries attempt to sweet talk Cuba’s dictatorship into releasing Alan Gross fails miserably

  • asombra

    Ah, Prick, I mean Penn. Again. Well, he does have diplomat written all over him, no? Or at least he could play one--maybe. In any case, I expect Cuba's costumed dictator got a kick out yet more American comemierdas groveling in vain.

  • asombra

    Penn must know about Reinaldo Arenas, at least from seeing the movie, and yet he's got no problem schmoozing with his oppressors and persecutors. On top of the monumental hypocrisy, he feels all morally superior and shit, and of course he feels FAR more "in touch" with the Cuban situation than "those people." I know this is all par for the course and very old news, but if you stop to examine it, it's absolutely astonishing. How is it possible to be such an incredible asshole?

  • asombra

    But I'm sure Penn got a consolation prize: a T-shirt that reads "I went to free Alan Gross, and all I got was mojitos, cigars and cheap sex."

  • joelima

    Asombra: Regarding Reinaldo Arenas, Penn didn't just see the movie, he was IN the freakin' movie. Maybe he just read his scene, and not the rest of the script? Mind-boggling.

  • asombra

    Maybe nobody told Sean that "Before Night Falls" wasn't a work of fiction. Again, what an ASSHOLE--and an incredibly presumptuous one, to boot. Still, he may really be a case of trying way too hard to compensate for innate stupidity. I'm reminded of what Truman Capote said about Marlon Brando--that he had the intelligence of a frog.