From the Chicago Tribune:
Bipartisan pitch can’t sway Cuba on rights issues
10 U.S. lawmakers hoped to ease embargo
By Gary Marx
Tribune foreign correspondent
Published December 18, 2006
HAVANA — The largest U.S. congressional delegation in years ended talks here Sunday without a commitment from Cuban authorities to release political prisoners or make other concessions that could bolster those seeking to ease U.S. sanctions against Cuba.
Cuban officials were amenable to discussing with the U.S. such issues as immigration and anti-narcotics cooperation, but they refused to concede any changes in internal policy as a way to further talks.
“The Cuban officials made every attempt to convince us [and] to demonstrate that there is no change of policy in Cuba,” said Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), one of 10 American lawmakers visiting Cuba.
Jeff Flake and his cohorts, however, will most likely continue their vendetta against the embargo regardless. Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Cuba be damned.
Alfredo has a few photos of the duped Congressional suckers here.
There’s more here.