Leahy Leaves Cuba "Empty-Handed"

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Reuters' headline speaks for itself:

"U.S. congressional delegation leaves Cuba empty-handed"

Not really though.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and his snowbird colleagues escaped the cold, got to have some fancy meals in the regime's finest restaurants and gave General Raul Castro another great photo-op (below).

Sure sounds a lot like Senator Leahy's February 2012 pilgrimage to Havana.

Here's the full story:

A U.S. congressional delegation left Cuba on Wednesday after meetings with President Raul Castro and other top officials, but no sign the countries had resolved their latest dispute: the fate of imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

Delegation members and their staff said they were encouraged by the relaxed tone of their meetings and indications the Cuban side wanted the dialogue to continue.

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont canceled a news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning before taking a stroll with his wife in downtown Havana then leaving for Haiti.

"We met with President Raul Castro and discussed the continuing obstacles and the need to improve relations between our two countries," he said in a brief statement.