Captain Ed has a post from Senator McCain
This isnâ€™t just about North Korea. Iran is watching this test of the Councilâ€™s will, and our decisions will surely influence their response to demands that they cease their nuclear program. Now, we must, at long last, stop reinforcing failure with failure.
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks during a campaign stop for Republican senate candidate Mike Bouchard in Southfield, Mich., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. McCain voiced support for tough U.N. sanctions against North Korea in response to North Korea’s reported test of a nuclear device.
Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused former President Clinton, the husband of his potential 2008 White House rival, of failing to act in the 1990s to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.
“I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration’s policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure,” McCain said at a news conference after a campaign appearance for Republican Senate candidate Mike Bouchard.
“The Koreans received millions and millions in energy assistance. They’ve diverted millions of dollars of food assistance to their military,” he said.
Flap wonders if Slick will attempt to get McCain slimed with the Clintonesq politics of personal destruction now that Clinton has been duly ass-whipped because of his pathetic North Korean foreign policy. McCain is NO Chris Wallace.
Democrats have argued President Clinton presented his successor with a framework for dealing with North Korea and the Republican fumbled the opportunity. In October 2000, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a groundbreaking visit to Pyongyang to explore a missile deal with Chairman Kim Jong Il. There was even talk of a visit by President Clinton.
The initial breakthrough occurred in October 1994 when U.S. negotiators persuaded North Korea to freeze its nuclear program, with onsite monitoring by U.N. inspectors. In exchange, the United States, with input from South Korea and Japan, promised major steps to ease North Korea’s acute energy shortage.
These commitments were inherited by the Bush administration, which made clear almost from the outset that it believed the Clinton policy ignored key elements of North Korea’s activities, especially the threat posed by the hundreds of thousands of troops on permanent duty along the Demilitarized Zone with South Korea.
McCain vs Clinton and an interesting prospective race between Hillary and McCain in 2008. Will Hillary run away from husband bill’s North Korean legacy?
Doubtful – Even if the policy is WRONG.
The Democrats will love to criticize Bush for this rogue nuclear test but who was it that appeased Kim Jong -Il and delayed the Missile Defense Agency?
Well, it was Bill Clinton.
Said McCain: “Prior to the agreement, every single time the Clinton Administration warned the Koreans not to do something — not to kick out the IAEA inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor — they did it. And they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton Administration with further talks. We had a carrots and no sticks policy that only encouraged bad behavior. When one carrot didn’t work, we offered another.”
Stay tuned for Slick Willy’s response……..