This frame grab from South Korean television taken in Seoul shows former US President Bill Clinton(R) and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il posing for a picture in Pyongyang.Clinton arrived in North Korea on a surprise mission to free two jailed American journalists, the highest-profile visit by an American to Pyongyang for nearly a decadeFormer United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is NOT impressed with former President Bill Clinton meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il.
The Obama administration is rewarding North Korea for its bad behavior by sending ex-president Bill Clinton to Pyongyang to win the release of two US journalists, the former US ambassador to the UN said Tuesday.
John Bolton, an outspoken hardliner in the previous administration of George W. Bush, told AFP that Clinton’s mission to Pyongyang undermines a number of public stands held by his own wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“It comes perilously close to negotiating with terrorists,” Bolton told AFP when asked about Bill Clinton’s trip to secure the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
The pair were sentenced in June to 12 years in a labor camp for an illegal border crossing and an unspecified “grave crime,” after they were detained by North Korean border guards on March 17 while working on a story.
“I think this is a very bad signal because it does exactly what we always try and avoid doing with terrorists, or with rogue states in general, and that’s encouraging their bad behavior,” Bolton said.
In a US television interview here on July 26, Secretary Clinton warned North Korea that even its traditional allies had turned against it and that the communist state’s rogue behavior will no longer “be rewarded.”
Bolton also scoffed the White House’s contention that Bill Clinton’s visit is “solely a private mission” when he said “this is a former president who is married to the secretary of state. There’s nothing private about this.”
Remember this was the same President who sent his Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to visit Kim Jong-Il with a Michael Jordan autographed basketball.
North Korea Leader Kim Jong-Il and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Exit question: What is this diplomatic gesture by Bill Clinton going to cost the United States?
Chris, King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia has been around quite a long time now. Remember when President Bush was criticised for walking hand in hand with the Saudi potentate?
There was NO reason for President Obama to bow down to the Saudi leader unless he knows something more about America’s energy (spelled OIL) supply than the general public.
The President would be better to be listening to fellow Americans: Drill, Baby, Drill!
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, is seen in Lewis Center, Ohio. Voinovich is telling associates he intends to retire rather than run again in 2010, according to officials inside the partyFlap has no use for the “RETIRING” George Voinovich and so it is no great loss to the Republican Party for him to retire.
Ohio Republican George Voinovich is expected to announce Monday that he won’t seek reelection to the Senate in 2010.
A two-term senator, former governor and Cleveland mayor, Voinovich has been a political fixture in his state for decades. But recent press reports from his home state have indicated the 72-year-old lawmaker is considering retirement, and a person close to him told Politico that the announcement will come Monday.
Rumor is that either Republican Budget Director Rob Portman or former Congressman John Kasich will make a run for the office. Both would make great Senators, unlike Voinovich.
Good bye and good luck, Senator.
Don’t let the door hit you on the ass as you leave.
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George Monbiot blocked by security guards
No citizen’s arrest of John Bolton, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations this evening. The obviously muddleheaded George Moonbat Monbiot was blocked by security guards from serving upon Bolton the “charge sheet.”
The attention seeking Monbiot achieved what he sought out to do: Prove that he is indeed a moron.
Journalist George Monbiot is taking the law into his own hands by promisng to arrest former United States ambassador to the United Nations as an Iraq War criminal.
George Monbiot, the journalist and activist, is planning the action because he believes Mr Bolton is a “war criminal”.
He said he was surprised that Mr Bolton would be allowed to “swim through the politest of polite soirees â€“ which is of course Hay.”
Mr Bolton, who was the American ambassador to the UN from August 2005 to January 2006, is due to talk at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival at 6.30pm on international relations.
Now, this should be good. The legal authorities in the United Kingdom say Monbiot’s actions are unlawful.
Flap wonders what Bolton will do?
Will he allow Monbiot take him into custody and then file a civil suit for assault and unlawful detainment? Or will Bolton simply resist the Moonbat Monbiot and punch him in the nose?
Flap bets the police will be there and escort Monbiot off of the premises.
Shame….would love to see Bolton punch his way out of the flap.
John Bolton former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton slammed Barack Obama for his policies of appeasement
Hugh Hewitt interviewed former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton yesterday. The key subject of discussion was Barack Obama’s inexperience and naivety in foreign policy.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2nd L) visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, 350 km (217 miles) south of Tehran, April 8, 2008
Israel now believes that Iran with its uranium enrichment centrifuges spinning at Natanz will be able to begin enriching uranium on a military scale this year.
The new assessment moves up Israel’s forecasts on Teheran’s nuclear program by almost a full year – from 2009 to the end of 2008. According to the new timeline, Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the middle of next year.
Iran, a senior defense official said on Tuesday, had encountered numerous technical obstacles on its way to enriching uranium but was now on track to master the technology needed to enrich uranium within six months.
Israel is also concerned that Teheran is developing a cruise missile that can evade interception by the Arrow, the IDF’s anti-ballistic missile defense system. Iran is suspected of having smuggled Ukrainian X-55 cruise missiles and using them as models for an independent, domestic project. A cruise missile, which flies at low altitudes to dodge radar detection and interception, could be used to carry a nuclear warhead.
In the meantime, the United States sits idly by as Iran exports extremists to kill American soldiers in Iraq.
Flap agrees with John Bolton on this one.
So, will the United States continue its emphasis on economic and political sanctions while Iran develops BREAKOUT CAPABILITY?
Former United States Ambassador (seen here voting in the UNSC) to the United Nations has endorsed Senator John McCain for President
Team McCain yesterday issued a press release stating that John Bolton has endorsed John McCain for President.
The key quotes:
“John McCain was very active and supportive during my confirmation hearings to be the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. His belief in me at that time was a testament to his courage to fight the liberals in the Senate and vigorously advance American interests at the UN.
“I whole-heartedly endorse John McCain for President because when he takes office in January 2009 he will be prepared immediately to lead us. John will not need on the job training.
“American conservatives will have a President they can be proud of in John McCain.”
A good conservative endorsement for McCain which is noteworthy from the LEFT. McCain would be well advised to use Bolton in his campaign against the status quo State Department and in a run against Washington.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks to the media in New York, 2006. Bolton accused a top BBC presenter of being leftwing and “a superior Brit” in a colourful on-air spat.
Flap knew he liked John bolton when he was at the United Nations. Listen as he dresses down a lefty interviewer with the NON “fair and balanced” BBC.
Talk about a smack down……..
Is there any wonder why the UN and the Democrats wanted him OUT?
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