N. Korea's Nuclear Program, the Real Culprit

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    http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/charleskrauthammer/2002/10/25/164728.html


    By Charles Krauthammer

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    "One of the proudest achievements of the Clinton administration was the Agreed Framework with North Korea. Clinton assured us that it froze the North Korean nuclear program. North Korea gave us a piece of paper promising to freeze; we gave North Korea 500,000 tons of free oil every year and set about building--also for free--two huge $2 billion (each) nuclear power plants that supposedly could be used only to produce electricity. Japan and South Korea were induced to give tons of foreign aid as well, Clinton being the committed multilateralist, even in extortion. It turns out the North Koreans took the loot and lied. Surprise! All the while they were enriching uranium. They now brazenly admit to having a nuclear weapons program and other weapons of mass destruction."
     
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    I think this is old news, y'all. The light water reactor (the deal was two of them) project was halted barely after it was started when the inspectors found the No. Koreans cheating AGAIN and NK announced they had resumed attempting to build a nuclear weapon.
     
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    Of course, it's old news. That's why I posted it.

    In the noise being made over Iran, it seemed like a good idea to remind people that N. Korea is a far greater nuclear threat than Iran along with the reasons why.
     
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    So, carpro, should we go after both Iran and North Korea? What should we do about North Korea?

    BTW, my apologies if I'm missing your point.
     
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    No apologies necessary.

    I just posted it as a reminder to see if I could stir up some discussion. ;)
     
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    As to dealing with North Korea, we start dealing with a Stalinist dictatorship as a dictatorship. If we are going to subsidize economic stupidity by feeding their people, we should make clear that organizations doing so (not with taxpayer money) must be given access to the people who need it. The North Korean government has obstructed those efforts in the past. We should also bring attention to their atrocious human rights record before international bodies. We should also stop/block further international aid from such as the IMF or World Bank so that North Korea's leaders have to face the consequences of their backward economy. We should also offer accelerated development of missile defense to both South Korea and Japan (which will serve the additional purpose of strengthening deterrence of China).
     
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    Are you saying Clinton is the real Culprit?
     
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    OR,

    You probably addressed that to carpro, but my answer is that no, Clinton is not the culprit, North Korea is, but I would agree that Clinton's muddle-headed, liberal-squishy response to the Korean Stalinist regime set back the possibility of dealing appropriately with this threat.
     
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    That was just a question thrown out there for whoever! :D
     
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    I've got one for Ken: I understand that, to make a point, you were asking why the U.S. has done nothing about the greater and more imminent threat from North Korea and is instead apparently going after Iran. What would you have President Bush do about the situation in North Korea?
     
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    Yes. I believe he was.

    From a foreign policy standpoint, his entire presidency is a study in sell outs and quick fixes gone sour.
     
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    Carpro,

    I agree. Though Kim Jong Il is the enemy, Monica Lewinsky was small potatoes as far as Clinton's "failures". He should have been impeached for sacrificing national security for Chinese campaign dollars.
     
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    Amen, Brother!

    Chinagate is the biggest uninvestigated criminal activity of American politics in the 20th Century.
     
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    Actually, I think I found Ken's answer to my question in a previous thread, HERE.
     

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