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Square One In North Korea

President Bush finally negotiated with Kim Jong-Il and got an agreement to “freeze” North Korea’s plutonium weapon processing. The uranium processing program that President Bush accused North Korea of having — the issue that started North Korea on the path to building 10-12 plutonium weapons from reprocessed fuel rods — went unmentioned.

In 2002 President Bush accused North Korea of having a secret uranium processing program. North Korea responded by kicking out UN inspectors, shutting down their plutonium reactor and building 10-12 plutonium -- that's plutonium, not uranium -- bombs. The existence of the alleged uranium processing program is still unproven and the countries that saw Bush's evidence (Japan, China, South Korea and Russia) are unimpressed. As a result, the issue is absent from the agreement.

...physicist David Albright, who recently visited Pyongyang for high-level talks, told Reuters he believes the U.S. "analysis was flawed and no information has emerged supporting the claim of a large-scale North Korean centrifuge plant ... There may never have been a plant under construction or even planned."
Doh!

But now, after allowing North Korea to build 10-12 nuclear weapons and even test one, we have a "freeze" agreement. It's the same agreement that Bill Clinton got over a decade ago -- except that now North Korea has 10-12 nuclear weapons.

Did I mention that President Bush started a sequence of events -- based on bogus intelligence -- that resulted in a nuclear-armed North Korea, and that he did nothing to stop it?

I think Senator Biden's criticism of the deal is the most cutting: "The good news is that it freezes in place North Korea’s nuclear program. The bad news is that North Korea's program is more dangerous to us now than it was in 2002, when President Bush rejected virtually the same deal he is now embracing."

Posted by American Pundit at February 14, 2007 12:32 AM
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Comment #208027

He could have had almost everything he negotiated for immediately when he first got in office and Clinton left it on the table for him.

Posted by: Max at February 14, 2007 9:27 AM
Comment #208037

“Did I mention that President Bush started a sequence of events — based on bogus intelligence — that resulted in a nuclear-armed North Korea, and that he did nothing to stop it?”

Bush did?

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/asiapcf/east/02/07/nkorea.timeline.nuclear/

Posted by: kctim at February 14, 2007 10:51 AM
Comment #208042

Appeasement has never worked. It won’t work this time, either.

Posted by: traveller at February 14, 2007 11:06 AM
Comment #208044

So we come full circle to agree on terms very similar to those in force when Clinton was in office. What a waste of White House space and American resources the oval office has been these last 6 years.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 14, 2007 11:20 AM
Comment #208129

Whatever deal is in place Crazy kim will cheat on it to his hearts content and hope that the nitwit inspectors from the UN are too dense to catch the cheating. I’m always amazed that people think you can negotiate with someone like Kim who is some mix of sadistic killer and insane madman. Just as Clinton knew Kim would cheat on their deal (I’m giving him credit that he is smart enough to know Kim would cheat) Bush is following suit and expects the press to praise him for it the way they praised Clinton for making such a deal. He hasn’t quite figured out that while the press was more than willing to give Clinton a free ride in terms of questioning such a deal they are going to scrutinze these same deals when they come from the Bush white house.

Posted by: Carnak at February 14, 2007 5:36 PM
Comment #208139

David,

“What a waste of White House space and American resources the oval office has been these last 6 years.”

Only 6!!!

Wow I was under the impression that the U.S. governemnt had been waisting resources since its founding.

Guess I was wrong. =)

Posted by: Bryan AJ Kennedy at February 14, 2007 6:14 PM
Comment #208164

Biden’s quote says it all, no?

Posted by: Adrienne at February 14, 2007 9:42 PM
Comment #208207

I must admit to being disappointed in Bush for this one. Sure… he’s an idiot. But at least he had principles!!! Now he’s just a pathetic Republican. Is there any other kind?

Posted by: Juan dela Cruz at February 15, 2007 7:46 AM
Comment #208208

Hillary Bribes S.C. Senator for Support. Talk about your “Culture of Corruption”!

LAUGH. She gives the Black SC Senator’s Private company 200,000 dollars to promote her and suddenly the Senator from South Carolina has come out and told South Carolinians they should vote for Hillary. My my. Hillary has so much money she’s passing out 200,000 dollar “payments” to companies of those local politicians she needs support from. Those Democratic Senators sure know how to run a culture of corruption don’t they?

The senator of course says he takes no “salary” from said company. But he apparently DOES take SERVICES such as transportation, car, etc. Gee doesn’t all that cost money? And I’d bet he has family working there as well if we dig deep enough.

My my. Hillary is certainly rolling in the dough isn’t she? Buying up the support of her fellow Senators. She knows how to deal with Democratic party Senators $$$$$$. I can see why all you left wing nuts are going to be singing her praises in 08. You just love those Clintons and their special brand, their special culture of corruption. It has a certain smell to it! P.U.

Posted by: Stephen at February 15, 2007 7:50 AM
Comment #208369
Bush did?

That’s correct. This is from the timeline you linked:

December 2001: President Bush warns Iraq and North Korea that they would be “held accountable” if they developed weapons of mass destruction “that will be used to terrorize nations.”

10 nuclear weapons later, still no accountability. Clinton would have at least lobbed a few Tomahawk missiles Kim’s way.

Whatever deal is in place Crazy kim will cheat on it to his hearts content…

Maybe, but as we now know, Kim never cheated on the last deal. There’s still no evidence of the uranium enrichment program Bush accused him of. Technically, Bush cheated on Kim.

…and hope that the nitwit inspectors from the UN are too dense…

That’s an odd assertion since we know the “nitwit inspectors” were right about Iraq.

Posted by: American Pundit at February 15, 2007 10:58 PM
Comment #208375

Stephen
The fact that you know about this is evidence that there is no big scandel here. Political consultants get paid. Some are in politics personally.Don’t you think that Clinton Inc. could easily cover something actually sinister up?
One more wingnut talking point. You really should change stations. Try the News Hour. About as unbiased as you can get.
I must assume that these Clinton attacks mean you prefr to be led by President Obama. Has a nice ring to it.

Posted by: BillS at February 15, 2007 11:32 PM
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