Clinton and Madeleine 'Half'-bright kowtowed to North Korea and provided the diminutive dictator with concession after concession. In October of 2000, Albright went to North Korea to cut a missile deal. While pronouncing Kim Jong Il a "jovial and forthcoming and interested and knowledgable" leader, she sat, watched and applauded at the national stadium as North Korea's nuclear and missile programs were floated by. Earlier that year she had declared to dictators world wide that the State Department would no longer call dictatorships "rogue states" but would be termed "states of concern." At that time North Korea proposed that in exchange for cancelling its missile program, the US would pay them $1 billion per year for 3 years, and provide the North Koreans with free satellite launches. Kim Jong Il was, in effect, rewarded for doing whatever he wanted.
From Rich Lowry's book, Legacy:
The US came to believe in 1997 that North Korea had built an underground nuclear facility in Kumchang-ri. The administrtation still dishonestly maintained that all was well with the Agreed Framework. On July 8, 1998, Madeleine Albright told Congress, the Agreed Framework had "frozen North Korea's dangerous nuclear weapons program."
~Legacy: Paying the price for the Clinton years" (Lowry) p. 242
And yes, it is Clinton's fault for where we are with North Korea.
|But an aid policy initiated by the Clinton administration in the mid-1990s to finance two light water nuclear reactors in North Korea puts the isolated communist country on the fast track in the manufacture of nuclear weapons, William R. Graham and Victor Gilinsky told members of the House Policy Committee.|
North Korea's missile proliferation has accelerated dramatically since the Clinton-Gore administration began giving aid to the regime in 1994.
"There were no known No-dong missile sales abroad until after the United States signed the so-called Agreed Framework with North Korea," House Speaker Dennis Hastert's North Korea advisory group reported.
But since U.S. aid began, the communist state has sold crucial technology to Iran for the Shahab missile that now threatens U.S. forces and their allies in the Middle East, and for a Pakistani missile in 1998 that disrupted the fragile stability of South Asia.
For once, the New York Times brings in a conservative opinion writer and, of course, he gets it right.
America has three key strategic goals in the wake of the North Korean nuclear test. The first is to enhance the security of those American allies most directly threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons: Japan and South Korea.
You know what's going to happen: Bush will say that he's "disappointed" and then go to the UN for sanctions. The UN will vote to criticize North Korea but nothing, in effect, will change. We'll hear admonishments, sanctions, calls for inspectors then more talk, talk, talk. The Democrats are already calling for "talks" to be set up with North Korea.
We should send a few planes into North Korea and bomb their delivery platforms. Talk is cheap but nothing says, "Stop it right now" than a few dozen daisy-cutters raining down on your palace and uranium factories.