Flash: North Korea no longer evil

posted at 12:09 am on May 18, 2006 by Allahpundit

First Libya, now this. Bush supposedly has said he won’t consider a peace treaty unless NK resumes six-party talks on its nuke program, but…

For several years after he first took office, Mr. Bush vowed not to end North Korea’s economic and diplomatic isolation until it entirely dismantled its nuclear program. That stance later softened, and the administration said some benefits to North Korea could begin to flow as significant dismantlement took place. Now, if the president allows talks about a peace treaty to take place on a parallel track with six-nation talks on disarmament, it will signal another major change of tactics.

It’ll signal more than that. An anonymous source tells the Times, “There is a sense that [the U.S.] can’t leave Korea out there as a model for what the Iranians hope to become — a nuclear state that can say no to outside pressure.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s a little late to worry about that now. To be sure, suing for peace with a rogue regime that has some nuclear leverage will send a message to Tehran, but it won’t be the one this guy has in mind. Besides, haven’t the NorKs already proved that it’s possible to say no to international pressure? They’ve been using the pretense of negotiations to cheat and retreat for nearly a decade, and they’ve never enjoyed superpower support like Iran does right now with China and Russia. The only way this makes sense as a “model” for Iran is if you believe the mullahs care less about nukes than about re-establishing diplomatic relations with America. Do you believe that? I don’t. Especially when the same NYT article features quotes like this:

[S]aid one official who has participated in the recent internal debate, “I think it is fair to say that many in the administration have come to the conclusion that dealing head-on with the nuclear problem is simply too difficult.”

That’s a stern lesson for Iran, all right.

A more reasonable explanation for the peace talks is that Bush would want to neutralize NK as best he can before possibly having to move against Iran. A treaty would ensure that the NorKs won’t do something crazy on the Korean peninsula if/when we’re preoccupied with Tehran. It would also give Bush some political capital with which to confront the mullahs. If he can resolve the standoff with North Korea diplomatically, it leaves him less open to the charge of warmongering when the cold war with Tehran turns hot. In fact, it so happens that Debka has a new item tonight alleging that, “[f]or the first time, the Bush administration has embarked on serious preparations for military action against Iran.” I don’t put much stock in it, but surely there are some contingency plans afoot; why not get North Korea off the table in the meantime, just in case?

As for whether a treaty will actually solve anything, what do you think?


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Shouldn’t that pic be in the monkey-love piece?

Good Lord what if they had a love child!

speed647 on May 18, 2006 at 12:32 AM

Let us see:

(1) We are back to paying jizya to Hamas
(2) We’ve let QaDaffy off the hook
(3) We are making nice with NK
(4) We’ve been playing pretty soft with the Gulf States like Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

And to think! This is the president who said “you are either with us or with the terrorists.”


tommy1 on May 18, 2006 at 12:33 AM

Wow, great pic.

rightallthetime on May 18, 2006 at 12:35 AM

Oh! (5) Don’t forget Egypt, either.

You know Mubarak, the blogger Alaa, etc.
(Free Alaa website: http://freealaa.blogspot.com/)

The best our State Department could do was give the Egyptians some “friendly” advice on how to handle uppity democracy activists, even though we give MooBoo and Co. over $2 billion a year in aid.

tommy1 on May 18, 2006 at 12:37 AM

That pic cries out for a Caption Contest!

So what is Kimmie-boy-the-baby-killer thinking at that moment?

My bet: Lets get this over with. Not only is she dumb as a post but smells bad too!

CrazyFool on May 18, 2006 at 12:43 AM

All I can say is international “diplomacy” with the Over-the-Cukoos-Nest gang can’t be easy or fun.

gmoonster on May 18, 2006 at 12:46 AM

THIS is what the War On Terror has come to???

Halley on May 18, 2006 at 1:10 AM

George Weasel Bush seems to think that when his Administration can’t handle a situation because that situation “is out of (his) control”, the only solution is to have recourse to the french strategy: RETREAT.

We are seeing this pattern in surrendering to the illegal immigrants by granting them amnesty, and now with North Korea. Sooner or later it will be with the Chinese, Iran, Venezuela and oh yes… Iraq.

When will Tom Tancredo run for president? I can’t wait.

CatholicConservative on May 18, 2006 at 1:39 AM

Yeah, I’ll give him a pass on Libya, but I don’t see any good reason for this.

see-dubya on May 18, 2006 at 1:51 AM

The indecision about what to do with Korea has existed since 1951, when MacArthur wanted to bomb hell out of them and end the problem-and the undeclared war-in a month. Truman and the Democrats couldn’t make a decision, and 55 years later politicians continue the tradition.

clyde on May 18, 2006 at 6:40 AM

Anyone that wants the full story on Korea, check out the book American Caesar by William Manchester, the story of MacArthur’s life and career. The chapter on Korea is enlightening, to say the least, and a perfect example of people in charge not knowing how to do their jobs or confronting reality. It’s a EXCELLENT book, by the way, and not a whitewash.

clyde on May 18, 2006 at 6:57 AM

Good idea Crazy! I think Speed already won! HAHA! My entry is:

Guard: “Great Leader, Maddy Albright is here to see you.”

Kim: “Maddy Albright?! OH NO! … Oh, hey Maddy, great to see you again.”

Maddy: “Hi Kim, I heard you were ronery so I came to visit you my good friend!”


Tony737 on May 18, 2006 at 7:31 AM

No, George Bush is not crazy! He has inherited from his daddy that dreaded disease running rampant throughout the Bush family, ‘foot in mouth disease.’

Bush’s brain is no longer in touch with his mouth!

A very dangerous afliction indeed, for a sitting President.

ForYourEdification on May 18, 2006 at 10:12 AM

Why it is so hard to fight evil and do the right thing?

It’s a democrats-in-control Cold War all over again with Iran, N. Korea..
You do not win like this..

b2stealth on May 18, 2006 at 12:11 PM

You’ve got the right idea, Tony. I think somewhere out in Colorado, Trey Parker is looking at that picture and wishing he could re-edit “Team America”.

Kim Jong-Il and Madeline Albright? There has to be a good half hour of material in there somewhere.

52Ranger on May 18, 2006 at 4:28 PM

Hey Ranger, maybe they can do a sequel. They said it was too much work doing puppets but maybe they can do a cartoon. This time Team America takes out Ahamahjamahdingdong along with the hostesses of “The View” live on the set! (snicker) I crack myself up!

Condi ’08!

Tony737 on May 18, 2006 at 7:39 PM