Video: Bolton slams Bush over North Korea deal

posted at 2:44 pm on February 14, 2007 by Allahpundit

Bret Baier of FNC threw him a curveball at today’s press conference: how could the North Korea deal be so allegedly sweet when the president’s own high-profile former ambassador to the UN thinks it’s crap? The Foxies surely knew the question was coming because they had JB himself standing by for reaction as soon as the presser ended. His take jibes with NRO’s:

The longstanding debate about North Korea in U.S. diplomatic circles has been whether to attempt reforming the regime through negotiations and incentives or forcing its eventual collapse through sanctions and isolation. After Kim’s nuclear test, the Bush administration moved forcefully in the latter direction. Much to everyone’s surprise, it managed to bring the U.N. Security Council along with it. Kim’s promise now to behave himself may well have been an act of desperation as the sanctions began to bite. This was no time to loosen their jaws. On the bright side, we’ve won a promise from a liar.

In other words, whither the axis of evil?


Exit question one, which is seldom ever asked of Bolton: Would the “cure” here be worse than the disease? And exit question two: Is Bush set to try the “sanctions and isolation” approach with another adversary?

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Bolton is a great American and the Onion piece was brilliant.

Valiant on February 14, 2007 at 3:08 PM

I agree with him… But the whole slamming of the commander in chief thing… god it’s getting old.

Ringmaster on February 14, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Bolton’s accurate analysis makes Bush sound like a bumbling amateur. Get a clue George, Bolton should be your chief foreign policy advisor.

infidel4life on February 14, 2007 at 3:13 PM

I agree with him… But the whole slamming of the commander in chief thing… god it’s getting old.

AMEN!

tomas on February 14, 2007 at 3:15 PM

And exit question two: Is Bush set to try to the “sanctions and isolation” approach with another adversary?

Beats the hell out of the “kiss their ass and hope they throw you a bone” approach, doesn’t it?

Kid’s Exit Question: Why in the blue hell is Bolton not Secretary of State?

Kid from Brooklyn on February 14, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Kid’s Exit Question: Why in the blue hell is Bolton not Secretary of State?

Cause there’s no way he gets past Harry Reid’s Senate?

Fred on February 14, 2007 at 3:30 PM

How is Bolton “slamming” the CIC?

He’s disagreeing with him. And with Secretary Powell.

Nothing wrong with that. It’s one of the things that distinguishes us from our counterparts on the Left: we countanence intra-party disagreement and actually encourage debate.

Bush has decided to take the Colin Powell (and Madeline Albright) line on North Korea. That deserves criticism.

Fred on February 14, 2007 at 3:37 PM

The funny thing will be to watch the MSM begin referring to Bolton as a top diplomat and refer to how highly respected he is in diplomatic circles – all just because he disagrees with Bush on this issue.

The MSM is so pathetic.

JadeNYU on February 14, 2007 at 4:04 PM

George Bush: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

asc85 on February 14, 2007 at 4:14 PM

The “worse than the disease” link above is a long article by Robert Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts [which Hugh Hewitt described as one of the most important books of 2005 - Kaplan is a keen and thoroughgoing military researcher and observer]. The scenarios he describes in the article concerning North Korean collapse are about the most informative I’ve read and the article is worth the time.

I wish someone would ask Bolton if the cure here is “worse than the disease.” He’d actually answer.

eeyore on February 14, 2007 at 4:18 PM

My take is that this is all about getting Europe to sign on to sanctions against Iran. This agreement with NK is probably sh%t but we weren’t going to get anything better in the near future. Time is not on our side. We need sanctions against Iran ASAP to have any chance at stopping their nuclear program through peaceful means and Europe agreeing to sanctions would truly hurt them. All of this is predicted on Iran being the bigger threat at the moment because they would get nukes in the hands of terrorists quicker than NK.

Of course all of these efforts might fail and President Clinton will just sign off on any treaty which pushes the nuking of an American city to the end of her terms in office.

Bill C on February 14, 2007 at 4:22 PM

The funny thing will be to watch the MSM begin referring to Bolton as a top diplomat and refer to how highly respected he is in diplomatic circles – all just because he disagrees with Bush on this issue.

Dead on.

Man, what I would pay to watch President Bolton in action..

Levy on February 14, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Bolton’s accurate analysis makes Bush sound like a bumbling amateur.

infidel4life on February 14, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Just think what a mess things would be if Gore or Kerry were making these decisions?

Lawrence on February 14, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Ewwww…..

Just had an Evil thought….

Hey!!! Newt buddy!!! we all know yer gonna run….

How about Bolton for Sec State?

Romeo13 on February 14, 2007 at 4:32 PM

George Bush: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

asc85 on February 14, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Bingo. Six-pack on me Fed-Ex’d to asc.

Limerick on February 14, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Just think what a mess things would be if Gore or Kerry were making these decisions?

Lawrence on February 14, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Yeesh, that thought just generated a full body *shudder*

infidel4life on February 14, 2007 at 4:54 PM

To know the real stakes, read the article by Kaplan. It is a well researched write-up.

Ouabam on February 14, 2007 at 5:53 PM

John Bolton’s Mustache for President.

Via la Moustache!

spmat on February 14, 2007 at 7:22 PM

To the point……….

Name one United States Government department, just one, along with …. one UN agency, department, program, policy, social program, etc, that is not filled with corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse…..

Name one other global state, other than the United States, which steps up to the plate, with it’s own agencies, departments, programs, policies, social programs, etc, that are not filled with corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse… that at least tries with public servants like John Bolton?

Now, name the political party in the United States who wants the UN to take a bigger role, the Democrats or the Republicans?

All I am asking is for one………. just one.

Just one…?

One?

PinkyBigglesworth on February 15, 2007 at 1:48 AM

Just think what a mess things would be if Gore or Kerry were making these decisions?

Lawrence on February 14, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Now that’s funny!

honora on February 15, 2007 at 10:07 AM