North Korea frees American journalists after Clinton visit

posted at 4:34 pm on August 4, 2009 by Allahpundit

A great result for all concerned at a relatively low cost. The journalists get freedom; The One gets the political benefit of bringing two Americans home safely; Billy Jeff gets the ego massage of knowing he’s still a player on the global stage; and Kim gets what he’s forever seeking, namely, the prestige of posing a sufficiently significant threat to America as to command an audience with a former president. Everyone wins! Well, except Hillary.

State media claims an apology was involved, and aside from Barry O, who’s more practiced at that sort of thing than Bill Clinton?

North Korea will pardon two jailed US journalists after visiting former president Bill Clinton apologised to leader Kim Jong-Il for their behaviour, state media reported Wednesday.

“The measure taken to release the American journalists is a manifestation of the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) humanitarian and peace-loving policy,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported…

“Clinton expressed words of sincere apology to Kim Jong-Il for the hostile acts committed by the two American journalists against the DPRK after illegally intruding into it,” KCNA reported.

“Clinton courteously conveyed to Kim Jong-Il an earnest request of the US government to leniently pardon them and send them back home from a humanitarian point of view,” it said…

KCNA said Clinton’s meetings with leader Kim and with his official number two Kim Yong-Nam featured “candid and in-depth discussions on the pending issues between the DPRK and the US in a sincere atmosphere and reached a consensus of views on seeking a negotiated settlement of them”.

Normally I’d dismiss the idea of Clinton apologizing for the crime of journalism as North Korean propaganda, but after today’s betrayal of democracy, I’m not so sure. Exit question one: The media’s bound to greet this with another round of “Hillary marginalized!” stories, but isn’t it better that Obama sent a private citizen than the secretary of state? The difficulty here was giving Kim enough to get the journalists back without giving him so much that it would sacrifice the prestige of the U.S. government. Having the head of the State Department jet off to Pyongyang to beg for mercy would have been humiliating. Having the Clenis do it — well, who cares? Exit question two: Any hawk worth his or her salt will bristle at the thought of Kim being “rewarded” for kidnapping journalists with a state visit by a former C-in-C, but isn’t that perfectly consistent with our North Korea policy? They’re a major threat to launch a regional war but they’re also oddly easily placated by sporadic attention (and food assistance, natch) from the United States. A state visit every 10-12 years to keep Kim stable-ish and out of our hair seems like a bargain as a way to buy time until the regime eventually implodes.


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I repeat: How much?

Vashta.Nerada on August 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Distractions …

Don’t be moved by the distractions. Government run healthcare is the devil that must be killed.

tarpon on August 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

They’re a major threat to launch a regional war

With what, exactly?

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

You must use a silver bullet to kill universal healthcare

it must hit the heart

blatantblue on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Maybe this was to DISTRACT from Obama FIRING Patrick Fitzgerald. hmmmmmmmmm

ordi on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

LOlL, all this setup for a photo op with Clinton?

Lil Kim had a photo-op with Albright last time but this time, Obama pretty much ignored him, actually didn’t know what to do with him, and its been obvious lil Kim has been throwing major tantrums to get noticed. Finally, they got Clinton and the photo op.

promachus on August 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM

We’re apologizing? Shall we be compensating next time?

spmat on August 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Bill Clinton is NOT a second-class citizen. He is a former POTUS. I think he carries more clout than our current SoS.

Oink on August 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM

While we’re at it, I apologize to the world for Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct.

whitetop on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

It’s just the thought of actually apologizing to this imbecile….arrrrgh
but who better than WJC

cmsinaz on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

He “delivers” only as Bill Clinton can.

CynicalOptimist on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Maybe this was to DISTRACT from Obama FIRING Patrick Fitzgerald. hmmmmmmmmm

ordi on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Wait! When did that happen?

Oink on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Oink on August 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Yep. AP calling him a “private citizen” is a joke.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Very interesting. The lefties were all saying Clinton was sent to pick them up. I protested, saying Obama would never let Bill get credit for that.

Maybe I was wrong.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

With all your “great” points, as a typical liberal, you ignore the humiliation brought upon this nation as we once again bow down to a petty thug….. Can’t wait until we invite him for a beer. Wonder who will help the gargoyle down the steps?

ultracon on August 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

And yes, SOS’s rarely personally negotiate the release of individuals. That’s nearly always done by envoy.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Logan Act

corona on August 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

in-depth discussions on the pending issues between the DPRK and the US in a sincere atmosphere and reached a consensus of views on seeking a negotiated settlement of them”.

But of course!

Texas Gal on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Wow, hopefully these two female journalists aren’t allowed to stay in the same cabin with BJ for the entire 12 hour flight b/c you have to think that he’s gonna be expecting some sort of “thanks” for their release—if you know what I mean…

Delaware Vol on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Clinton expressed words of sincere apology

Those guys obviously don’t know Clinton very well.

venividivici on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

With what, exactly?

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Artillery that can hit the S. Korean capitol, missiles that can hit Japan and 20 or 30,000 Americans in the line of fire?

BadgerHawk on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

I really don’t think this was a good idea. This is rewarding NK for bad behavior. Not to mention it undermines what his wife (Sec. of State)has said publicly. Not a very good message to send.

mothra on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Delaware Vol on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

LOL

:-)

cmsinaz on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

BadgerHawk on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

So the idea is to play footsey until the regime collapses and they have a nuke on top of that? (That’s my point, btw)

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

until the regime eventually implodes

Or metastasizes. Name one dictatorship that’s “imploded” in the last 25 years. Ones that we bombed into submission don’t count.

spmat on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Exit question one: The media’s bound to greet this with another round of “Hillary marginalized!” stories, but isn’t it better that Obama sent a private citizen than the secretary of state?

After thinking about it, it may HAVE been the best move. We have no diplomatic relations with the DPRK…

As was reported on the news as well, the US does gain a bit of intel from this…Bubba was able to see, and will report no doubt, not only on Dear Leader’s personal appearance…is he healthy?…but also on is he still in total control…

The whole “apology” given by Clinton A) Carries no official US position with it, given Clinton is a private citizen, and B) The “apology” was simply lip service, necessary and prob a demand from Kim in order to release the journos. No harm done.

JetBoy on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

They’re a major threat to launch a regional war but they’re also oddly easily placated by sporadic attention (and food assistance, natch) from the United States.

Or bad cop/good cop. Hillary snapped his head off last week. Bill placates.

Not a bad team approach. *haha

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I think this is a good move, since as a private citizen, Clinton couldn’t promise anything of substance…and Kim probably met one of his heroes.
Chalk one up for whomever devised this,if it was Obama, good for him, but I have a feeling Bill stepped in and gave some guidance on this one.

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

What’s the catch? Is the bill in the mail? At least I don’t have a trip planned to Hawaii any time soon.

SouthernGent on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

our current SoS

Secretary of Slogans

whitetop on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Wow, hopefully these two female journalists aren’t allowed to stay in the same cabin with BJ for the entire 12 hour flight b/c you have to think that he’s gonna be expecting some sort of “thanks” for their release—if you know what I mean…

True. Women have a way of hitting on Bill for sport. :)

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

The leftist websites are in full celebration mode:

“Bush could never have done that”
“I forgive Clinton for trashing Obama”
“Now he can make peace in Iran”

These guys really are know-nothing idiots…

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

but isn’t it better that Obama sent a private citizen than the secretary of state?

Agreed. Though someone even a little further down would have been nice.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

“Clinton expressed words of sincere apology to Kim Jong-Il for the hostile acts committed by the two American journalists against the DPRK after illegally intruding into it,”

Hah, apologize, apologize.

Alden Pyle on August 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

corona on August 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Obama is the United States, with respect to the Logan Act.

spmat on August 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM

“Bush could never have done that”
“I forgive Clinton for trashing Obama”
“Now he can make peace in Iran”

Oh really?

As I said, yesterday it was all about how Obama had already negotiated and Bill was just the pick-up guy.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Artillery that can hit the S. Korean capitol, missiles that can hit Japan and 20 or 30,000 Americans in the line of fire?

BadgerHawk on August 4, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Don’t forget about chemical weapons and possibly biological weapons.

Shock the Monkey on August 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM

you can let the young korean girls out now that slick has left the country

rjoco1 on August 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Well, we haven’t apologized, yet, for the Korean War as far as I know. Hope. Change.

lorien1973 on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

A state visit every 10-12 years to keep Kim stable-ish and out of our hair seems like a bargain as a way to buy time until the regime eventually implodes.

I wonder if those who are in Kim’s concentration camps like feeling “stable.” And yes, the “buy time” strategy has been working great… for over 60 years and counting. I’m sure the millions that died in the early 90s goverment-engineered famine agree!

Pasalubong on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Logan Act

corona on August 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Here is some bad news for you…that law degree you got with three box tops from Wheat Chex, doesn’t really mean you are an attorney.

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Something was given to N. Korea and we need to know what it is. They are playing foolishly with our foreign policy.

jencab on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Well, I’m just glad the girls are out of there. NK is not anyplace to be jailed.

It’s a success.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

The whole “apology” given by Clinton A) Carries no official US position with it, given Clinton is a private citizen, and B) The “apology” was simply lip service, necessary and prob a demand from Kim in order to release the journos. No harm done.

JetBoy on August 4, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Unless said apology came as a letter signed by Obama himself.

C’mon, it was a “private trip” but can YOU take a trip into North Korea? Do YOU have the White House ready to release ready made talking points about how they know what Clinton is up to, where he is and what he’s going to talk about but it’s a “private trip” so they’re not involved?

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Well, I’m just glad the girls are out of there. NK is not anyplace to be jailed.

It’s a success.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

6 hours. He got them released in 6 hours by flying over with an entourage…

Seems to me he could’ve done that with a phone call.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Congratulations to Mr. Clinton and these young women. I am happy for their families. W was the only one who had a decent strategy for NK by cutting off all of their finances but gave in too soon. I am sure he thought the people would suffer but they are anyway.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I wonder if those who are in Kim’s concentration camps like feeling “stable.” And yes, the “buy time” strategy has been working great… for over 60 years and counting.

Explain how much you’re willing to pay for a war and how many men you’re prepared to sacrifice to open those camps.

Allahpundit on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

But according to the wing nuts diplomacy doesn’t work. A bomb would have been much faster

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Seems to me he could’ve done that with a phone call.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

No, that photo op was priceless.

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Little Kim just wants a beer summit with a communist brother.

farright on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Wonder if they discussed the best wasy to exterminate handicapped children…biological weapons, or the good old faithful meat grinder…

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Here is some bad news for you…that law degree you got with three box tops from Wheat Chex, doesn’t really mean you are an attorney.

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I bet it ticks you off to no end that civilians get to know the law.

Sorry sport, he’s right on the money.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

How can the “reality based community” be so dumb to think this was anything but carefully arranged stagecraft?

Speedwagon82 on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Seems to me he could’ve done that with a phone call.

Well, he obviously knows Kim. This was a pretty slick ego-saving move.

Worth the airfare.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Why did Al Gore send these women in there in the first place? Didn’t he know how dangerous it would be?

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

This is treason.

Clinton is giving the most oppressive goverment on the face of the Planet much needed breath of air, by having him photographed with former POTUS.

And for what? For releasing two leftie “Journalists” working for the old buddy Goracle. Who were rightfully jailed for stupidly crossing an international border.

Aristotle on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

by having him = by having Kim

Aristotle on August 4, 2009 at 4:50 PM

True. Women have a way of hitting on Bill for sport. :)

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Pretty sure that’s not what the poster meant.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Kim Jong Il is the only foreign leader I can think of that would truly appreciate Obama’s standard DVD gift set. One can only hope that the journalists got away before Kim checked the DVD region label.

Daft Punk on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Pretty sure that’s not what the poster meant.

Ya think? *wink*

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Give credit where its due. Thank you Mr Obama

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

liberal343:

You idiot. According to Bill Clinton the North Koreans were rendered harmless in the 90s after a diplomatic trip from Carter…and we all know how that turned out don’t we?

It is one thing to go grovel and get a couple of civilians out of jail, it is another to actually talk NK into behaving themselves.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

” How much?”

While I am elated the women were released, if the cost was any more than a sincere “thank you”, it was too much!

GFW on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

A great result for all concerned at a relatively low cost.

Got any figures on “costs?”

What was promised? What was said?

Besides the legitmization of the regime…

Next stop, Tehran? Got three hikers under arrest by the IRGC.

coldwarrior on August 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Hmmm…maybe Li’l Kim is just ronrey and likes cigars…?

Liberty or Death on August 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM

liberal:

I refuse to thank Obama. For one thing, I doubt he had much to do with it. I heard that Al Gore asked Clinton to make the trip. For another this is the same Obama that kissed the mullah’s behinds after they killed their own people and who panders to commie strongmen in spite of their crappy human rights records.

I will never thank Obama.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Give credit where its due. Thank you Mr Obama

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

But Obama had nothing to do with it.

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Clinton?

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I always worry about what was promised behind the scenes with these people (Clinton/Obama) but it was relatively quick and painless and good to get these people home.

Its all perception….was a former President begging for hostages or was it a diplomatic victory?

I dont know— i choose to forget about the whole thing and move on to much more important stuff in 3,2,1,0……

Can you believe what the White House is pulling on Drudge?

alecj on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Aristotle on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

He’s not acting on his own authority. Obama wasn’t surprised by this trip.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

6 hours. He got them released in 6 hours by flying over with an entourage…

Seems to me he could’ve done that with a phone call.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

By assured that the outcome was arranged before Bubba arrived in NK. Clinton had to go there for photo-ops and propoganda for Kim.

ICBM on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Explain how much you’re willing to pay for a war and how many men you’re prepared to sacrifice to open those camps.

Allahpundit on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Well, to begin, I never would have signed the agreed framework Carter came up with or continued it like albright did… seeing as they just took our goodies and a.)fed their army with it b.) built nukes. But yes, lets continue the carrot game. That would have made liberating the camps pretty easy.

Secondly, you think think we’ve avoided a war just because of this? You don’t think NK is still a nuclear-armed psycho regime? That we should get all giddy over this? It’s another “Peace in our time” moment. Please.

Pasalubong on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Having the head of the State Department jet off to Pyongyang to beg for mercy would have been humiliating.

Too late, already happened. SOS begged to have the journalists released, twice; North Korea, and Iran.

The question I have is why? Why the full force of the US Government to free these journalists? Is the CIA using leftist radicals and sympathetic NGO’s as cover for agents attempting to infiltrate hostile government? Were these journalists attempting to make contact with dissidents in the targeted country?

Why is the US government attempting to free these journalists rather than warning independent journalists of the dangers of working inside countries that are hostile to US interests?

The State Department warns tourists to stay away from dangerous regions all the time. Why are journalists not getting, or are ignoring those warnings?

Skandia Recluse on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I prefer this photo which personifies so much warmth.
http://tinyurl.com/mwjuv7

nor on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

With that success, Teh O is probably deciding which former CinC he will send to get the kids out of Iran. Hmm, Carter maybe? It worked so well the last time!

Kel-C on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Well, if you guys think this legitimizes Kim, then it really WAS an ego-saving move on his part.

LOL*

Frankly, it was nothing but a photo-op opportunity that makes him appear a bit vulnerable to the world’s opinion, after all. And we got the girls back for that?

I say that’s a bargain.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Maybe this was to DISTRACT from Obama FIRING Patrick Fitzgerald. hmmmmmmmmm

ordi on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Wait! When did that happen?

Oink on August 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Hannity has stated it twice in the last 45 minutes. I have not been able to find it on the wires or anywhere else on the net. Sorry

ordi on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Slick Willie with 2 young women on a plane together.Out of the frying pan into the fire.Released by a dictator into the hands of a serial sex addict.

thmcbb on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Ya think? *wink*

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I realize you’re joking. I just find comments like that a little distasteful considering much of what the man was accused of having done to women.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

But Obama had nothing to do with it.

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Clinton?

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Do you honestly believe Clinton would have made this trip if Bush(the war criminal) was President?

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Weren’t you kissing Clinton a$$ in the headline threads? Not very discriminating are you?

Cindy Munford on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I heard that Al Gore asked Clinton to make the trip.

Clinton went on behalf of the US. Not Gore, obviously.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I’m sorry but this story strikes me as extremely odd.
Am I the only one? It feels like there is more than one big piece missing.
Or maybe it is just that when the players involve Al Whore, two journalists, Obama and at least one Clinton I get a little nervous.

ORconservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I bet it ticks you off to no end that civilians get to know the law.

Sorry sport, he’s right on the money.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Bet it ticks you off when you see this quote…from the first paragraph of his link…I don’t think negotiating for release of two innocent girls is against our best interest, and I am pretty sure Bill was “authorized”. Other then that you don’t have any points…Sorry sport.

The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948]) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization.

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Good for Bill. I wonder what he promised in return, and if we’re actually gonna honor those promises?

hawksruleva on August 4, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I heard he went at the request of Gore as well.

ORconservative on August 4, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I realize you’re joking. I just find comments like that a little distasteful considering much of what the man was accused of having done to women.

Ah, live and let live. Some women like it.

LOL*

Sorry, I just am having fun at your expense. I’ll stop now.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM

OT but this should be posted presto. Why? Because it’s pretty much obvious that Crist want to do to Florida what Pataki did to New York and how the GOP similarly lost Ohio, Iowa, the Mountain West etc etc. Basically dismantle the state party structure.

promachus on August 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Do you honestly believe Clinton would have made this trip if Bush(the war criminal) was President?

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Bush wouldn’t have asked him to, and if you’ll remember, never needed to.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM

I wonder how many tin pot dictators will start grabbing Americans in the hope that a former president will come begging.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Something was given to N. Korea and we need to know what it is. They are playing foolishly with our foreign policy.

jencab on August 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Clinton gave them Barack Obama’s original long form birth certificate (Hawaiian and Kenyan versions), with the understanding that it never be made public.

YYZ on August 4, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Ah, live and let live. Some women like it.

Yeah, I watch Weeds.

Sorry, I just am having fun at your expense. I’ll stop now.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Appreciate it.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I’m sorry but this story strikes me as extremely odd.
Am I the only one? It feels like there is more than one big piece missing.
Or maybe it is just that when the players involve Al Whore, two journalists, Obama and at least one Clinton I get a little nervous.

Clinton was such a young president. Everyone wondered what he’d do with the rest of his life. Frankly, I think Carter and Bush Sr. also broke ground in this area. They have been used as envoys, successfully.

And I’m on a kick of reading a lot of history right now. Our early years were marked by this type of activities from the presidents. They often were one term, and they usually stayed involved, even after leaving office.

So maybe we’re just coming full circle.

AnninCA on August 4, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Slick keeps a box of Lewinskies in the suitcase just in case of such an emergency comes up. I know Noso bright keeps basketballs in hers.

lasertex on August 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Do you honestly believe Clinton would have made this trip if Bush(the war criminal) was President?

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

This statement is so stupid, it is hard to know where to begin.

For one thing, Bush is not a war criminal. For another, if the idea is to just free some reporters, then what would Clinton care about who the president was? Unless it is all a political ploy of course.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I wonder how many tin pot dictators will start grabbing Americans in the hope that a former president will come begging.

Terrye on August 4, 2009 at 4:58 PM

I realize sending Bill was no deterrent, but I don’t see it as an incentive.

Esthier on August 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I smell something fishy. Gore lets his two gals cross the border and gets into a fuck up, Obama twiddles his fingers and sends Clinton and Clinton goes, gives them a photo op and the girls are free.

This is clearly a set up. To make sure the sulking child of N.Korea is quieted down without the man child in WH losing face, not more than he already has.

promachus on August 4, 2009 at 5:00 PM

YYZ on August 4, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Darn, I got distracted with that stupid comment by skywise…you beat me.
But if Obama shows a birth certificate from Korea, I will become a birther.

right2bright on August 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Explain how much you’re willing to pay for a war and how many men you’re prepared to sacrifice to open those camps.

Allahpundit on August 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Exactly AP. Neocons are always ready to sacrifice other people’s kids and money to start insane conflicts on the flimsiest of pretence (remember Iraq?). They just aren’t happy unless sumpn’ gits blowed up.

Blueneck on August 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Do you honestly believe Clinton would have made this trip if Bush was President?

liberal343 on August 4, 2009 at 4:55 PM

You seem to have forgotten that Clinton made several trips on behalf of Bush.

But don’t let your BDS get in the way of factual history.

Skywise on August 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

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