This is the headline that met me on yahoo.com most of the day when I checked my e-mail: Bill Clinton rewarding NKorea for bad behavior: Bolton
According to Bolton,
“It comes perilously close to negotiating with terrorists,” Bolton told AFP when asked about‘s trip to secure the release of journalists .
“I think this is a verybecause it does exactly what we always try and avoid doing with terrorists, or with in general, and that’s encouraging their bad behavior,” Bolton said.
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean media reported early Wednesday.has issued a “special pardon” to two American journalists convicted of sneaking into the country illegally, and he ordered them released during a visit by former U.S. ,
Ok, ok. It’s great these two women will be released, but what price did we pay for “negotiating?” This is not my area of expertise. Apparently, obstructing Congress’ investigation into “negotiating with terrorists” wasn’t dangerous when Bolton was at the D.O.J. But now? God help us.
We know Bolton has never met a problem he didn’t want to bomb. Iraq? Bomb ‘em. Iran? Bomb ‘em. North Korea? Bomb ’em. Landscapers cut his lawn too short? Bomb ‘em. Wife forgot the dry cleaning? Bomb her.
In fact, Bolton’s fervent support of the Bush Doctrine would be comical if he wasn’t held in such high esteem by Conservative editorial outlets such as WaPo and the WSJ.
Joe Cirincioni writes:
John Bolton had eight years to test his theories. He failed. The Bush Doctrine he helped develop held that nuclear weapons don’t kill people, hostile regimes do. Instead of trying to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons, we would eliminate regimes. The Iraq War was the first implementation of this strategy.
Bolton and others claimed that the war was intended not just to remove an urgent nuclear threat but to deter others. When Bolton was asked in mid-2003 what lesson other nations should draw from the Iraq War, he replied, “Take a number.” The message was clear: abandon your programs or face overthrow.The strategy backfired. Both Iran and North Korea — two countries that, unlike Iraq, actually had nuclear programs — accelerated their efforts. Both made more progress in nuclear programs in the past six years than they had in the previous 12.
So why do people still treat him like some sage diplomatic and military (never served) expert? Perhaps it’s his comedic timing and cavalier attitude regarding the destruction of my hometown. Hilarious…!
Congrats, Douchenozzle. And go ef yourself.