North Korea

January 27, 2008

An interesting article from Paul Greenberg:

The candid Mr. Bolton had to go because he was entirely too candid. For example, he spoke frankly about the world’s most dangerous dictators, prominent among them North Korea’s thoroughly untrustworthy Kim Jong-Il.

Funny how people hate the truth and kill the messenger.

This one-man threat to the world’s nuclear peace has been regularly given One Last Chance to stop developing his nuclear weapons program since, oh, about 1993, and naturally he keeps right on developing them.

Is anybody really surprised?

North Korea’s petty but dangerous tyrant has gladly accepted all the aid he was promised in return for forgoing atomic weapons. But somehow he’s never gotten around to forgoing them. Just as John Bolton foresaw.

And by getting rid of Mr. Bolton, it helped how?

But why should Comrade Kim keep his promises? All those threats to cut off aid to Pyongyang have proved, time and again, to be largely meaningless.

Thanks Clinton, Bush…

Not long ago, when the State Department was making its accustomed excuses for Pyongyang, Mr. Bolton summed up the problem this accurate way:

“North Korea’s aggressive mendacity puts it near the top of the list, perhaps tied with Iran for the lead, of countries that need the most transparent, most intrusive, most pervasive verification systems. For America to agree to anything less would be to make our national security, and that of close friends and allies like Japan, dependent on North Korea’s word — never a safe bet. And yet, it is precisely this extensive verification system that the North cannot accept, because the transparency we must require would threaten the very rock of domestic oppression on which the North Korean regime rests. North Korea’s negotiators understand this contradiction. So do ours. The only way around this problem is to conclude it doesn’t exist, or is so minimal it can be ‘fixed’ in negotiations.”

Sure enough, American diplomats responded to this latest broken promise by saying negotiations to disable North Korea’s nuclear facilities were still on track. On track to where — a North Korean nuclear arsenal subsidized by American aid shipments? For the more North Korea changes, the more it stays the same, more’s the pity.

Only a John Bolton might be spoilsport enough to point out that we’re being suckered again. Meanwhile, the usual respectable sources — like NPR, the New York Times and the rest of the gulls in the media mainstream — will again proclaim Peace in Our Time.

Our wonderful MSM is on who’s side? At least Mr. Bolton was looking out for us.

Only later, as the danger ripens, or some small but vicious nuclear power loosens its Bomb on one of its neighbors, will we wish we’d listened. Until then, John Bolton, like any other prophet, will go without honor in his own country.

This is what happens when honest people get into politics.