Monday, September 19, 2005


Putting the North Korea Agreement In Perspective

The Republican puke-funnel that we call the media was all a-twitter today over the supposed "agreement" with North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions.

Naturally, George W. Bush was full of praise.

So what was it that got the North Koreans to sign on? Well, basically the United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea have all agreed to provide North Korea with energy assisstance and have promised to discuss "at an appropriate time" the possibility of providing them with a light-water nuclear reactor.

I found all of this to be quite surprising, because back in 1994, the Clinton administration negotiated the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Agreed Framework. This was a nuclear non-proliferation agreement that would provide the North Koreans with energy assistance and...wait for it....a light-water nuclear reactor.

And what has been the conservative reaction to the Clinton administration's policy? Well, that's really no that surprising.

And when asked by Sean Hannity, Condi Rice was less than complimentary.

So excuse me if I seem a little less than enthusiastic. It's just another example of the Republican party trying to take credit for something that's already been accomplished by a Democrat.

(Just for the record - North Korea says there's no deal without the light-water reactor.)

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