Back when Bill Clinton put on his Jimmy Carter outfit, and started playing the role of international negotiator, there was a great deal of discussion about the unintended consequences of sending someone of his stature to talk to North Korea. Like him or not, he is a former President of the United States and as such, sending him to negotiate the release of two journalists sends a very strong signal about the legitimacy and power of a ruler of a given country.

Everyone was congratulating each other on Clinton getting the two journalists (who just happened to work for Al Gore’s media company) released. Well, it seems chickens are coming home to roost:

North Korea is ready to start “a new dialogue” with the United States about nuclear weapons, according to an aide to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is meeting with two top North Korean diplomats.

Richardson, according to Gallegos, said the diplomats feel that the White House owes North Korea a direct conversation after the reclusive, communist nation released two detained American journalists this month.

Once you feed a stray cat, it just keeps coming back….

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4 Responses to Shocker

  1. Niall says:

    Well, I think North Korea’s response shows it has always wanted a direct dialogue with the US (something we’ve denied them), and wants a peace treaty with us. Something that would cost us nothing. The moronic Bush Administration refused NK both, and then went out of their way to antagonize the North Koreans. We see how well that worked out!

    And having diplomatic relations with a country doesn’t “legimitmize” its political system. We had diplomatic relations with the USSR for decades, while at the same time we were loudly denying the legitimacy of communist rule.

  2. fastnav says:

    there are no words….

  3. Niall says:

    For what?

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