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Posted on 09/14/2004 1:16:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Who says we aren't getting a foreign-policy debate this election season? In addition to Iraq, the Kerry-Edwards campaign has decided to make an issue of how to handle two other members of the original "axis of evil," Iran and North Korea. In a phrase, they are proposing to take us back to the future of arms control.
Some of us were hoping that that doctrine had died along with the Cold War, but Mr. Kerry is bidding to revive it as the centerpiece of his anti-nuclear proliferation policy. The idea--much loved during the "detente" with the Soviet Union during the 1970s--is that the way to make the U.S. secure is to persuade adversaries to sign treaties promising not to build more weapons, or in the present era not to become nuclear powers in the first place. We will then dispatch U.N. inspectors to verify compliance, and everyone can sleep better at night.
.. Mr. Kerry suggested that President Bush is to blame because North Korea unilaterally withdrew from its nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the U.S. in 2002, and is now believed to possess at least a couple of nuclear warheads. There's one slight problem with this argument: North Korea is the party that broke its promise.
Under the arms control agreement negotiated by the Clinton Administration--the so-called Agreed Framework of 1994--the U.S. attempted to buy off Pyongyang with fuel oil and two light water reactors in exchange for North Korea giving up its nuclear program. But as soon as the North deemed it convenient, it repudiated that pact, booted U.N. inspectors out of the country, and turned off the TV cameras monitoring its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon. It then began demanding even a larger payoff in return for giving up the nuclear program it had earlier vowed it didn't have.
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North Korean Nukes = Clinton Legacy Bump
Another diplomatic house of cards Jimmy Carter helped build.
The danger to the USA remains and lurks on its way. John Kerry will do just what the Democrats and Bill (911 Causer)Clinton have done before him. They will not protect America, you can be sure of that. What good is a great economy, decent healthcare, good education, etc. if there is no country to offer it to. Truth is, the Democrat Party and John Kerry suck on all of these things. So, any objective, sane person that votes for John Kerry needs to have their head examined or get back on their meds. The current Democrat Party must be destroyed at the polls this November 2nd!!!
Whatever you do, don't hold back so much. Tell us what you really think. LOL
LOL, next he'll be suggesting "detente" with Al Sadr. What a pathetic loser, even the Democrats are probably tired of Kerry by now.
Kerry would be a good hall monitor at the U.N.
Why is it that energy-rich countries like Iran & Iraq need nuclear energy?
They want clout.
hanoi john flip flop kerry wants to give nuke fuel to Iran..all for a promise of not using it as a weapon and to let inspectors in...where have we heard that offer before...oh, wait...it's basically the same deal slick willie gave North Korea.
Nukes only matter if you believe that someone will use them. NK will not use them. Iran and Iraq would. They don't need to negotiate anythings with the UN. North Korea does.
This would probably explain why we are not negotiating with NK and with Iran we have a 100,000+ troops only a chopper ride away.
I don't think it is a coincidence that we are in Afghanistan and in Iraq, terror or no terror. We know where everything is and on November 3 we will announce to Iran and Syria that we are coming to get it.
Henry Sokolski of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center points out that the fresh nuclear fuel that Messrs. Kerry and Edwards want to give the mullahs is already halfway along the enrichment process toward being weapons-usable. With sophisticated and hidden enrichment capabilities of the type we know Iran already has, the country could be within days of having a bomb core were it to seize and divert the reactor fuel. In any case, the mullahs are currently ruling out the possibility of a Kerry-Edwards type deal, demanding to be recognized as a normal nuclear nation with a right to control all stages of its nuclear fuel cycle.
IAEA member states are increasingly frustrated by the mullahs' deceptions and may be ready to refer them to the U.N. Security Council for sanctions by next time the IAEA meets in November. We wish we could be more confident that the Bush Administration was working on pre-emptive military options should they become necessary. But at least it has refused to accept the inevitability of a Persian nuke. "We're determined that they're not going to achieve a nuclear-weapons capability," says Undersecretary of State John Bolton.
The essence of the Kerry-Edwards proposals, by contrast, is that if Iran and North Korea have a history of dealing in bad faith it's because we Americans aren't being cooperative enough. "The idea that there's a big bargain out there that the Iranians will live up to is nutty in light of the last six months," says the Nonproliferation Center's Mr. Sokolski.
I'll give you a little more "red meat", just to let you know what I really think! You really have to think to yourself, why are Jews, Christians, Women, Blacks, Gays, Lesbians, etc. voting for John Kerry, for we all know when he gets elected, he will make nice with the United Nations and cater to the Muslim terrorists. Point: Muslims hate Jews, hate Christians, hate Women, hate Blacks, hate Gays, hate Lesbians, etc. and have a well established track record of sending them enmasse to Kingdom come! It is totally remarkable and amazing that these good folks listed herein will be voting for their own slaughter!!!! Go figure!!!
Your observations have not escaped our notice. It is so unbelievable that American jews and women can vote as a block against the very President who will be seen in history as having done the most to protect and preserve their lot in America. Go figure.
God, I hope you are right.