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What Bush Did Right on North Korea
NY Times ^ | 9/15 | RICHARD V. ALLEN

Posted on 09/14/2004 8:24:08 PM PDT by alydar

Washington — A fiery explosion in North Korea has set off an unhelpful debate in the American presidential campaign. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, has pointed to the blast, detected by satellite last week, as evidence that President Bush's approach to North Korea is a failure and risks causing "a nuclear nightmare."

In fact, it is Mr. Kerry's rhetoric that is dangerous. The explosion, which caused no known deaths and did not appear to release any radiation, is obviously cause for concern. (Foreign diplomats are trying to get permission to visit the site.) The Bush administration's customary approach to North Korea, based on consultation with North Korea's neighbors and skepticism of its motives, is exactly what is necessary.

In his criticism, Mr. Kerry said that in 2001 Mr. Bush "pulled the rug out from under Kim Dae Jung," then president of South Korea, by refusing to endorse Mr. Kim's policy of engagement with the North when the two presidents met. But Mr. Bush's policy was then and remains the result of careful consideration.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush43; kerry; kerryforeignpolicy; northkorea

1 posted on 09/14/2004 8:24:09 PM PDT by alydar
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To: alydar

Good Post. Thanks.


2 posted on 09/14/2004 8:31:11 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: alydar

I can't believe this is from the NYT.


3 posted on 09/14/2004 9:16:37 PM PDT by Angel
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To: alydar

Surprised the NYT let this in their paper...


4 posted on 09/14/2004 9:20:13 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Angel

They're turning on him. Watch Nader's numbers start inching up.


5 posted on 09/14/2004 9:22:05 PM PDT by alydar
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To: Angel

Didn't Kerry call some reporter from the NYT on Sunday and rant about what President Bush was not doing in N. Korea--and then fail to comment when asked what he would do? Maybe even the NYT feels Kerry needs to offer more than "Bush wrong, me---well---me, me--served in Viet Nam"!!


6 posted on 09/14/2004 9:23:30 PM PDT by Zellenn
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