Skip to comments.WHY KERRY'S WRONG ON KOREA
Posted on 10/04/2004 6:28:37 AM PDT by OESY
John Kerry has strongly criticized the Bush adminis tration for its "go it alone" or unilateral approach to foreign policy. For months, Kerry has claimed America has shouldered too much of the burden in Iraq by itself. He says he would have taken a multi-national or multilateral approach, bringing along more allies for the fight and the reconstruction afterwards.
But after vehemently denouncing the Bush administration for being a cabal of foreign-policy unilateralists who needlessly alienate allies at every opportunity, Kerry took quite the unilateral tack himself on North Korea.
After singing the praises of multilateralism in Iraq in last Thursday's debate, Kerry reversed course at the podium to castigate President Bush's refusal to engage in head-to-head (read: unilateral) negotiations with North Korea over the Stalinist state's nuclear-weapons program.
[E]ven more important than Kerry deviating from his "Multilateralism or Bust" approach to foreign policy is that he failed to mention that America already tried unilateralism with North Korea under the Clinton administration.
The result? It failed miserably....
Of particular note, the administration realized that the country with the most influence on Pyongyang is China, its largest aid donor and most powerful neighbor. Beijing was needed to put the squeeze on a reluctant North Korea to bring it to the negotiating table as well as ensure Pyongyang's future compliance with any new agreement.
It's also clear that failure to include China and other regional powers as stakeholders with a voice in the outcome of the talks would mean almost-certain failure for any agreement and continued Korean nuclear brinkmanship and blackmail.
...[T]he only effective way to end the North Korean nuclear game completely, verifiably and irreversibly is to meet it head-on with a united, multilateral diplomatic offensive.
...Kerry's head-to-head approach won't fare any better.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Wow! From the NYT's? Spanking their god JF'nK? Must be a mistake that slipped through!
Very simple. China tends to make NK more "cooperative". Take them out of the picture and KJL will flip off the world.
Kerry is wrong about everything. His supporters are also wrong about everything. Makes one suspect they smoke a lot of dope.
In John F-ing Kerry's mind he is never wrong as he is the greatest thing since sliced bread and above all the peon's out there. Besides that, he is a Vietanm Vet.
No it was from the Post and not the Slimes
Looks like I did a CBS.
That will teach me to post before coffee!
Well Dang! I didn't know that........where did you hear that?
Even the Korea issue is another fine example of the madness that the RADICAL LEFTIST DEMS represent. Not one lesson learned from what their reprobate Billy did??? Yet even though wrong -- they preach it BECAUSE IT IS ANTI-BUSH METHODOLOGY --- EVEN IF IT IS WRONG!!!!!
The Clinton administration, including many officials now working for Kerry's team gave North Korea half a billion dollars in aid to bribe them to not develop nuclear weapons. The aggressive bilateral approach taken by Clinton in the Agreed Framework of 1994 led to the current prolif situation in North Korea. By 1999 Congressional committees acknowledged that the bilateral policy of North Korea did nothing to stop the nuclear weapons development that had taken place by then.
This bilateral aid provided food and oil to the million man army of North Korea profoundly perpetuating one of the deadliest Stalinist regimes of our time.
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