Skip to comments.Richardson tours captured U.S. warship
Posted on 04/09/2007 5:17:49 PM PDT by amchugh
PYONGYANG, North Korea --New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday toured a U.S. warship captured by North Korea in the 1960s that is now used to inspire anti-American sentiment in the reclusive communist regime.
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I understand (if one can believe anything that issues forth from “The Boston Fishwrap”) that he was there with official approval, but I am sure they wouldn’t have wanted him to allow them to showcase the U.S.S. Pueblo.
Which is what the lamebrain did. He should NEVER have gone up that gangway. Never.
Now, on the other hand, Richardson is reaping TONS of free publicity to show he has foreign relationshiops which Obama and Hillary do not, and it wedges him between the two as a different kind of Democrat to look at instead of the mainstream radical in Hillary and Obama.
If you were the RNC strategist would you not want to fragment the Defeatocrats as much as possible so they eat their own?
I forgot they still had the Pueblo.
We need to go get that back.
Not sure that the Bush administration initiated the request. It was probably the North Korean's contacting Richardson as they have done in the past. The administration approved as it was for the specific purpose of returning the servicemen's remains. And, I expect, Richardson had been briefed on the nuclear talks if the NK's brought it up, though not given approval to do other than restate US policy. He was sandbagged big time on the Pueblo visit. As I said earlier, this type of diplomacy can backfire as in this case NK was more interested in tweaking the US's nose than helping NM's King Bill with his presidential campaign.
With his liberal’s grasp of history (meaning none) I am not suprised he would completely miss the symbolism of the vessel. What a dummy.
Respect that comment.
"The North Koreans invited me to go and discuss the remains," Richardson said. "I contacted the White House and said 'Look, this is important for the country, let's do this in a bipartisan way.' And the White House agreed, to their credit."
The White House endorsed the mission and did not initiate it.
For those of you that do not know the process. Technically, we are still at war with North Korea. All communications on the military level go through Panmumjon(sic), then to UN oversight, then to the country involved in the armistice. The President as Commander-in-Chief decides who should represent the US.
Is he denouncing it?
Richardson and Principi should be ashamed to be used as props for the North Koreans. This is contemptible. The USS Pueblo is still carried as a USN commissioned ship on active duty. Are these guys total fools? I hope someone in the GOP raises an uproar. This is f**king unbelievable!!!!
The USS Pueblo is still a commissioned ship on active duty in the USN. As a fomer naval officer, I am furious.
Yes, it is infuriating.
I’ll say this for Richardson, as far as I know he has walked a fine line with his visits. He has always contacted the administration about them. The admin may not like the visits, but he has not gone against their wishes as did Pelosi.
I'm sure there wasn't much they could do about it at the time. From the ABQ Journal story on the visit:
[Richardson] called the Pueblo visit ''a lot of propaganda, but we're guests here.''
Principi, who was a Navy officer at the time of the Pueblo's capture, said it was disconcerting to have something from that era still on display. ''It's very unpleasant to hear the assertion of continued aggression against the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea,'' Principi said.
As I said earlier, this will sting Richardson badly.
—— him and the horse he rode in on.
Should have been bombed right where it's tied up.
Bullsh*t. They could have cut the tour short right then and there. They should have refused to get out of the car.
As I said earlier, this will sting Richardson badly.
I have sent emails to Senator Warner and Congressman Wolfe. The WH is next. There is absolutely no excuse for this.
Why in the world would a wannabe Presidential candidate let himself be used by N. Korea? This isna’t showing forign policy experience, it’s showing inexperience.
I’m with you, kabar. I’m with you 100%.
IF, it becomes widely known....since he is a dem, the DBM will most likely ignore it.
LOL I know hermits with more firepower. Heck, my high school homeys had more. Well, in the aggregate. I don’t know why the ADM wanted the weapons stored, those “heavy” weapons were frozen and inoperable. Perhaps he didn’t want to “provoke” the DPRNK. Warship...that’s a good one. :D)
You are correct. He preferred them to be stowed to avoid a provocation.
What happened to CMDR Boucher was sad. That boat had no business going in harms way. I believe I would have done things differently. I probably wouldn't be writing this now.
Glad I chose him to be the Dem pres choice months ago. I think this will vault him to prominence in the eyes of the liberals.
He seemed like a average officer who tried to do the best he could in the circumstances he could.
I wouldn’t blame CDR Bucher or even his superiors for that. I blame the North Korean Communists.
Same as I do for the shootdown of that EC-121 over the Sea of Japan. In my opinion, we owe the North Koreans for both of those incidents.
Concur. NK to blame.
On the contrary, he had every right to board a US vessel.
But he should have refused to DIS-embark.