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To: yoe

This article doesn’t appear to be very representative of reality.

1. Richardson is not the main guy on the trip - that was Victor Cha - the President’s representative. Richardson provided political balance and a “face.”

2. The trip wasn’t mainly about POW remains or the Pueblo - It was about nuclear negotiations and Chinese banks being black listed for dealings with North Korea. China has frozen those accounts.

3. The deal here is to close the Yongbyon nuclear reactor in exchange for unfreezing the money.

4. Richardson is barely a candidate for President in the first place - he says he is content to be in the second tier. He is more likely to be a VP candidate and this trip certainly did not hurt him.

There was a time when it was really hard to read NewsMax because they ran deliberately false articles - the one about Libya planning to attack us with suicide bombers when the actual transcript was Quafdafi explaining why he was drastically cutting the military budget saying that they were not going to have any offensive military actions and that if they were invaded they could defend the country with suicide bombers.

This article takes us back to bad times for NewsMax.


6 posted on 04/11/2007 8:40:57 AM PDT by gondramB (It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.)
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To: gondramB

He will Hilliary’s choice for VP to go after the hispanic vote because they are losing the black vote. If Obama were smart and a little less liberal he should have switched to the republican ticket.


8 posted on 04/11/2007 8:47:10 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: gondramB
Richardson is barely a candidate for President in the first place - he says he is content to be in the second tier. He is more likely to be a VP candidate and this trip certainly did not hurt him.

actually, i think it was fatal. richardson was too stupid to avoid walking into the trap the North Koreans set for him...

10 posted on 04/11/2007 8:55:14 AM PDT by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: gondramB

So far as the public and MSM are concerned this was Richardson’s mission, no matter what the underlying reality might have been. Richardson is the only name I have seen or heard mentioned until your post. The other guys are nonentities for publicity purposes, good or bad , and MSM has already cast it that way. It won’t play well for MSM to suddenly “realize” that Richardson was a figurehead and that won’t look too good for Richardson either. Democrats lose this one. It is a tiny loss but a loss nevertheless.


13 posted on 04/11/2007 9:00:13 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: gondramB

yeah but a pixs worth a 1000 words haha


18 posted on 04/11/2007 9:09:07 AM PDT by italianquaker ("blue dog democrats", that dog dont hunt)
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To: gondramB; yoe
This is what happens when the White House tries to placate the opposition party by sending a leading Democrat on a diplomatic mission that should be reserved for professional diplomats.

The word out of NM is that the North Koreans approached Richardson about the trip and he cleared it with the administration, who added their representatives so it would be bi-partisan (Richardson's traveling companion was Bush's former Veteran Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi).

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1814669/posts?page=58#58

20 posted on 04/11/2007 9:10:48 AM PDT by CedarDave
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