Skip to comments.AP source: Obama writes letter to NKorean leader
Posted on 12/15/2009 8:22:59 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has written a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il as part of an intense effort to draw the reclusive nation back to nuclear disarmament talks, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
The letter was delivered to North Korean officials last week by Obama's special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, during a visit to Pyongyang aimed at restarting the stalled negotiations, the official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the diplomacy, would not describe the contents of the letter but said they fit with Bosworth's general message.
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Maybe if he sent him a Christmas card...
Did he send an iPod and a jar of kimchee along as a peace offering?
Dear Kim Jong Il,
It’s me, your buddy Barack, I think your sexy. Keep up the great work. You are my inspiration. Everyday I wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and I say “I want to be just like my idol Kim Jong Il.” Keep up the great work
From Barack Obama
Ya know, I was doing this to be funny but I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what he said
“Dear Kim, be nice to me, I need help because I am now at a 43% approval rating, If you play nice I will send you 500 cases of Hennessey Cognac, your favorite!”
“I hate my own country, work with me to destroy American values and its economy.”
Barry sends a “Dear Kim” letter.........
Back here on Earth, the only thing that has ever changed NK behavior is freezing access to their cash and assets. Time to do that again. A letter? Poof.
Hannibal to Kim,
“Luv ya suit!”
Why not? It worked so well with Iran...
I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions about this. Nothing is what it seems in the world of intelligence/”diplomacy”. The Obama Adminsitration could have any number of reasons for wanting to get Bosworth and a couple of, ahem, “aides” into Pyongyang for a brief visit right around now. A personal letter from POTUS is on the short list of plausible excuses for doing that. And it could well be part of a cooperative effort with other governments that are eager to implement a controlled take-down of the Dear Leader regime.
Pathetic. Now is the time to strike... not send notes. If played properly we could back a revolt. They would not end up with a democracy, but anything is better than what they have now.
Did he sign it, “Love, Barry.”?
Happy Kwanza Kim
Thank you for allaying any doubts about our own Dear Leader. Obviously he’s taking good care of us. /s
Who knows if he is or isn’t on this particular front. Frankly I think he knows full well he’s in over his head on this sort of thing, and will pretty much do what more experienced people advise him to do. I can’t say as I’ve seen any real change in our NK policy from the the Bush administration. The Dear Leader situation is a tough one, because China is not willing to allow an uncontrolled takedown, and we’re in no position to seriously piss off China right now. Obama’s not bombing the regime off the map for the same reason Bush didn’t.
The reality is that Obama is not writing any letters to Dear Leader without the approval and supervision of the CIA (the *real* CIA, not the fly-by-night political appointees), nor is he making public the information that a letter was sent to Dear Leader unless the CIA felt this was advisable. Whether the letter idea was initiated within the Administration and/or CIA, or whether it’s something done in response to a request from some other country (like China), we’re never likely to know.
If he sent a letter saying “go eat crap”, well, that’d be something. But I doubt he did.
This sure seems different to me. I don’t remember any announcements that President Bush was reaching out to Kim in personal correspondence.
I didn’t realize Obama takes his orders from the CIA. If true, I think that would also be different.
Merry Christmas or Happy New Year if you prefer. Just a note to let you know that if you should happen to test one of your new missiles that you developed in response to American aggression and imperialism, and it should veer off course and happen to hit a place called Wasilla, Alaska, that we would understand that it was just a mistake. It might help if you could say that you were firing it to combat global warming. Of course that wouldn’t be true, but the only person who might have the gumption to call you out wouldn’t be around to do it.
Hope to see you at the next International Marxist Convention. Not sure, should I bow or just shake hands?
Doesn't mean he wasn't. Whether to publicize something like this is a completely different decision from whether to do it. You can be sure President Bush relied on the CIA, Cheney, Rice and others, in deciding how to handle sensitive intelligence issues and communications with leaders of totalitarian or unstable regimes.
The fundamental situation in NK has changed, because Dear Leader's health has clearly declined significantly since President Obama took office. There may well be something akin to major panic going on among the nations in a position to influence the situation at all. At this point, it's hard to envision a peaceful transition of power in NK, and with much of it's population perpeetually on the brink of the starvation, things could get out of control very quickly.
China is calling the shots on this, with South Korea getting a polite hearing from China but not much more. Our job is to cooperate with China's efforts, whatever they are, and do so in a way that gives the US as much influence as possible (not much, in this case), and that builds a foundation for dealing with future issues involving China. The NK population is going to swarm over the Chinese and SK borders, not ours. It is critically important that the US not be seen as having triggered that (though it's likely to happen, at least to some degree, no matter what anybody does).
I don’t agree that we should do whatever China tells us to do. That’s not the America I know and love.
The North Korean population won’t be swarming over any borders. They’ll be shot if they try. Those shots were not China’s call though. Obama’s pen pal gave that order.
Funny how history repeats itself. Didn’t FDR write a personal letter to Hitler right before he plunged the world into WWII?
China controls China’s borders and has serious military and economic might. When it comes to things that directly effect their borders, we do what they say. China is just as interested as we are in making sure NK doesn’t manage to develop fully functional nuclear weapons, so they’re our natural ally in this situation. It’s in our own interests to play nice with China on this one, and it’s also in the interests of the desperate North Korean people, who we really don’t want to see get massacred as they try to run over the border into China.
We disagree on some major issues, but you sure do make some good points there.
This goofball is lowering our country by personally contacting lil kim the dictator. Given how he gets along with chavez, maybe he is asking advice from lil kim.
The Nork’s official newspaper had a blurb on this:
“His most highly exalted great leader Kim Jong Il received a personal letter from the groveling Kenyan President of the United States offering peace at all costs including missile technology gift and a visit from the Hooters all-star team”.
Dear Your Great Lordship Kim ‘Kong’ Il;
Please please please help me look like my weak foreign policy can really work. If you would just entertain the idea of meeting with one of my representatives i will come and bow before you in front of the entire world, in deference to your greatness. You don’t have to agree to anything but ,if we could make it look like you are interested in hearing my ideas, it would really help me out. I am desperate please please help me. My con is being revealed and i don’t know if i will make it through my entire term if i dont achieve something. They might even ask for my Nobel Prize back. I would even considering sharing it with you, because i know you have been cheated from receiving a Nobel Prize in Science and Math and Literature so many times when you clearly earned it.
Please please please help me.
Your Servant, Barack H. Obama