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Democrats: Bush Ignoring N. Korea Threat (remember this when Bush goes after N. Korea)
AP ^ | 2/6/03 | KEN GUGGENHEIM

Posted on 02/06/2003 2:47:42 PM PST by finnman69

By KEN GUGGENHEIM, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Democrats said Thursday that President Bush (news - web sites), in a push for war against Iraq, is ignoring a potentially greater danger in North Korea (news - web sites)'s rapidly advancing nuclear program.

The White House, however, said it is has "robust plans for any contingencies" involving North Korea. Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) repeated that the United States has no plans to attack North Korea, but that Bush "has retained all his options."

Concern about the nuclear program has grown after North Korea announced Wednesday it was putting the operation of its nuclear facilities on a "normal footing." That could mean it is about to produce nuclear weapons.

Bush administration officials have said North Korea's program does not constitute a crisis, and Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "I still feel it is possible to find a diplomatic solution."

Democrats, though, said Bush was not taking the threat seriously enough. In contrast with their praise of Powell's presentation Wednesday on Iraq to the United Nations (news - web sites), they pounced on what they saw as weakness and inconsistency in the administration's North Korea policy.

"Mr. President Bush, please, please, if you don't want to enunciate it, in your mind Mr. President, treat this as a crisis because it is, if not contained now," Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) of Delaware, the top Democrat on the committee, said in the Senate.

Added Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota: "The president should stop downplaying this threat, start paying more attention to it and immediately engage the North Koreans in direct talks."

At the committee hearing, Sen. John Kerry (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., accused the administration of having a "fuzzy policy." Kerry, a declared presidential candidate, contended the administration had taken all options off the table, including the use of force and economic penalties.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., accused the administration of a policy of "designed neglect" toward North Korea and on other diplomatic fronts.

Powell said the administration, with its campaign against terrorism as well as stronger relations with Russia and China, had a foreign policy "geared to the problems we have in the 21st century."

Powell said in separate meetings Chinese and Russian foreign ministers in New York, he spent more time discussing North Korea than Iraq.

"We are deeply engaged in these issues. We are in touch with the North Koreans through a variety of channels," he said.

The two countries continue to exchange harsh words. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called North Korea a "terrorist regime." North Korea warned that any U.S. attack on nuclear facilities would "spark off a total war."

Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer (news - web sites) expressed concern over that threat and said, "This kind of talk only hurts North Korea."

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said this week that the Pentagon (news - web sites) may bolster U.S. forces in the Pacific in case North Korea tries to take advantage of Bush's focus on Iraq.

The administration has few promising policy options in North Korea.

North Korea has one of the world's largest armies and is believed to have one or two nuclear bombs. The United States has been reluctant to start direct talks with North Korea, saying it does not want to submit to blackmail.

Powell said Bush wants to help North Koreans, "who are starving, who are in economic distress, but we have to find a way to do it that does not suggest to the North Koreans that we are doing it because they have this tool, this weapon, that they use nuclearization of the (Korean) Peninsula as a way to get us to do it because we are threatened by them."


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: democrats; northkorea
Remember the RATS were BEGGING for action on North Korea. Bookmark this and remember that when they are screaming that Iran or Syria or something else is a bigger threat.
1 posted on 02/06/2003 2:47:43 PM PST by finnman69
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To: finnman69
Kennedy Switches: Now Supports War with Iraq (Senator Unveils Bold Initiative for Funding Military Operation)
2 posted on 02/06/2003 2:49:16 PM PST by Hillary's Folly
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To: finnman69
Well, sheesh....sounds to me like the Dems IGNORED IRAQ! We'll remember this.....
3 posted on 02/06/2003 2:49:25 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: finnman69
Remember the RATS were BEGGING for action on North Korea.

Yes. They are. You have to wonder why. What is the link?

4 posted on 02/06/2003 2:51:33 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: finnman69
The fact that North Korea has one of the "world's largest armies" is immaterial.

A few judiciously placed JDAMs would make North Korea have the world's largest mob of deserters.

We're afraid that they'll inflict unspeakable damage on the South - nothing else concerns us.

5 posted on 02/06/2003 2:55:43 PM PST by wideawake
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To: RightWhale
"Yes. They are. You have to wonder why. What is the link?"

Clinton Clinton Clinton Clinton

6 posted on 02/06/2003 2:56:49 PM PST by cody32127 (If Democrats are not evil, then evil has no meaning)
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To: cody32127
Can't be Clintons. Clintons don't want action on NK.
7 posted on 02/06/2003 3:01:52 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: RightWhale
Funny. they were just on "we are ignoring Al Qaeda"
8 posted on 02/06/2003 3:20:03 PM PST by finnman69
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To: finnman69
they were just on "we are ignoring Al Qaeda"

That's the game. Whatever is getting attention it should be something else. Only problem with these centers of attention is that we are playing for keeps. It's not like shifting targets like the wars on drugs, poverty, and dirty water. These targets can actually be hit.

9 posted on 02/06/2003 3:29:52 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: goodnesswins
We know the dims ignored Korea. Or are they already distancing themselves from the Toon and Jimmah?
10 posted on 02/06/2003 3:42:08 PM PST by Let's Roll (Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.)
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To: finnman69
Remember the RATS were BEGGING for action on North Korea. Bookmark this and remember that when they are screaming that Iran or Syria or something else is a bigger threat.

Ohhh its worse than that. The implied reason is that we are wimps picking on countries we know we can beat. It's a slimey debate tactic of advocating what you really do not want to distract from the argument you care about and are losing.

11 posted on 02/06/2003 3:45:14 PM PST by amused ("The game is over")
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To: finnman69
Confucius say, "A man who tries to catch two rabbits at once will catch neither".
12 posted on 02/06/2003 3:47:55 PM PST by Steel Wolf
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To: finnman69
Democrats are the dinosaurs of this age.

They are so unwilling to adapt to the changing security, political and cultural environment that their stubborness will facilitate their own demise.

13 posted on 02/06/2003 4:25:24 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: finnman69; MeeknMing; sweetliberty; Brad's Gramma
Added Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota: "The president should stop downplaying this threat, start paying more attention to it and immediately engage the North Koreans in direct talks."

Definitely worth bookmarking this thread; it will need to be resurrected in the not too distant future, when we go after N. Korea and, I predict, immediately thereafter, Daschle, Biden, Kennedy, and their ilk will condemn and attack the President for doing EXACTLY what they want: IMMEDIATELY ENGAGE THE NORTH KOREANS.

14 posted on 02/06/2003 4:36:40 PM PST by nicmarlo
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To: finnman69
AND remember they are demanding UNILATERAL action. Notice there is no hue and cry to go to the UN for a meaningless resolution.

Pure politics.
15 posted on 02/06/2003 4:37:43 PM PST by PogySailor
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To: finnman69
Yes, it was. Not long ago, Bush was a failure because he was ignoring Al Qaeda. Now he's a failure for ignoring North Korea.

The swine just want to see what sticks - and hopefully take a point or two out of Bush's approval ratings. They always play their cynical political game.

16 posted on 02/06/2003 4:50:15 PM PST by Reactionary
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To: cody32127
Your right. Clinton and the democrats have finger prints all over ASIA. Some deal something went on "China Gate" funneled to "NK gate" No wonder the push for the asian attention .
17 posted on 02/06/2003 4:51:37 PM PST by ruready4eternity
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To: finnman69
It's the only argument they are left with, the one that children use.

Kim Il Jong will regret the dims painting themselves in a corner like this.

18 posted on 02/06/2003 4:52:31 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: PogySailor
Yea- where is the UN in this?
19 posted on 02/06/2003 4:54:33 PM PST by ruready4eternity
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To: RightWhale
Yes. They are. You have to wonder why. What is the link?

This does seem strange doesn't it? Usually the RATS are on the side of every pinko commie in the world.

20 posted on 02/06/2003 4:54:42 PM PST by Mark17
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To: Mark17
You have to be JOKING? CLINTON will be on Larry King? What timing. CNN is a joke. they are all left wing Democrats , baby killers, Doper babies, Commienazi's. I have to see this spin on thing . BUSH bashing here we go from former parthouse- penthouse/playboy "KGB" president Clinton
21 posted on 02/06/2003 4:59:10 PM PST by ruready4eternity
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To: finnman69
Well, they were bitching because we didn't attack Afghanistan soon enough for them, then they started bitching when we attacked. Then they started bitching when we sent some of the terrorists to Guantanamo.

Then they started bitching that we didn't attack preemptively pre 9-11, but now they're bitching that we're about to do just that in Iraq.

Ie, whatever the Presidents position is, they take the opposite.
22 posted on 02/06/2003 5:02:59 PM PST by Guillermo (Sic 'Em)
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To: finnman69
Democrats: Bush Ignoring N. Korea Threat

yea bush hurry up and build them another nuclear reactor (but only if they pinky swear to abandon their nuke bomb program)
23 posted on 02/06/2003 5:10:08 PM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: finnman69
The Democrats demanded proof on Iraq and when Bush gave it to them-they screamed that Bush had compromised intelligence and burned sources.The Democrats were a source of amusement, when defending clinton, but,they have now become a threat to every man and woman in the military and to our national security, as a whole.We have met the enemy and it is the Democrats.
24 posted on 02/06/2003 5:17:08 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: ruready4eternity
Right where they usually are. Smack dab in the middle of irrelevance

25 posted on 02/06/2003 5:17:50 PM PST by PogySailor
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To: nicmarlo
Definitely worth bookmarking this thread; it will need to be resurrected in the not too distant future, when we go after N. Korea...

Korea is different. But, if it does play out as a future conflict, I know Bush will have to fight two fronts, as usual: The enemy, and the enemy within...



I'm a Dirty 'RAT !

26 posted on 02/06/2003 6:12:41 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. It's been lousy knowin' ya ! You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: finnman69
I thought it was the economy they were saying we're ignoring.
27 posted on 02/06/2003 7:39:49 PM PST by kcar
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To: finnman69
***An Informative Discussion on FREEREPUBLIC.com regarding a NEWS.SBS.CO.KR News Article. TOPIC:"REMOVAL OF RODS @ NUKE PLANT TOUCHES OFF INCREASE OF US FORCES NEAR KOREAN PENINSULA (Developing)" (February 3, 2003) *UPDATED February 5, 2003

28 posted on 02/06/2003 9:34:34 PM PST by Cindy
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