It was about this time, 1998, when Democratic Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was told North Korea was engaged in suspicious underground construction projects and long-range missile programs.
Not to worry. Albright told the world that she and Clinton had stopped North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and the major media went right along with it.
Ain’t diplomacy grand?
Who was surprised in 2002 when Albright went on Sunday talk shows to respond to Pyongyang admitting they had been building nukes since 1994?
Apparently Madeleine Albright was the only one.
This is the same Madeleine Albright who returned from a couple of days of “hard meetings” with Kim Jong Il and said he was a decent man, “pragmatic... not hostile.”
She really said that about one of the world’s most hostile tyrants who tortured his own people, starved an estimated 3 million of his citizens to death while building the largest collection of Hennessy cognac in the world and staged two terrorist attacks against South Korea as the U.S. gave him millions of tons of food.
Yes, Madam Secretary, he’s very charming and pragmatic, not hostile.
These dangerously foolish games had no deleterious effect on President Clinton’s re-election.
That’s the game they play and you can watch the same moves being made with Syria and Iran right now with President Obama.
President Obama is talking tough and sending John Kerry to talk with Russia about Syria.
President Obama is talking tough and swooning to the new President of Iran’s sweet talk.
It’s the Clinton two-step all over again.
The only uncertainties are the time frames in which the Syrian government admits they only gave up a small percentage of their chemical weapons to Obama and how soon Iran announces they have a nuclear bomb.
Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are remembered as being extraordinarily incompetent with North Korea.
How will President Obama be remembered on the day Iran, a regime that pays radicals to blow themselves up in pizza restaurants filled with children, declares they have nuclear weapons?
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