Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Cuddling up with the North Koreans

An excerpt from an editorial printed in today's Washington Times:

Democrats and their mainstream media allies have been peddling a new and highly inventive theory about North Korea's nuclear-weapons program: that Pyongyang only makes nukes when Republicans hold the White House.

As the theory goes, North Korea's nuclear ambitions go on holiday when Democrats take office and only return with the election of someone like George W. Bush. If a President John Kerry were in office to hand out concessions to North Korea the way Bill Clinton did, the tyrants in Pyongyang would presumably be rolling out red carpets for the International Atomic Energy Agency and turning their reactor fuel back over to the power plants.

The reality is that Pyongyang has been building its nuclear capacity for decades, and has done so regardless of who occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But a different notion, preposterous as it sounds, seems to be gaining momentum in Democratic circles.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced this opinion last Thursday after the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, Vice Adm. Lowell Jacoby, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea can hit the United States with a nuclear warhead. Mrs. Clinton asserted that "they couldn't do that when George Bush became president, and now they can."

[. . .] The irony of Mrs. Clinton and her ideological kin accusing the Bush administration of failure on North Korea is rich. By Mrs. Clinton's own standards, husband Bill must be responsible for Indian and Pakistani nuclear advancements -- as evidenced by the series of 1998 nuclear tests that caught the United States by surprise -- and for the continuing rise of the A.Q. Khan proliferation network during the 1990s.
HT: Nealenews