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July 7, 2006

Clinton Clown Attempts to Blame Bush for North Korean Nukes

Posted by Dave Blount at July 7, 2006 9:14 AM

Granted Madeleine Albright doesn't seem to be all that bright, but mere stupidity cannot account for her outrageous attempt to blame President Bush for the North Korean nuclear menace bequeathed to him by the corrupt and irresponsible Clinton Administration in which Albright served as Secretary of State. This leaves runaway chutzpah as the only explanation.

Here's what Mad Maddie had the nerve to spew on Larry King the other day:

Frankly, Larry, I think the problem here is that we are watching the failure of five years' worth of American diplomacy.

But readers will recall that it is the regrettable Clinton Administration that shoulders the responsibility for North Korea's nuclear acquisitions. Investors Business Daily outlines some milestones:

  • 1993: North Korea threatens to leave the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. After conducting U.N. inspections there for a year and a half, former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Hans Blix warns he can't provide "any meaningful assurances" North Korea isn't making nuclear weapons.
  • 1994: Under the "Agreed Framework" negotiated by the Clinton administration with help of ex-President Carter, North Korea agrees to stop building nuclear weapons. In exchange, it gets billions in aid, including food, oil and modern nuclear reactors.
  • By 2000, according to a congressional report, North Korea would become the "largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid" in Asia. North Korea immediately starts cheating on the deal, acquiring nuclear know-how and material from Pakistan and China.
  • 1998: A U.S. government report finds at least 1 million North Koreans have died of starvation as aid is used to kick-start the nuclear weapons program.
  • 1998: Clinton's military chief of staff tells Congress North Korea has no active ballistic missile program. A week later, North Korea shoots a Taepodong-1 missile over Japan and toward Alaska.
  • 1999: Clinton eases sanctions against North Korea. U.S. signs a $5 billion deal to build two nuclear reactors. North Korea diverts aid to speed WMD program. Mass starvation reportedly continues.
  • 2000: Despite continued breaches of the "agreed framework," Albright travels to Pyongyang, where she cheerfully clinks glasses with Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il. Media hail the meeting as a diplomatic masterstroke by Clinton.
  • 2002: New York Times headline: "North Korea Says It Has A Program On Nuclear Arms."

As IBD points out, Albright could be right about five years of failed policy — provided she's referring to the years 1994–1999.

Mad Maddie and friend.