Friday, October 13, 2006

Bush: A Failure In Diplomacy & Leadership

As I am sure everyone is aware earlier this week North Korea announced that they had successfully tested a nuclear devise. So now one of the craziest and by far the sexiest dictator in the world has nuclear weapons at his disposal. So what does all of this mean?

Well as far as the future goes I don’t think anybody, not even the pundits on the 24-hour news channels, have any idea. But all one has to do is look back at the policy of the Bush administration in relation to North Korea and see that it all adds up to one giant diplomatic failure and a complete inability on the part of President Bush to actually act as a leader.

Now I realize that when something goes bad for the Bush administration and Republicans the first thing they do is immediately blame everything on policies implemented during the Clinton administration. And that is exactly what happened; take for instance what Sen. John McCain said earlier this week during a speech in Detroit. McCain stated:

“I would remind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and other critics of the Bush administration policies that the Framework Agreement of the Clinton administration was a failure.”

Now for those of you not familiar with the Framework Agreement, this was an agreement reached through direct negotiations between the Clinton administration and North Korea. The agreement came after a very dire threat of war in 1994 and it froze North Korea’s entire plutonium facility at Yongbyon. There were seals on the doors, closed-circuit televisions, and at least two UN inspectors on the ground, 24/7, all the time. This agreement held from 1994 until 2002 and denied North Korea the plutonium that would have allowed them to make more bombs.

Now if one simply wants to look at this agreement and nothing else then it would be very easy to say that the policy failed since in 2002 North Korea purchased nuclear technology from America’s ally and close partner in the so called “war on terror” Pakistan, broke the terms of the Framework Agreement and restarted there nuclear program.

But to simply look at the breakdown of the agreement outside of the broader Bush foreign policy would be completely na├»ve. So what happened in 2002 that could have had an impact on North Korea’s decision to violate the Framework Agreement?

In January of 2002 in Bush’s State of the Union address he famously referred to North Korea as one part of the "axis of evil", Bush announced his policy of preemption, and under the policy of preemption we illegally invaded Iraq. And in response to these actions North Korea made the decision that America would not take action against a nuclear power, the reason why we invaded the weakest of the three so called "evil" nations first, and thus North Korea resumed their nuclear program. Couple this with the fact that since coming into office, President Bush, unlike his predecessor, has refused repeated overtures by Kim Jong Il to open direct talks, insisting that all negotiations with North Korea occur within a 6-party framework.

So basically the Bush administration’s arrogance, stubbornness and complete lack of diplomatic tact is one of the major causes of North Korea’s rise to a nuclear power. And history will now forever record President Bush’s legacy as being the sitting American president who allowed North Korea to become the world’s ninth, yes ninth because unlike everyone in the corporate media I am not forgetting about Israel, nuclear power.

I would also like to take this time to thank all of the unwavering, flag flying Bush supporters out there. Thanks to your collective ignorance and steadfast fear that around every corner lurks some phantom terrorist ready to kill you, the world is now neck deep in the worst nuclear crisis since the Cold War.

To all of you brainwashed Bushites, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you may have just f*cked us all.

1 comment:

katy said...

well explained.
just one more scare resource the Bush administration has to draw on during their rein of terror.