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Atomic Test Highlights Bush Failure

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Posted on Oct 10, 2006
Kim Jong Il
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North Korea’s evident test of a nuclear device speaks to a failure of diplomacy long in the making, but Democrats have justifiably laid much of the blame on Bush, whose Iraq fixation and disinterest in nonproliferation have proved disastrous.


New York Times:

As Democrats were quick to note on Monday, four weeks before a critical national election, President Bush and his aides never gave as much priority to countering a new era of proliferation as they did to overthrowing Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Bush and his aides contend that Iraq was the more urgent threat, in a volatile neighborhood. But the North’s reported nuclear test now raises the question of whether it is too late for the president to make good on his promise that he would never let the world’s “worst dictators” obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons.

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But foreign policy, as Mr. Nunn says, is “all about priorities,” and until Monday the closest Mr. Bush came to drawing a red line for the North was in May 2003, when he declared that the United States and South Korea “will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.”

The Central Intelligence Agency’s estimates in the years since have been that the United States has been tolerating exactly that—a small arsenal of nuclear fuel sufficient to produce six or more weapons.

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By AMERICAN401, October 19, 2006 at 1:31 am Link to this comment
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Dennis,
 

  You sound like all the other neo-cons. You start something, it goes wrong,  you deny any responsibility.

Take for instance Foley. He harrasses Male CHILDREN sent to washington to get an education.

He gets busted and now what does he say? IT’S NOT MY FAULT. A PRIEST 40 YEARS AGO MOLESTED ME AND TOOK CONTROL OF MY MIND AND MADE ME DO IT. I HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY.

HMMMMM George Bush, Tom Delay, Abramoff, etc. Sounds quite familiar.

Losers!

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By judge, October 11, 2006 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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The Bush administration is not entirely to blame, not are mostly to blame.

North Korea wouldn’t be the North Korea of today had the US not poked its face in the internal affairs of Korea that effectively divided the country.  The US was about to do the same with Vietnam (dividing the country) but failed.

Hey gee…i think history is about to repeat again…in iraq!

Verdict:
Leave other countries alone.  Not every non-american, non-democratic society is evil.  If the US had not invaded korea and vietnam, there wouldn’t be a crisis in asia today.  It’s all the american governments’ fault.

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By Truth, October 10, 2006 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment
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To Manny and Mark,

Before you automatically twist every issue and blame it on the conservatives, why don’t you look critically at the democrat position.  North Korea was determined to get the bomb, and the Clinton adminstration failed to grasp that.  They thought they were negotiating with a rational partner.  China’s MFN status should have been on the table when we were negotiating with Chinese concerning the North Koreans.  Clinton failed, and also Bush failed to pressure China.  Contrary to all the Poindexters and Pundits, China is the player that is pulling the strings.  Why China permitted North Korea to perform the test?  I don’t know, but China is behind all the bravado of the North Koreans.  This is not a conservative or liberal issue.  Blame can be spread around, but that doesn’t change things.  China needs to be pressured.

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By DaWhistler, October 10, 2006 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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I normally just watch the circus but

I agree with Dennis Lingo…

The only tie in that the North Korean bomb situation has with Bush is that he was talking from his hiney, telling us sheeple what we want to hear.  Its NOT that every thing that has gone wrong is Bushes fault. I disagree with pretty much everything that Bush has done or said to date so I am definetly NOT a Bush supporter nor am I a Democrat.

Its easy to look back and blame but then never learn! 
Either Dem or Rep, Americans are getting the government they deserve. 
The fact is our Republic is now a Bipartisan nightmare.  Either or…you have no real choice.

Its this kind of thought process that broke us apart and will keep us apart…perhaps like all other Democrocies( thug rule ) this is only the natural outcome?

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By Manny, October 10, 2006 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Let me respond to Mr.Dennis: Lets not forget that we have two Koreas is because of America’s
meddling in the internal affairs of that country.
Lets not forget how many American troops are stationed on the border of this divided country. If you had enemy troops in placement for years right next door to you, what would your socail psychlogoical mind frame be, Dennis ? And, yes,  along comes Mr. G. Bush with his ” Axis of evil” and has invaded Iraq and is about enter Iran. Are you getting the picture, Dennis ?

Ok , Dennis, let me ask you this:  what policy of Mr. G. Bush’s administration has successed ?
Zero ! Every thing that he has addressed has cost
us bilions of dollars, the death of American lives, the destruction of our Constitution, and
the fear and disharmony that he has been planted in minds of the American public.
Yes, Dennis I do agree with you. We must stay educated in affairs of goverment but your assessment of history is not based in reality.
O yes, the U.S. has been a destabilizing factor
in the Middle East for years. Your right these problems did not just happen but Mr. Bush like you want a solution to these problems in a manner
that fits your world view. Mr. Bush is only follow what other administrations have carried out but the difference is that these Necons are extreme necrophiliacs.

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By Mark Berger, October 10, 2006 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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Really Dennis? Bush has nothing to do with the cauldron of violence that is consuming Iraq? I love that conservative doctrine of accountability. So strong yet so weak.

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By Dennis Lingo, October 10, 2006 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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You guys are funny.  It seems to me that you have the idea that the current administration is somehow linked to ALL the negative things that are happening in the world.  Global warming, drought, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Islamic intolerance, gay relationships in congress, etc… It’s a bit like watching a man gain a few hundred pounds over 20 years and then blaming his brand new doctor for not preventing his heart attack.  The current crisis in N Korea is a legacy left to us by the appeasment policies of previous administrations.  When the whack job of N Korea took control and started isolating himself from the rest of the world, would have been the time to “do something”. Or when he starved 2 million of his own people, maybe the compasionate global community could have acted. But, now that he has been left alone to build an arsenal and a million troops, it’s suddenly Bush’s failure of diplomacy.  You might be able to convince the uneducated voters of this country that that’s how the world works, but the more well-read voters of this country understand that global problems don’t surface overnight, any more than a fat man got that way overnight.

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