A North Korean
Nuclear Egg Laid
"They couldn't do that when George Bush became president, and now they can," - Senator (D-NY) Hillary Clinton speaking to the New York Times about N. Korean nuclear weapons capabilities.
The world is indeed a far more dangerous place as we learn North Korea now has the capability to strike the U.S. with nuclear missiles. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) blames this development on the Bush administration, saying the North Koreans did not have this capability when Bush took office. But just how did North Korea acquire the the nuclear technology?
For Clinton to say this threat is one hatched under the Bush Administration conveniently ignores when the egg was laid.
October, 1998 this column chronicled revelations about North Korea having
embarked on a nuclear arms program - a program made possible by a deal the
Clinton administration struck with North Korea to provide technology for a
nuclear reactors on the promise that the technology would not be used for
nuclear weapons production.
Defenders of the Clinton administration will tell you it is easy to be critical of the deal in hindsight. But for Hillary Clinton to now use this as a issue against the Bush administration represents the grossest distortion of the issue imaginable. Hillary Clinton is blaming Bush for one very ill-conceived deal and one heck of a dangerous egg
But it is worse than that. The Clinton administration was warned at the time it embarked on this gesture of trust. Those warnings having now proven to be exactly correct. It was not a case of Monday morning quarterbacking when the deal was confirmed to have been the start of a significant risk to the United States. The call was sent to the huddle, the call was don't run that play.
According to a 1999 congressional study and warning by the House North Korea Advisory Group, that deal, those reactors, provided North Korea the capacity to generate enough nuclear fuel to produce almost 100 nuclear bombs per year.
Imagine this stupidity. On a promise not to build nuclear weapons, the U.S. provided the funds and the technical know how to do just that. American taxpayer handed over billions of dollars on a promise.
Given the gravity of the situation and the direct responsibility of her husband's administration in creating it, we'd expect Hillary Clinton to keep quiet on the subject, to do all she could to keep the issue out of the news. The honorable thing would be a humble admission to participation in a very serious error of judgment.
Sam Donaldson, liberal talk radio host and Clinton supporter, when confronted with the issue by Sean Hannity on his nationally syndicated show in 1998 asked, "What would you have to talk about if you did not have Clinton?"
As we write this, the furthest thing for our minds was that we would be talking about Hillary having raised the issue of North Korean nuclear missile capabilities.
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