Sunday, April 22, 2018

N. Korea Déjà vu All Over Again?

Wow oh freaking wow! I just came across this gem from 2005. If you didn't pay attention to the date you'd think this was written a few days ago.

The New York Times
North Korea Says It Will Abandon Nuclear Efforts
"BEIJING, Monday, Sept. 19, 2005- North Korea agreed Monday to end its nuclear weapons program in return for security, economic and energy benefits, potentially easing tensions with the United States after a two-year standoff over the North's efforts to build atomic bombs....

The Bush administration also overhauled the substance and the style of its approach to North Korea. Officials stopped using the accusatory language President Bush once used when he called North Korea a member of the "axis of evil" and called the nation's leader, Kim Jong Il, a tyrant."

Yeah it didn't look like North Korea could seal the deal with either #42, #43 nor #44. Maybe they think they'll have better luck taking a crack at it again with #45.

Our State Department looks nothing like it did under #42, #43 or #44. Under each administration the State Department was fully staffed with experienced people thoroughly versed in history knowing our previous international relations, backdoor agreements and the players involved. Career experts advising presidents who would listen to and take advice after carefully studying all the facets involved. Under #45-- not so much.

Here's a short sampling of someone with such expertise

Published on Apr 21, 2018

If Donald's history of not taking advice is any indication-- Kim Jong-un probably thinks he has a better shot at pulling something off then he or his old man did before. We shall see.

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