President Bill Clinton’s reputation has been on the rocks since last year’s intense campaign.But,it looks like he took the quick road to redemption by negotiating the release of two journalists that were imprisoned in North Korea.
I know that both Euna Lee & Laura Ling feel eternally grateful to Bill Clinton for talking the wicked leader of North Korea into giving them amnesty.And I am so happy for their families that Clinton was able to make their safe return a reality.
I just think that it’s really too bad that some folks are more worried about “negotiating with terrorists” than they are about the freedom of all Americans.Here’s more from The Huffington Post:
“Euna Lee and Laura Ling are safe at home and in the warm embrace of loved ones and it’s hard to feel bad about this. But, since Bill Clinton has a hand in their release, someone’s got to step up and naysay the effort, and predictably, that task has fallen to former UN ambassador and noted rage-walrus John Bolton, who says the “Clinton trip is a significant propaganda victory for North Korea, whether or not he carried an official message from President Obama.”
Of course, holding Lee and Ling as prisoners was also a significant propaganda victory for North Korea, insofar as the ravings of a crackpot rogue nations can be held to be significant. If Kim Jong Il bakes a mediocre angel food cake today, North Korea will claim they’ve achieved a significant propaganda victory.
Bolton, nevertheless, doesn’t see it this way:
While the United States is properly concerned whenever its citizens are abused or held hostage, efforts to protect them should not create potentially greater risks for other Americans in the future. Yet that is exactly the consequence of visits by former presidents or other dignitaries as a form of political ransom to obtain their release.
Iran and other autocracies are presumably closely watching the scenario in North Korea. With three American hikers freshly in Tehran’s captivity, will Clinton be packing his bags again for another act of obeisance? And, looking ahead, what American hostages will not be sufficiently important to merit the presidential treatment? What about Roxana Saberi and other Americans previously held in Tehran? What was it about them that made them unworthy of a presidential visit?
These are the consequences of poorly thought-out gesture politics, however well-intentioned or compassionately motivated. Indeed, the release of the two reporters — welcome news — doesn’t mitigate the future risks entailed.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
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