So I sit down to read the news this morning and this is the AP's top story. I am skeptical but I read on. After all, didn't they just test a bomb a couple of months ago? But, it sounds like a good agreement. I'm wondering how in the hell the Bush administration's State Department managed to get this deal. Of course it was a six party negotiation with all of N. Korea's neighbors which is what the administration wanted and also why the deal sounds like it might work. It seems this is a sound agreement benefiting all and arrived at through true negotiation. Astounding.
And then I get to this;
But already before its adoption, the deal drew strong criticism from John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., who urged President Bush to reject it.
"I am very disturbed by this deal," Bolton told CNN. "It sends exactly the wrong signal to would-be proliferators around the world: 'If we hold out long enough, wear down the State Department negotiators, eventually you get rewarded,' in this case with massive shipments of heavy fuel oil for doing only partially what needs to be done."
What the fuck? Didn't we get rid of this guy? Why does he still have any voice in the foreign policy of this country? Why is he quoted by CNN and consulted by Bush. Is he our new Kissinger? Don't we still have the old Kissinger? Maybe he's the new Kiss-ass-inger (thanks barry!). And, if Bush rejects this agreement with the North Koreans, it will set our policy on the peninsula back a decade or more. Of course it was too good to be true! This is the Bush administration, after all.