Monday, August 3, 2009

Mr. Clinton Goes to Pyongyang

Former President Bill Clinton has arrived in North Korea to seek the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Ling and Lee were detained by North Korean authorities in March when they were accused of illegally crossing over into North Korea via China. In June, the two were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for this offense and other "hostile acts."

Obviously, I hope both women are released so they can both go back home. They should not spend another minute in captivity. But Kim Jong-Il and his cadre must be dancing in the streets. First, they kidnap two Americans. Then they launch a series of test missiles to taunt President Obama. We respond to North Korea by sending in a former U.S. President - the same former U.S. President who made a deal with the North Koreans. A deal I might add which they did not honor.

Kim Jong-Il and company are going to get what they want - food and money. They'll keep the food for Communist Party elites and spend the money on their nuclear weapons technology. All of which means more nuclear weapons testing and more hostile acts against American citizens.

Despite all the chaos in Iran, Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs are watching this spectacle with great interest and are counting the days before they become the next North Korea.

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