John McCain says the U.S. taxpayer might gain from the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il as the Obama administration had plans to “bribe” the isolationist nation into abandoning its nuclear arsenal. The Arizona senator also said on Fox News Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden’s comment to Newsweek that the Taliban is not an enemy was an “insult” to the American military.
“Well, we may have saved the taxpayers several million dollars by [Kim’s] departure because we were about — again for the umpteenth time — to try to bribe the North Koreans into abandoning their nuclear arsenal, with millions of dollars and food aid, most of which, we find out, goes into the hands of the elite and does not do anything to alleviate the suffering of the people of North Korea, which is horrendous,” McCain told Fox News contributor Monica Crowley.
“We just saw the departure of one of the most brutal dictators in history — the people that can affect the situation in North Korea is not the United States, it’s the Chinese,” he said. "The Chinese prop them up; if the Chinese wanted them to act in a responsible way and move forward toward a democratic unified Korean peninsula, they could do that. Instead, the Chinese continue to prop them up.”
Switching gears, McCain mentioned Biden’s recent comment to Newsweek that the Taliban was not the U.S. enemy in Afghanistan. McCain called it an “outrage.”
“I have been flooded with comments and tweets about that from men and women who are serving in the military,” McCain said. “For the vice president of the United States to make a statement likes that is an insult to the men and women who are serving today. ... What about the families of those who have been killed by the IEDs that Taliban have manufactured, the same Taliban that sheltered Bin Laden and was responsible for 9/11? What about all that?
“ It’s just disgraceful — and the vice president has some cockamamie idea that we can negotiate some kind of peace settlement with the Taliban while we are leaving,” he said. “And, by the way, news reports are that they want to trade as a confidence-building measure — release some Taliban from the prison in Guantanamo. This is the most wrongheaded kind of thing that I have ever encountered.”
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