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A-Bombs Over Korea

Monday, 09 May 2005 12:00 AM

The new missile test revived fears about Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities. The missile launch followed Pyongyang's abrupt decision in April to shut down its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. Western defense officials fear the move could be a prelude to the extraction of fissile material for additional atomic weapons.

President Bill Clinton's secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, said the United States had missed opportunities to defuse the crisis brewing on the Korean peninsula.

"I'm very concerned about the box that we are now in with North Korea," said Albright.

Of course, Albright previously called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il a "charming" guy and a "good dancer." Albright based these well-chosen comments on the one and only time she visited the ironclad dictatorship, when she danced the night away with the dictator in a gala ball-like atmosphere.

While Albright has tried to pin the current crisis on George W. Bush, the fact is that her commander-in-chief, Bill Clinton, was too busy lying to the nation about sex to bother coming up with a rational policy on North Korea.

President Clinton tried several failed policies to appease North Korea. First, by using Jimmy Carter, he attempted to bribe North Korea into halting its nuclear weapons programs.

Carter, Clinton's personal emissary, met with Kim and came back waving a paper, declaring peace in our time. Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the one-term president held confused and hopeless negotiations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) that resulted in a total failure.

At one point Carter declared that North Korea had no nuclear weapons and then, a few months later, he declared that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons if the U.S. disarmed itself.

When it became apparent that the Carter peanut plan had failed, Clinton resorted to his old forte – lying to the nation. Clinton tried to ignore the North Korean threat, declaring that the tiny nation did not have long-range missiles and could not develop atomic weapons.

Clinton also had others lie to support his false assertions. In 1998, Clinton twisted arms inside the intelligence community. The result was a politically motivated and thoroughly untrue CIA report that the DPRK would not be able to deploy a missile capable of striking the U.S. for over a decade.

The CIA report supplied in 1998 by the Clinton administration estimated that North Korea would require 10-15 years to develop a missile capable of delivering a chemical, biological or nuclear warhead.

The Clinton policy toward North Korea came apart when his Pentagon chief of staff declared in the summer of 1998 that there was no indication of a missile threat from the DPRK. One week later North Korea launched a Tae Po Dong missile over Japan that landed off the Alaska coast.

Of course, Clinton was not just lying to America. He also lied to our Asian allies. The CIA had satellite data showing the Tae Po Dong being prepared for launch but elected not to pass that data onto Japan or South Korea.

Thus, the view inside Tokyo changed because of the North Korean missile passing overhead. Instead of trusting America to relay accurate intelligence information, Tokyo decided to rely on its own data, no matter how much it cost. Japan now orbits its own intelligence satellites, which monitor North Korea and China.

Of course, many like Madam Albright still believe that appeasement is the best policy to deal with "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il. Such a policy is not only silly but also dangerous.

The DPRK under Kim has engaged in some of the most heinous activities in global proliferation and criminal activities, ranging from kidnapping to open terrorism and murder.

For example, Australia currently holds several DPRK diplomats caught smuggling heroin into the land down under. The DPRK is also a prime source of tons of illegal methamphetamines to Asia.

North Korea has also sold missile technology to Pakistan, Libya, Iran, Saddam's Iraq, Taliban Afghanistan and Syria. The DPRK also sold nuclear weapons technology Libya, Iran and Pakistan.

One result of the recent North Korean admission to a nuclear weapons program was a choice between two evils for U.S. Asian allies. Either submit to North Korean blackmail or build nuclear weapons. This bitter choice faced by Seoul and Tokyo would mean more atomic weapons and expanded political unrest.

Instead, President Bush has given our Pacific allies a third, non-nuclear, option to join us in a missile defense. The brilliant move gives Japan and South Korea a way of defending themselves against North Korea without having to take up nuclear arms.

A nuclear test by Kim will certainly spur Japan and other Pacific states to seek more defenses. Such a test may also spur other Pacific nations that are currently reluctant to join a missile defense with the U.S.

It is said the best motivation is enlightened self-interest. A mushroom cloud over North Korea is likely to be a great motivator.



Charles Smith will be on: The Jerry Hughes Show on Friday, 5/13/05, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Show information at http://www.cilamerica.com.

The George Putnam Show on Friday, 5/13/05 at 1 p.m. Pacific time (4 p.m. Eastern time) on KCAA 1050 AM in Southern California, WPYT 560 AM in Pittsburgh, WLTH 1370 AM in Gary, Indiana/Chicago, and CRN Radio Network, WWW.CRNI.NET


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