Bush shouldn’t go it alone in N. Korea

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - Adrian Fil­lion At­lanta, Ge­or­gia

Of course Democrats and Euro­peans, and any­one whose spine is weak­ened by not hav­ing to sup­port the weight of a brain, want Pres­i­dent Bush to go it alone in talk­ing with North Korea, rather than get­ting other na­tions in­volved (“Hil­lary chides Bush, calls for bi­lat­eral talks with North Korea, Iran,” Nov. 6 edi­tion).

That way, if talks fail — even if it’s North Korea’s fault (and it surely will be) — they can crank up their Kerry-oke ma­chine again to put the blame on Mr. Bush: “If we’d been in charge, we’d have forged a coali­tion of na­tions. He wants to ne­go­ti­ate in the same ar­ro­gant way he wages war: uni­lat­er­ally.”

Nat­u­rally, they ex­pect most of us to for­get what Mrs. Clin­ton said.

Many Democrats and Euro­peans make no se­cret of their opin­ion that Mr. Bush is an id­iot.

But they want him to be re­spon­si­ble for ne­go­ti­a­tions of lit­er­ally life-or-death im­por­tance, with a near-lu­natic regime, about nu­clear weapons. Huh?

Hav­ing nei­ther the pro­found wis­dom of Mrs. Clin­ton nor the moral high ground of the lead­ers of the con­ti­nent re­spon­si­ble for two of the most vi­cious and waste­ful wars in his­tory, I will none­the­less ven­ture a guess that Kim Jong Il just might be more at­ten­tive to six na­tions form­ing a united front than to one na­tion whose leader is reg­u­larly vil­i­fied and in­sulted by coun­tries around the world.

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