In Case You Need Yet Another Reason: Why Conservatives Are Knuckleheads ~ The Clinton Photo-Op
Here is the image of Clinton in Pyongyang yesterday. Quite a photo-op heh? It looks like Clinton's knickers are on really tight and the little dictator is a caricature. Could it be clearer that Clinton was there solely to collect the two journalists? How does this "encourage" the North Koreans? They had US citizens in custody and now they don't.
Well, the inimitable John Bolton gets invited onto npr this evening to explain why as a private citizen, Clinton is somehow not allowed to go to Korea and collect the prisoners. Leaps of logic (and paranoia) abound as John explains how the Iranians are plotting to use this episode to their advantage. He dismisses the episode as "gesture politics" which, I am certain, the two journalists and their families find persuasive. And, of course, it overlooks the fact that Clinton accomplished what he set out to do - he had a specific goal aim and it was met. Can we get some authoritarian wing-nut in a far away land to take Bolton (and some of his buddies) prisoner. Then we can apply his iron-clad 'principles.' In the meantime, why does npr insist on lending credibility to crackpots like Bolton? And why do the npr hosts let Bolton and his ilk say ridiculous things without calling them on their stupidity? This is journalism?
Well, earlier in the day npr also had had on one Gordon Chang (who among, other things, is an analyst for Fox News) who'd weighed in on the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal with a line that resembles Bolton's - Clinton's trip allegedly legitimizes the regime in Pyongyang. How, precisely? His visit highlights the fact that the North Koreans had imprisoned these two women and sentenced them in a draconian way. And now it gives the entire world an opportunity to discuss how that is just the tip of the iceberg. How many people around the world are sitting at home in front of the TV news tonight saying"Gee, those North Koreans sure are swell!"? None, Gordon. Chang is the one who keeps going on about how the North Korean dictator wanted the photo-op. This is incisive analysis?