Where Was McCain When Bush Gave North Korea Millions In 2002?
AP photo; Jeebus man, get a different tie.
John McCain is taking another dose of stupid pills to please the wingers again. You guessed it: it’s all Clinton’ fault that North Korea went nuclear this decade.
"I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration's policies that the framework agreement her husband's administration negotiated was a failure," McCain said at a news conference after a campaign appearance for Republican Senate candidate Mike Bouchard.
"The Koreans received millions and millions in energy assistance. They've diverted millions of dollars of food assistance to their military," he said.
Uh, senator, how many IAEA inspectors did we have monitoring North Korea in the 1990’s and how many do we have on the ground now? By the way Senator, if giving the North Koreans energy assistance as required by the framework agreement is the sign of a failed policy, then what did you say when George W. Bush gave Pyongyang the same assistance back in 2002?
I thought so. Not a damn thing. At least John Kerry threw it back at McCain today:
"He must be trying to burnish his credentials for the nomination process," said Kerry, who labeled McCain's comments "flat politics and incorrect."
"The truth is the Clinton administration knew full well they didn't have a perfect agreement. But at least they were talking. At least we had inspectors going in and we knew where the (nuclear fuel) rods were. This way, we don't know where the rods are, the rods are gone. There are no inspectors. Ask any American which way is better," Kerry said.
So what does McCain suggest now? Worthless sanctions and no dialogue, just like Dick Cheney.
"The worst thing we could do is to accede to North Korea's demand for bilateral talks," McCain said. "When has rewarding North Korea's bad behavior ever gotten us anything more than worse behavior?"
Senator, how many nuclear weapons tests did the North Koreans conduct during the 1990’s? And how many tests and how much weapons grade material have they developed since 2000 right under your nose while you sat on the Senate Armed Services Committee? Lastly Senator, the agreed framework prevented Pyongyang from producing plutonium from 1994-2002, when Bush walked away from the agreement. Since then, the North Koreans have been free to produce plutonium without international monitoring.
The device that was detonated Sunday night was a plutonium device.
Back to you Senator.