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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Doin' The North Korea Flip 

Pandagon: We Do Not Negotiate With Tyrranies

Ezra found a very nice Bush flip-flop. I like those because I get to use my neat little Bush-flip graphic.

Here's the crux of it:

...as Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly told the president's senior national security advisers late last year, "I have been charged by the President with making sure that none of the tyrannies in the world are negotiated with. We don't negotiate with evil; we defeat it."
President Bush has authorized a team of American negotiators to offer North Korea, in talks in Beijing on Thursday, a new but highly conditional set of incentives to give up its nuclear weapons programs the way Libya did late last year, according to senior administration officials.
Under the plan, outlined by American officials on Tuesday evening, in response to pressure from China and American allies in Asia, the aid would begin flowing immediately after a commitment by Kim Jong Il, the North Korean leader, to dismantle his plutonium and uranium weapons programs. In return, China, Russia, Japan and South Korea would immediately begin sending tens of thousands of tons of heavy fuel oil every month, and Washington would offer a "provisional'' guarantee not to invade the country or seek to topple Mr. Kim's government.
And now, the clever graphic:

Now this is not a condemnation of the new policy. In fact, I think it's a good idea. But if they are going to criticize Kerry for what they call flip-flopping...



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