06/23/2008 (3:38 pm)
Mandatory disclaimer: endorsements by every freakin’, murderous, leftist tyrant in the universe does not constitute proof that Barack Obama is either a leftist or a tyrant. In fact, it doesn’t mean anything at all. Does it?
Here’s the good news, though; Kim Jong Il of North Korea tells us exactly why he’s endorsing Barack Obama, and it sounds… well, eerily familiar. Via OneFreeKorea, and with full faith that they’re translating the Korean accurately (emphasis mine):
We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who would meet the leader of Chosun without pre-conditions, than with the “Bush clone” and scarecrow of the neocons McCain.
This illustrates the danger of allowing beginners to make policy statements on the campaign trail.
The article at OneFreeKorea contains this helpful comparison of the McCain and Obama campaign statements about North Korea, with additional commentary about the Bush administration, which has not nearly been tough enough:
Bush’s North Korea policy may be a poor baseline for comparison, but the candidates themselves have given the North Koreans plenty to judge them by. Both Obama and McCain have told us how they’d deal with the North Koreans. McCain has expressed his distaste for the latest variation of Bush’s policy and emphasized his willingness to raise uncomfortable topics, including human rights. Obama has already shown a disappointing lack of consistency in holding North Korea accountable for its intolerable behavior. If I understand Obama’s policy to consist of direct summit talks, aid, and trying to coax North Korea into opening itself up, that same policy was tried for years, without success, by the South Koreans, and it’s now being tried without success by President Bush. If I understand McCain’s policy to consist of tightening sanctions until North Korea verifiably disarms, that was tried briefly by the Bush Administration and showed signs of considerable success until its inexplicable and premature abandonment.
(Bear in mind that the sanctions the Bush Administration applied for just 17 months were a pale shadow of the power we could potentially apply but did succeed in driving Kim Jong Il back to the bargaining table. When we lifted the pressure, the North Koreans resorted to form and balked at full disclosure or disarmament. And as we’ve since learned, they weren’t dealing in good faith to begin with. The key to any successful negotiation with the North Koreans is showing them that you’re fully capable and prepared to hasten and accept the collapse of the regime as an alternative.)
And finally, I simply cannot resist reproducing Michelle Malkin’s take on the endorsement:
Delicious. But, of course, the endorsement of every single one of America’s enemies around the globe doesn’t prove a thing about Barack Obama. Does it?