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Nambe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:21 PM
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Top Democrat (Biden) Criticizes Bush on N. Korea Policy

A top Senate Democrat said on Sunday that the Bush administration did not have a coherent policy on North Korea amid reports that the Asian nation might have built a second secret facility for producing weapons-grade plutonium.

"There is no policy," said Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I am at a loss to understand why this administration insists that we have the situation in North Korea under control," Biden added. ---

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zekeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:27 PM
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1. That's right Joe
Now, you, or some other Dem leader needs to harp (and heavily so) that this situation has spiraled out of control while * used our military to prospect for oil in Iraq for his friends and boss, Dick Cheney.
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sfecap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:34 PM
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2. But, must have thought that your buddy the chimp
had a "coherent" policy w/r/t unilaterally attacking Iraq, right?

Because you voted for it.

I'm sure he's got a "plan" for North Korea. (And the Iraq situation is "under control"...Bremer has been all over the AM shows this morning telling us that so it must be true...) Settle down or you won't get to hang out at the White House.

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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:40 PM
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3. OMG!!!.........Biden is still around? Tip toeing out of the closet?
This is unbelievably amazing!!!

I'm sure he'll run back in as soon as he sees *'s gun!!!

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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:46 PM
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4. I know, I know
Biden deserted us on Iraq

But so did the majority of Americans according to the poll numbers.

Now those Americans are starting to come around.

If we want to get rid of Bush, we have to stay focused: Blame Bush, not the people he duped.
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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:52 PM
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5. They have a policy
It has two main features:

No negotiations, insults and threats

regime change through economic sanctions and isolation

It is exactly the approach that former Secretary of Defense William Perry has warned against because it may lead to a terrible war.

Our regime's record with this international and humanitarian crisis is little better than that which preceded the Iraq invasion:

The Nuclear Frame-up of North Korea
by Gregory Elich 4 July 2003

<Outside the U.S., not everyone bought the story. The South Korean Defense Ministry questioned the assertion that North Korea had already built plutonium nuclear weapons and pointed out that these bombs "if they exist, would weigh between 2 and 3 tons because of lack of technology to make them lighter." The weight of such weapons would exceed the delivery capability of North Koreas missiles and bombers. (18) Russian military analysts concluded that North Korea lacked the "military and economic potential" to produce nuclear weapons and that the "existing military potential of the DPRK is quite definitely of a defensive nature." (19) U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton visited Russia and presented evidence backing the American accusation of a North Korean nuclear weapons program, hoping to persuade the Russians to support the application of pressure on North Korea. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov was distinctly unimpressed with the quality of such evidence, stating that "the Russian side has not yet received any convincing evidence of the existence of such a program." (20) South Korean Unification Minister Jeong Se-Hyun suspected that the U.S. was not being entirely honest. "I am afraid that Kang Sok-Jus remarks were quoted without their full context." Lim Dong-Won, South Korean Presidential Advisor for Security and Unification, commented that the timing was suspicious. "The U.S. notified us of the secret program in August <2002>, when Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi planned to visit Pyongyang and the two Koreas embarked on reconnection of railways and roads." (21) Adding to the suspicion concerning the timing of the announcement was the expectation that it would have an effect on the South Korean presidential election scheduled to take place two months later, on December 19.<snip>

See the entire article for a detailed analysis of breaches, manipulation and deception leading to the current crisis.
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baffie Donating Member (362 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 01:02 PM
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6. Hmm.. did Biden read DU posts saying he's a wimp?
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