Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

The October Surprise?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU
mn9driver Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:09 PM
Original message
The October Surprise?
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 01:11 PM by mn9driver
For my 500th post (I'm slow, I know), I think I'll pimp my blog:

Once upon a time, all of North Korea's plutonium laden, spent fuel rods were safely locked away under IAEA seal . That was negotiated under the "Agreed Framework" during the Clinton administration. The trade off was that we would help them build light-water reactors for power, which would be quite unsuitable for clandestine weapons programs.

Upon taking office, Bush administration immediately began to pursue a policy of confrontation with the North Koreans, culminating in the collapse of the Agreed Framework after we "discovered" that they were attempting to start a secret uranium enrichment project. Keep in mind that a production scale uranium enrichment operation is a huge undertaking which is impossible to hide and takes many years just to ramp up. There was time to negotiate, to attempt to salvage some of the protections of the Clinton era; but no.

The Bush administration immediately shut down talks, stopped the reactor projects and withdrew aid. The North Koreans predictably removed the seals from their fuel rods, extracted the plutonium and by most estimates, now have at least several nuclear weapons which are likely to work. Good job, Bush administration.

Now, it is 30 days before a US election that the GOP is likely to lose on a national level and the North Koreans have announced that they would be willing to forgo their first nuclear weapons test, but only if the US is willing to "talk". This is the October Surprise that Karl Rove promised the GOP faithful last month. Keep in mind that everything is political in this administration. Everything. World safety and stability are not part of the equation for these people.

Will they negotiate with the North Koreans and trumpet success in reaching a new Agreed Framework? Or will they rebuff them with strident rhetoric and egg them on to their test, producing a lovely mushroom cloud to use in GOP campaign ads for the last week before the election?

You know what they'll do.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:18 PM
Response to Original message
1. My guess is that Shrub will NOT talke to the NK's. Too stuborn!
This could be quite an advantage to the Dems IF they make this issue very public!!!! Sure doesn't look to me like ShrubCo is making our Country or the World a safer place!!!!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Amonester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:30 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Since the ro~ve~gue gang just love to hide the bad news from all
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 01:31 PM by Amonester
battlefronts they created, and falsely claim (spin) that everything is 'fabulous' to their complicit 'm$m'ers... I don't think the people who really pay attention to their criminal behavior will ever feel safe again, whatever the ro~gue gangsters say.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Vexatious Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:42 PM
Response to Original message
3. Whatever Bush does will be dumb
that we can count on. Maybe a nude jello wrestling match between Kim Jong Ill and the chimp.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
IdesOfOctober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:51 PM
Response to Original message
4. No, the Truth About Andy Card's Resignation Will Out
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:18 PM
Response to Original message
5. K&N for a great blog!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Jan 23rd 2018, 03:28 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC