Monday, September 06, 2004

I can't help but wonder how much the upcomming presidential election will effect our relations with North Korea. The current president seems to think that any country that proves to be too much of a threat should be taken over and reorganized. President Bush is taking a tough stance with North Korea and I worry about what extreme action the United States may take to neutralize the threat. With both sides being unreasonable, someone is bound to make a rash and consequence laden move.

4 comments:

Mike said...

I dont think President Bush is taking too harsh a stance on North Korea. we are still sending aid to north korea, this is not to say that it is getting to where it needs to go. You obviously dont support the war in iraq, as evidenced in your statement that Bush is taking over and reorganizing any country that seems to be too much of a threat, but i think he is acting in the best interests of this country. if this administration goes through the same channels it did with the invastion of iraq, first through the UN, then i would support the united states along with other countries going to stabilize another region of the world. At this point, i also dont believe we're being unreasonable whatsoever, we are putting sanctions on a country led by a madman that thinks he can strong arm the world to bend to his will, and we are still trying to go through diplomatic ways to solve this. if anybody makes a rash move, it will be North Korea, and i dont think that Kim Jong Il is that ready and willing to deal with what his enemies have to control the situation.

gary said...

Personally, I think we're not going to see a major shift in policy toward the DPRK. I don't think either man will go back on where we are now. For better or worse, I contentd the better in perhaps the first time I agree with Bush, that we are asking them to stop the Nuclear program and allow inspections and we will reward them for that with the benefits of more aid and cooperation into the world economy.

I don't think a Kerry administration would come to power, turn around and say, well, let's just give you everything you want since you have nukes. In fact, Kerry has repeatedly stated that he viewed the DPRK to be a greater threat then Iraq.

Mike Malaguti said...

Sorry, I can't resist-In response to Mike...
It's pretty apparent that George Bush doesn't act in the best interests of this country. If he truly did, Bush wouldn't have taken a tide of international good will in the wake of 9/11 and flushed it down the toilet by galavanting around Iraq. The world is a far more dangerous place, especially for Americans, directly because of the war in Iraq. That country is now a haven for terrorists. The President really didn't exhaust all diplomatic options with regards to Iraq either. It was another crisis precipitated by Bush. He shamelessly linked Sadaam with 9/11 and exploited the fear that all Americans were feeling post 9/11. We now know that there were no weapons of mass destruction and an Iraqi missile wasn't going to land in downtown DC. You describe a "madman that thinks he can strong arm the world to bend to his will." Funny, I think we are thinking of different people. Catherine is exactly correct in pointing out the President's new imperialism. One truly has to wonder if North Korea is Bush's next adventure.

Bob Martin said...

I don't want to get too far off topic, but since the relationship between Iraq and the DPRK has come up...
It always seemed to me that DPRK seemed more a logical focus of the U.S.'s concern than Iraq. If the DPRK has indeed become a nuclear power, or is on the verge of doing so, it gains serious bargaining chips in the the international scene, and could become very dangerous if confronted. It would make sense to me to focus international diplomacy (not necessarily military action) on a situation like this, as opposed to Iraq, which, as we now know, was never really a threat. Sure, Saddam's was an oppressive regime, but seriously, if American soldiers were sent into every oppressive country, America would have to make war on half of the world, including some of its most convenient allies. So it's worth examining what really constitues a threat and what methods the world should use to appropriately deal with it.