This is bad. Jimmy Carter is reportedly going to North Korea to try to free an American citizen being held there.
You see, here’s the problem. Jimmy Carter is like 107 years old and has no idea what he’s doing. I mean, he’s in pretty good possession of his faculties, but he has never known what he’s doing when it comes to foreign policy or anything else that doesn’t involve constructing cheap housing by hand in low income neighborhoods.
So he’s going to negotiate with the North Koreans to release someone named Kenneth Bae, who supposedly went into the country as a missionary and found out too late that the tyrants who run the place really aren’t into that sort of thing. And so instead of converting the Godless he wound up as a pawn of international diplomacy.
I feel for Kenneth and I think we should be making efforts to get him released. But really, he should have thought this through a little better.
Now, the North Koreans see Carter, and they think, Ahh, here comes Obama. Because, even though the White House emphasized that this is a “private trip,” the North Koreans won’t think it is because they assume that Jimmy is still part of the government in some fashion because where they live, nobody leaves senior government service with his head still connected to his thorax.
Heck, I’m not even sure Carter isn’t up to something on behalf of the White House, given the haphazard way this administration conducts foreign policy.
And so, Carter will start negotiating, and all of a sudden the North Koreans will put something significant on the table, and Carter will call the White House, and they’ll be like, “Oh no, what do we do now?”
And all of a sudden Jimmy Carter will be negotiating nuclear proliferation issues AND THAT’S LIABLE TO END US UP IN A BIG WORLD OF HURT.
Because he doesn’t know what he’s doing.