Hillary Clinton was quick to attack Donald Trump for offering to talk to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, questioning his ability to conduct foreign policy. But as I note in a new piece for LifeZette, it was Bill Clinton who is responsible for the power Kim wields today. And the Obama administration that has allowed things to get worse. But not talking to them.
From the piece:
What Hillary is leaving out is that Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal were brought to you by her husband, Bill Clinton. The same Bill Clinton, of course, who would be tooling around Hillary’s West Wing, making economic policy, foreign policy, and any other mischief he can get himself into.
In one of the most dreadfully consequential foreign policy mistakes of the nuclear age, then-President Clinton in 1994 decided to try avoid a showdown with North Korea by unleashing legendary foreign-policy-disaster-maker Jimmy Carter.
The North Koreans had begun taking the final steps in a process that could provide them with the plutonium to make nuclear weapons. Clinton was set to show some backbone, risking war by preparing to request sanctions and contemplating bombing the Yongbyon nuclear facility. But at the last minute, Clinton decided to send Jimmy Carter to North Korea to try to defuse the situation, despite concerns among Clinton’s advisers that Carter would get up to a lot of unauthorized monkey business. Which is exactly what Carter did. He negotiated his own deal and presented it as a fait accompli.