How to fail, Bush editions
We can go boom too. Next stop, Tokyo.
The Bush failure in North Korea has it's roots in Cheney's desire for regime change. Which is insane on it's face.
The South Korean economy cannot suddenly take on the ecomony of Haiti, which in describing North Korea is generous, one so militarized and brainwashed, that their reaction to the end of the Kim Il Jong regime is incredibly unpredictable.
The Democratic Senate talking points are a short hand summary of Bush's weakness.
Under Bush’s Watch, North Korea Has Increased its Stockpiles of Plutonium – Under Clinton, No Plutonium Was Produced. A study by the National Security Advisory Group drew upon the analysis of the Group’s chairman, former Defense Secretary Bill Perry, and more than a dozen national security experts including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former Assistant Secretaries of Defense Ash Carter, Graham Allison, Michele Flournoy, and found that the amount of plutonium produced by North Korea under the last three presidents to have been:
President Bush’s North Korean Failure
President Bush’s North Korean policy is one of failure. Over the past six years, Kim Jong Il has withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, increased his plutonium stockpiles and continued testing missiles that he exports to the Middle East and Africa. And now, it seems, North Korea has tested its first nuclear weapon. The Bush Administration’s policy towards Pyongyang has made America less safe. It’s time for a new direction. Under President Bush’s Watch, North Korea Has Dramatically Increased Its Weapons Material Stockpile. When President Bush took office in 2000, Pyongyang had enough fissile material to manufacture 1-2 nuclear weapons. Today, experts believe that North Korea possesses material sufficient to build between 4 and 13 nuclear weapons and, unless an agreement is reached to stop the country’s program, it is estimated that Pyongyang will have enough material to manufacture between 8 and 17 nuclear weapons by 2008. [Institute for Science and International Security, 6/26/06]
o Bush I: one to two bombs’ worth of plutonium
o Clinton: zero plutonium
o Bush II: 4-6 nuclear weapons’ worth of plutonium and counting