Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rolling Eyes

I’m so confused. I thought President Bush was against negotiating and “appeasement.” I thought President Bush was not supposed to be a flip-flopper. I just don’t know what to make of this news.

From Mid-Level Official Steered U.S. Shift On North Korea by Glenn Kessler:

Early in President Bush's second term, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice convened a series of strategy sessions on how to persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons programs. One key official, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, remained largely silent, four participants said, except to pipe up periodically with the same refrain.

"If you just let me go to Pyongyang, I'll get you a deal," the career Foreign Service officer said, prompting others to roll their eyes and move on.

In the twilight of the Bush presidency, the nuclear agreement that Hill has tirelessly pursued over the past three years has emerged as Bush's best hope for a lasting foreign policy success. In the process, Hill has become the public face of an extraordinary 180-degree policy shift on North Korea, from confrontation to accommodation.
Read the rest here.

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