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Bush Policy To North Korea In Shambles

Perhaps, an historian in the coming years will be able to decipher the Bush policy toward North Korea and explain it in terms that make sense of what Bush has or has not been doing. Initially, the president indicated he would not pursue the Clinton initiative towards the North Korean government, but after a few years of deadlock and no progress, Bush switched and said he would negotiate with the Pyongyang government. However, despite agreement by North Korea to allow UN inspectors into investigate and their promise to dismantle nuclear weapon programs, Bush refused to take the name of North Korea off the terrorist regime list.

A few weeks ago, the North Koreans announced they would cease dismantling nuclear weapons and they wanted UN inspectors out of their country. Yesterday, President Bush told the world that North Korea was off the terrorist list. Within hours, the North Korean government said it would resume dismantling nuclear weapons and their foreign ministry made clear, “we welcome the US’s decision to honor its commitment to remove us from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

Naturally, this latest mess of confusion could have been avoided if Bush simply had agreed to do what he initially said–remove their names from the terrorist list for agreeing to dismantle nuclear weapons and allow inspection. Why does it always take Bush five mistakes before he does the logical thing?

North Korea Wants Out Of Nuclear Agreement!

The North Korean government said it will halt efforts to disable it nuclear facilities and consider restoring the Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic bombs. It charges the United States with violating a disarmament deal. “We have decided to immediately suspend disabling our nuclear facilities,” the KCNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry official as saying. According to Lee Dong-bok, of the CSIS think tank, “this is a last-ditch effort trying to somehow influence U.S. presidential politics.” The announcement came days after China’s President Hu Jintao left South Korea where he promised to get tough with the North if it did not move toward giving up its nuclear weapons.

As usual, President Bush’s “get tough policy” of threatening other nations unless they fulfill his requirements played a role in the North Korean decision. Instead of offering support and encouragement to North Korea for its actions in working toward nuclear disarmament, he made clear that nation’s name would not be removed from the list of terrorist enemies. Professor Koh Yu-hwan, of Seoul’s Dongguk University believes it is “another card at the negotiation table to urge the U.S. to remove it from the terrorism blacklist as soon as possible.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry urged nations to remain calm and continue effort to work for nuclear disarmament.

In June, North Korea toppled the cooling tower at its plutonium producing reactor in a symbolic gesture to show its commitment to the nuclear deal. The Bush reaction was not to respond with a symbolic gesture such as removing North Korea from the terrorist list. Instead, he made known the U.S. would play tough. Isn’t this always the Bush approach?

Gulf War Combat Vet On Terrorist List!

A former Army pilot who fought in the Gulf War has discovered his name is now on the terrorist list as a potential dangerous individual who might do harm to his nation. Erich Scherfen said unless his name is removed from the list he will have difficulty obtaining a job and his career might well be over. Scheferfen spent 16 years in the armed forces and attributes his presence on the list as stemming from his decision to convert to Muslim religion in 1994. His Pakistan born wife is also a Muslim and has never had any connection with terrorists or belonged to any organization that is on the list. Scherfen discovered he was a “positive match” on a list maintained by the TRansportation Security Administration which led his employer to suspend him and he will lose his job unless his name is removed from the list.

Mr. Scherfen is now suing the government which he loyally served and risk his life to defend because some bureaucrats apparently believe if an American Christian converts to the Islamic faith there is something suspect in their loyalty to America. The American Civil Liberties Union is working with Scherfen to uncover the reason why his name is on a terrorist list. Gee, if someone converts from the Muslim religion to Christianity do they also get placed on a terrorist suspect list?