Funding the Enemy
The United States has already paid $1.026 billion in ransom to the North Koreans in order to stop them from building the nuclear bomb. That was the price tag from 1995-2003 of President Clinton's "Agreed Framework" plan. Under that plan, negotiated in 1994, we paid the North Koreans food, fuel oil and in two light-water nuclear reactors to stop building the nuclear bomb. We helped them build nuclear reactors in exchange for stopping the building of the nuclear bomb. That is kind of like helping someone make dynamite in hopes that they don't build bullets.
You can read all about it here in a report prepared by the Congressional Research Service, a bureau of the U.S. Congress.
What did we get in return for the $1.026 billion? The answer occurred on October 9, 2006, when North Korea conducted a test explosion of what may have been a nuclear bomb.
Now, President Bush has agreed to give an additional $400 million of fuel oil and electricity... in exchange for what? The North Koreans have agreed to shut down current bomb-making efforts. What about the prior nuclear bombs they may have already made and the weapons-grade uranium they have stockpiled? We will leave that to a future negotiation to determine how much additional ransom we should give the North Koreans to turn that over to us.
What is to stop the North Koreans from lying and continuing their production of more nuclear bombs, just like they did in 1994 when President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright negotiated the first ransom payment? Nothing.
President Bush once called North Korea part of the Axis of Evil. Today he is paying money to a key member of that Axis. They will use it to build more nuclear bombs. We, the citizens of the United States, are paying for construction of the bombs that may one day be exploded over our cities.
For a pictorial representation of how the North Koreans have played us, look here.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Funding the Enemy