2003 – Yipee-ki-yay motherfucker (via The Washington Post):
“We will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea,” the president said confidently in May 2003, three weeks after declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq. “We will not settle for anything less than the complete, verifiable, and irreversible elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”
2008 – Kim Jong Il obtains photos of the Bush/Gannon meetings:
In the end, Bush settled for far less. Way short of his grand goal, Bush instead can claim only inching, agonizing progress toward getting the unpredictable government in North Korea to peel back the lid of secrecy about a nuclear weapons program that startled the world and brought together a coalition of five nations – Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the United States – to put pressure on Pyongyang.
North Korea is one of the brightest neon WTF? signs that’s hung over BushCo since the Subhuman Cowboy decided to go invade Iraq on the word of a pathological liar kindred spirit. Remember when North Korea tested a nuke? No, remember when North Korea tossed out the inspectors and fired up the reactors and sent us the tapes?
Here’s what The Chimp in Chief had to say when North Korea wrote “Stick it up your axis of evil,” on a bomb and flicked the switch:
Last night the government of North Korea proclaimed to the world that it had conducted a nuclear test. We’re working to confirm North Korea’s claim. Nonetheless, such a claim itself constitutes a threat to international peace and security. The United States condemns this provocative act. Once again North Korea has defied the will of the international community, and the international community will respond.
That’s the first of five paragraphs. Five paragraphs of an swaggering bully realizing he’s run up against a bigger bully. Because bAdmin. couldn’t do much about it, could they? Sanctions are great, but you need other nations to make that effective. War? But, but, North Korea has a huge army and ours was already tied up looking for Mr. Pretzledent’s legacy. Now here’s the funny part: If pResident Psychopath hadn’t barged into Iraq, he wouldn’t have looked 1/10th as fucking stupid when NoKo tested a nuke.
Now even Ambassador Walrus is pissed at him:
“It’s shameful,” John Bolton, Bush’s former U.S. ambassador at the United Nations, said of the president’s decision. “This represents the final collapse of Bush’s foreign policy.”
He said the North had gained “political and economic legitimacy” by Bush’s concession and there was clear evidence North Korea has aided Syria and Iran. “To take North Korea off that list makes a mockery of the president’s notion that cooperating with terrorism means you’ll be treated as if you’re part of the terrorist network,” Bolton said.
Or, the list as conceived by Li’l Bush was a mockery of how foreign relations are conducted.