Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Bush Backs Richardson Trip to North Korea

New Mexico Governor, former Energy Secretary, former UN Ambassador, former Congressman, and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Richardson will head a bi-partisan delegation to North Korea to retrieve the remains of U.S. troops lost during the Korean War. Unlike the whimpering and moaning coming from the Rose Garden over Speaker Pelosi's trip to Syria, the private foray put Richardson organized is endorsed by the Bush regime.



Talk about burying the lead, from the very last gaf of today's Washington Post:
Richardson's office quoted the governor as saying that he hopes the trip "will advance the progress made by the Bush administration during the six-party talks to dismantle nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula."
One would hope.

Two years ago, the Bush administration discontinued cooperative field trips to Korea which had, at that point, identified over 200 remains of American soldiers. Estimates are that several thousand (over 8,000 are still listed as MIA) are still to be located. Unable, or unwilling, to put together its own team, the Bush administration seemed to eagerly embrace Richardson's initiative. Causing wingnut toadies like Ed Rogers to wet their pants:
"Talk about retreating to a Clinton policy," said Republican political consultant Ed Rogers. "Next they will want Hillary to sponsor heath-care legislation," he said . . . .
Nice, Ed. Bush can create tons of dead American bodies in Iraq and you applaud him, but his incompetent diplomacy is unable to bring back 50-year old remains from a country willing to give them up, and you want to make a political attack out of it.

If Bill Richardson isn't on the Democratic ticket in '08, the Democrats will have missed the boat.

In the media:

US State Department: Private U.S. Delegation Traveling to North Korea
Press TV (Iran): U.S. delegation to visit N. Korea
Guardian (UK): U.S. to Recover GI Remains in N. Korea
USA Today: Gov. Richardson will go on mission to N. Korea
CCTV (China): U.S. delegation to visit DPRK next week
Seattle Times: White House backs mission to North Korea
Korea Times: Gov. Richardson to Visit NK for Recovery of MIA Remains
Military.com: U.S. to Recover GI Remains in N. Korea
Santa Fe New Mexican: With Bush's blessing, Richardson heads to North Korea
Reuters(NY Times): Gov. Richardson to visit North Korea in April
Yonhap (S.Korea): Gov. Richardson to go to N.K. for recovery of MIA remains from Korean War


(Photo Credit: US Department of State)



2 comments:

Wil Robinson said...

I've been on the Richardson bandwagon for a couple of months now...not that I know that much about him.

What I do know is this:

He's a Democrat, so hopefully he's liberal (though not all are)

He's pro-gun (let's face it, no Democrat can with the presidency if they aren't pro-gun - I'll concede this point)

He's got excellent foreign policy experience (United Nations, Security Council, etc.)

He's been the leader of a state (governors do exceptionally well in presidential elections)

His commercials for governor in NM were awsome (cheap, positive, no attack ads...) It shows in his personality.

And lastly: He's not Hillary.

I agree - if the Democrats don't put this guy on the ticket they've sealed their fate.

Thanks for bringing a nice story to my attention.

Ron West said...

I want the head of the reeps who went to Syria and blasted BushCo.

--Ron