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Geoff Metcalf
December 30, 2002

“Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.”  --Philip Roth

I was hosting a talk radio program in Dallas recently and received one of those classic smarmy liberal calls seeking to shift the blame for American complicity with North Korea away from the Clinton administration to ANY Republican.

The caller asked in those ‘reasonable’ questioning tones if perhaps we should have the ‘full story’ of how the U.S. enabled North Korea to reach the flash point we currently face. The suggestion/intimation/rhetorical question was “Who ‘really’ allowed the North Koreans to become a potential nuclear threat?”  She asked, “What if Bush senior, or Reagan enabled Pyongyang?”

This is typical liberal obfuscation.  When confronted with facts that contradict their preconceived opinion or prejudice they seek to either ignore the facts or manufacture revisionist fiction.

And the Texas liberal is not the Lone Ranger.  Subsequent to our exchange George Stephanopoulos took a knife to a gunfight with Secretary of State Colin Powell on ABC. Boy George (relying on a Sen John Kerry quote) tried to suggest the North Korea Problem was created by the Bush administration. 

Powell eviscerated the claim, “The fact of the matter is that this program was not started during the Bush administration. It was started during the previous administration. Back in 1998 and 1999, the intelligence shows clearly that North Korea had embarked on a program of enriching uranium. And so, we inherited this problem.”

Before my Texas program was over (and with a little help from my friends) I was able to disavow listeners who took the bait of the liberal obfuscator.  What was cool was that we were able to offer documentation from the chronically liberal news source CNN.

Notwithstanding protestations to the contrary, the FACTS demonstrate that it was NOT Reagan or Bush but ONLY Bill Clinton who orchestrated North Korea into their current position of threat.

CNN offers a very nice “TIMELINE: North Korea's nuclear history” from 1985 to the present. 

In December 1985 North Korea joined the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).  However their participation had strings attached.  They required any agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) contingent on removal of U.S. nuclear weapons from South Korea.

It was President George Bush (the elder) who ordered withdrawal of all U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed abroad, including about 100 based in South Korea in September 1991.

As a result of that action in December North and South Korea signed the South-North Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  In it they pledged not to test, produce, receive, store, deploy or use nuclear weapons. They also agree to mutual inspections.  But obviously, they lied!

Just before the ’92 elections in the U.S.  IAEA inspectors discovered some hinkiness in North Korea's initial report on its nuclear program and asked for clarification on the amount of reprocessed plutonium.

Very early in the Clinton first term, the IAEA demanded special inspections of two nuclear waste storage sites.  They claimed evidence that North Korea had been cheating on its commitments. North Korea flat out refused.  In March with heat for special inspections North Korea said it intended to withdraw from NPA in 90 days.

After one full year of North Korea playing the IAEA and the Clinton administration the CIA announced North Korea might have produced one or two nuclear weapons.  Hell-o?

When North Korea announced its withdrawal from the IAEA (June 1994), former (failed) U.S. president Jimmy Carter cut a deal with North Korea in which the North confirmed its willingness to freeze its nuclear arms program and resume talks with the United States. So they agreed to do what they agreed to do nine years earlier and had not.

Then in October 1994 the United States and North Korea concluded months of haggling and eventually adopted the 'Agreed Framework in Geneva.

That was when North Korea presumably agreed to freeze and eventually eliminate its nuclear facilities and to allow IAEA special inspections.

But there was a ‘quo’ to the ‘quid’.  In exchange for agreeing to what they already had agreed to Pyongyang scored two light-water reactors and annual shipments of heavy fuel oil.

With over a year left in President Clinton's term, the Advisory Group warned that the deal that was ‘supposed’ to derail Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program had instead backfired. 

The Advisory Group warned the provision of two light water reactors provided North Korea with the capacity to produce enough fissile material for nearly 100 nuclear bombs ANNUALLY

And the Clinton administration didn’t do ‘Jack’.

So despite the revisionist dissembling of ABC’s diminutive propagandist and doubt sowing callers to radio talk shows, the FACTS are that the North Korean mess is yet another product of Bill Clinton.  It also personifies the axiom that there ARE consequences to things we do and don’t do.

© 2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication.