Originally posted by stealthyone
I don't see how Bush and his administration can be held 100% responsible. Will I say that he maybe could have handled the diplomatic process better?
I'm sure he could have, but as you can see in the past, any agreements with North Korea are worthless and are only worked to benefit North Korea.
In this case the only thing the Bush admin has done wrong, was to have not taken the NK regime seriously.
The only mistake has been following the 'sanction-em into a corner' policy whcih has majorly backfired. Note that ALL the other states involved in
the 6 party talks had requested the US to take up NKs call for bilatereal talks OUTSIDE the framework of the 6 party talks.
Taking NK more seriously would have not led to this IMO.
Now as far as Pakistan having transferred N-Tech to N Korea; well this is a grave mistake(note I'm not even saying oversight;the US KNEW about this)
on the part of US foreign policy for the last decade w.r.t. Pakistan.
The US has known since the beginning of the 1990s that Pakistan and NK have been trading missiles for N-Tech(missiles to Pak and N-tech to NK) and has
repeatedly overlooked this because of its goals of viewing Pakistan as a 'major regional player/ally'..
'Major regional player/ally' my a**!!!!
Now did/does Bush support this 'ignorance of Pakistan-NK trade' attitude?
Frankly speaking(and I'm not too fond of Bush), one CANNOT really say for sure.
1)The Bush admin did NOT support/carry forward the Clinton Administration approach of engaging NK. So its possible that the Bush admin may have
disapproved of the Pak connections as well. However one can say that the same intel was available to th eBush admin when they came to power and so
they had the ability to act then and there(esp after seeing that Pakistani Nuclear power was real: 1999)
2)Note that in his spoken televised response to the NK test, Bush mentioned that the NK regime is a known missiles technology proliferator to Syria
and Iran, but he did NOT mention Pakistan, even though its a well known fact that almost ALL of Pakistan's long range ballistic missile fleet
consists of re-named/modified Nod ong and Taepod ong missiles. Now this could mean that Bush is either following the same policy o ignoring
Pakistan's role in NK acsension the nucleardom OR it could also mean that he is wart of mentioning Pakistani involvement since so much on the war on
terro hinges on Pakistani support.
Very tough to take sides on whether bush failed ONLY in the diplomatic sphere of engaging N Korea or whether he also failed to act on intel available
to him on HOW NK was gaining N-Tech.
All in all, a definite failure of US foreign Policy in the last 10 years.
The US loses a lot in its friendship with Pakistan..really a lot.. Big gamble..