At a time when Mrs. Bill Clinton is running a race for president and suggesting husband Bill will play a role in her administration “in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it,” the media has been happy to cover he story as seen here in The New York Times.
But there has been a curious silence in the liberal media as news arrives that North Korea has tested yet another nuclear bomb. What kind of silence?
Here are a sampling of the front page headlines from The New York Times of September 9th on this latest news out of North Korea:
North Korea Tests a Mightier Nuclear Bomb, Raising Tension
North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts Keep Getting Stronger
Over at The Washington Post the front page, also from September 9th, featured these headlines:
N. Korea conducts fifth nuclear test despite global condemnation
These North Korean missile launches are adding up to something very troubling
When Donald Trump flirted with a 2000 campaign, he proposed bombing North Korea
Now. One can read all of these stories in the two print outlets of the liberal media and never find these two words: Bill Clinton.
Over at CNN, the words “Bill Clinton” can be found — in this opinion piece on North Korea’s news written by one Adam Cathcart, identified as “a lecturer in Chinese history at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and the editor of Sino-NK.com. The views in this article are those of the author.”
Writes Mr. Cathcart: “The Clinton campaign has loads more experience (then the Trump campaign) in dealing with North Korea -- as Bill Clinton's 2009 trip there to spring two noteworthy hostages suggests.”
Ahhhh yes. There is the first hint that, yes indeed, Bill Clinton can be tied to North Korea. Alas Mr. Cathcart doesn’t even begin to suggest the relevance of that Bill Clinton-North Korea tie. For that, we must turn to Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard in this April 2015 article by Daniel Halper. That headline? “When Bill Clinton Praised the Virtues of the Nuclear Deal With North Korea.”
Halper cites this from then-President Bill Clinton on October 21, 1994, bold print for emphasis supplied:
“Before I take your questions, I'd like to say just a word about the framework with North Korea that Ambassador Gallucci signed this morning. This is a good deal for the United States,” Clinton said at the press conference.
North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.
South Korea, with support from Japan and other nations, will bear most of the cost of providing North Korea with fuel to make up for the nuclear energy it is losing, and they will pay for an alternative power system for North Korea that will allow them to produce electricity while making it much harder for them to produce nuclear weapons.
The United States and international inspectors will carefully monitor North Korea to make sure it keeps its commitments. Only as it does so will North Korea fully join the community of nations.
Hmmm. Something seems amiss. There is the President of the United States — William Jefferson Clinton — assuring his fellow Americans that "North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.”
And yet, if one reads today’s liberal media, somehow — some way, in some quite mysterious fashion - there on the front pages today we find the news that, well, golly gee, North Korea not only did not “freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program” as guaranteed by Hillary’s husband but that, per the Times, North Korea’s “Nuclear Blasts Keep Getting Stronger” and appear to be married, per the Post, to “something very troubling” — that troubling something being missile launching technology.
Quote The Post, bold print again supplied:
“It seems like North Korea is trying to qualitatively improve its missiles and develop options to evade or fool U.S. missile defenses,” said Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association.
"If this continues unchecked, they could develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could pose a threat to the United States in the next decade.”
Why is mentioning Bill Clinton important? Who cares about something that happened back in 1994?
Because this piece of Bill Clinton handiwork with North Korea, formally titled the Agreed Framework between the United States of America and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is utterly typical of the liberal approach to dealing with America’s enemies. And to the point today, it is the same naive thinking that is behind the Obama assurances — supported by Hillary Clinton — that the agreement with Iran will guarantee Iran will not gets its own nuclear weapons.
Take a look, to pick but one liberal venue, over here at The Guardian’s story on Hillary Clinton’s views on the Obama nuke deal with Iran. The headline: “Hillary Clinton makes forceful case for Iran nuclear deal.”
Reported The Guardian, bold print supplied:
Hillary Clinton offered her most robust endorsement yet of the nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama administration between Iran and six world powers.
The former secretary of state made her case in a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Wednesday, as the US Senate formally begins its debate on the accord in anticipation of a vote to disapprove the deal. Clinton, who stated her support for the agreement shortly after it was reached, elaborated on her position while emphasizing continued skepticism of the Iranian regime.
Clinton said the US faces a choice to either ‘move forward on a path to diplomacy or turn down more dangerous path leading to a far less certain and riskier future’.
The former secretary of state said the deal “blocks every pathway for Iran to get a bomb” and that it was ‘unrealistic’ to get a better deal, as some opponents claimed was possible.
Like Bill, like Hillary.
Here is Bill on North Korea: “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program.”
Here is Hillary on Iran: The Obama nuclear deal “blocks every pathway for Iran to get a bomb.”
And the media reporting on all of this? Zero. There is one story after another headlined on the front pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post about North Korea and its nukes and nary a word that President Bill Clinton, whom Hillary assures will have some kind of role in her administration, personally assured the American people the day when North Korea had nukes would never arrive.
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Why is this? Why the oh-so-subtle media black out of the Bill Clinton role in this latest news out of North Korea? One can easily suspect that the liberal media has no intention of reminding the American people that the liberal world view of dealing with steadfast — and fanatic — American enemies has produced repeated and spectacular failure.
Thus the best way to deal with the Bill Clinton assurance that “North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program” — on a day when the headlines illustrate in vivid terms what baloney this Clinton agreement actually was?
Disappear the words “Bill Clinton” and indeed, that is just what The Times and Post have done.