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N Korea Uses Jimmy Carter To Get More Aid

From his undying fans at the Associated Press:

Jimmy Carter, other former leaders to visit NKorea

(AP) – April 24, 2011

BEIJING (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he hopes to meet with North Korea’s reclusive leader during a visit aimed at assessing severe food shortages and discussing the revival of nuclear disarmament talks.

Carter is making the three-day visit to North Korea this week accompanied by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and former Irish President Mary Robinson…

What standing does Mr. Carter to have to be restarting talks on North Korea’s nuclear program? Who is he to be promising the North Koreans anything?

Carter said the group "would like very much" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as well as his son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un, but was unsure whether that would happen…

The former president said he was not "prejudging in advance" his discussions on restarting talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs, which have been stalled for the past two years.

Pyongyang is believed to be holding out for diplomatic concessions from Washington before committing to returning to the six-nation talks, under which it has pledged to dismantle its programs in return for food and fuel aid.

Carter did not respond when asked if he was carrying a message from the U.S. administration and made no mention of Korean-American Jun Young Su, who is being held in North Korea, reportedly on charges of carrying out missionary activity

The U.S. State Department said last month that Carter would not be carrying any official messages.

Carter is well-regarded in North Korea and met in 1994 with the North’s then-leader Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il’s father, and brokered a U.S.-North Korea nuclear deal

Which has worked as well as any of Mr. Carter’s other ‘deals.’

At Monday’s briefing, Carter also criticized long-standing economic sanctions imposed on the North’s hardline communist regime, saying they were adding to suffering among ordinary citizens amid a severe drop-off in food aid to the North.

"In almost any case when there are sanctions against an entire people, the people suffer the most and the leaders suffer least," he said. "And we believe that the last 50 years of deprivation of the North Korean people to adequate access to trade and commerce has been very damaging to their economy, as well as some problems they may have brought on by themselves." …

Carter described the North’s food problems as "a horrible situation" and said the group hoped to convince other nations to step up shipments, mentioning in particular South Korea, which has cut off all food aid to its neighbor.

Absolutely, Mr. Carter. We must do all we can to help North Korea.

Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, said his delegation was invited by top North Korean leaders, but declined to identify them by name.

Of course they were invited by the North Koreans. Jimmy Carter is practically the living embodiment of the term "useful idiot."

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “N Korea Uses Jimmy Carter To Get More Aid”

  1. heykev says:

    If Carter is for any policy, treaty, etc, I would be against it.

    However, since BHO is striving to be the worst President EVER (and replace Carter as worst) he will probably let Jimmy negotiate in his stead. Since all Carter’s other treaty’s have worked out so well.

    I’m sure it’s a win-win for the N. Koreans and \our Dear Leader.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I wish a gay muscle/leather film company would use Jimmy Carter ……

  3. proreason says:

    This is the thing that is busting my chops the most at the moment.

    We have the most powerful military that has ever been…but we can’t use it except for the marxists’ purposes, we can’t charge other countries that have abused it for decades, and people in the military are considered neanderthals,

    We have more oil than probably any country in the world…but the make believe press lies about that fact, the marxists somehow prevent us from accessing it, and American lifestyles are on a precipitous decline because of the insance refusal to exploit our own most valuable resource.

    We have the best medical system ever developed…but we are in the process of dismantling it.

    Our enemies are pipsqueeks that we could swat like flies with our left pinkie…but instead WE GIVE THEM our money.

    Muslims want to destroy the United States…but we treat the maniacs with kid gloves, GIVE THEM MONEY that they then use to kill us, and even allow them to game our political system to destroy it.

    And hundreds of other examples.

    It really is Orwellian beyond belief. I understand that Americans are tolerant and generous. I understand that we don’t want to be bullies and prefer to encourage others rather than to force common sense on them. But are people in this country so stupid that they can’t see these painfully obvious things.

    This is what rubs me raw more than anything.

    These are also the things that Trump, who of course every “good” conservative hates, is apparently the only person alive who is willing to say out loud.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Perhaps Trump can be used as a barometer to see just how vicious the left can become. Perhaps that’s why other “conservative” candidates are being so reserved.

      On the one hand, I don’t want a “reserved” conservative. But on the other, if the left brings out its big guns to try to destroy Trump, then it’s good to find out about now.

      One thing is clear, the absolute paralyzing FEAR the right has about going to war against an obvious enemy, both foreign and especially domestic. And it is a war. The inability to state the obvious. The intentional destruction of this nation moves on and I have heard NOTHING from the right. Not a peep by anyone in any position to stop it. The thing that really gets under my skin is WHY?

    • proreason says:

      “The thing that really gets under my skin is WHY?”

      Probably because with the exception of a few patriots like Palin, Rubio, West, Cain and the talk radio guys, and one cool and rational observor (Ryan), most of them (our esteemed rino leaders) want the same things as the salivating marxists want…wealth and power. Boner, et al, may be philosophically closer to what real Americans think and want than are the drooling marxists, but when push comes to shove, the Boner crowd invariably picks the non-confrontational path…the path that promises them several more years enjoying their luxurious lifestyles and the obscene perks and satisfactions of controlling the lives of millions of people.

      We have to fire them in 2012, if it’s not already too late.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “The thing that really gets under my skin is WHY?”

      As hard as it is to accept, you know the answer because you said it.

      I don’t wish to be perceived as a Rowling nut, but there is a very memorable scene from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” with many interesting parallels:

      Sirius Black: Fudge is using all his power, including his influence at the Daily Prophet, to smear anyone who claims the Dark Lord has returned.

      Harry Potter: Why?

      Remus Lupin: The Minister thinks Dumbledore’s after his job

      Harry Potter: But that’s insane! No one in their right mind could believe that Dumbledore..

      Remus Lupin: Exactly the point. Fudge isn’t in his right mind. It’s been twisted and warped by fear. Now fear makes people do terrible things, Harry. The last time Voldemort gained power he almost destroyed everything we hold most dear. Now he’s returned, and I’m afraid the Minister will do almost anything to avoid facing that terrifying truth.


    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I know I know….ask a rhetorical question….get a rhetorical answer….

      (that’s a joke, btw)

      As you both have stated, the point is clear. Luxury, especially luxury that one does not have to pay for but which comes from “public coffers” is exactly right. And the power that comes with it….oh yeah. This is why I repeat that we are returned to Roman times. The “elected” government in ancient Rome was known for living large on the taxes raised on the people. Julius Caesar was, perhaps, the closest thing one could ever come to a benevolent dictator as he truly loved the nation of Rome and its people. He was against much of the selfishness that consumed the senate and that’s perhaps one of the biggest motivators for his assassination; That he was limiting their powers and perks. Of course, such distillation is a little parochial but it’s one of the biggest factors that raised the ire of senators to motivate them to brutally kill an unarmed man.

      In any case, we have the version of Roman politics where there are two sides that function on the “wink-and-nod” method. I never would have thought it could happen in this nation but that goes against one of my own razors: “Never underestimate the ability of humans to game any system.”

      And so they have. Better to rule in hell than serve in heaven, I guess.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Didn’t Carter go to N.Korea back in the 90s and gave their nuclear program a clean bill of health? Didn’t he say something like “they have no nuclear desires.”

    N.Korea’s main product is DOING THINGS THAT PISS EVERYONE ELSE OFF. Then they have leverage to get food which they can’t produce themselves.

    This is the ONE COUNTRY I would support an invasion of, just to rid the world of this 60 year nuisance!

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