Did John Bolton Try to Sabotage a Korea Deal?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

How on earth could John Bolton invoke the “Libya model” for a Korea deal and not realize what that means?

For once, because it gives them a chance to criticize John Bolton, the mainstream media is openly admitting how we totally betrayed Libya. It would have been better it they had mentioned our promises and the global implication before our murder-fest in Libya!

Bloomberg reports, “Specter of Qaddafi Haunts North Korea Talks.

Kim Jong Un does not fancy being another Muammar Qaddafi.

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North Korea watched on in caution and then horror as the Libyan leader accepted a U.S. deal to dismantle his nuclear regime in return for sanctions relief, […]: In 2011 he was killed by NATO-backed rebels, with ignominious images of his bloodied body going viral on social media.

Read the full Bloomberg story.

Of course, Bolton isn’t the chief problem, even though openly comparing Libya to Korea was, at best, stupid. The real problem was Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who led NATO in destroying Libya using jihadists. They publicly showed the world that not only was the United States barbaric and murderous, but that we betrayed people who agreed to deals that we offered them.

Haretz also noted the problem: “Bolton Says U.S. Looking at ‘Libya Model’ for North Korea.

The following is a CBS News transcript of the interview with U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton that aired Sunday, April 29, 2018, on “Face the Nation.”  Bolton comments in the interview that the U.S. is considering the “Libya model” in its talks with North Korea – an assertion which sparked scorn on Twitter as Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi was violently killed in 2011 and Libya has been without a stable government or economy since.

Haaretz published the entire transcript. Here’s the important part:

BRENNAN: Well arguably North Korea also walks in in a position of some strength- economic weakness perhaps but this nuclear program is further along than any past administration has encountered. So are-

BOLTON: Well because of the mistakes of 25 years of past administrations-

BRENNAN: -but is it a requirement that Kim Jong Un agree to give away those weapons before you give any kind of concession?

BOLTON: I think that’s right. I think we’re looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004. We’re also looking at what North Korea itself has committed to previously and most importantly I think going back over a quarter of a century to the 1992 joint North-South denuclearization agreement where North Korea committed to give up nuclear weapons and committed to give up uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing. Now we’ve got other issues to discuss as well; their ballistic missile programs, their biological and chemical weapons programs, their keeping of American hostages, the abduction of innocent Japanese and South Korean citizens over the years. So there’s a lot to talk about.

Read the full transcript.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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