Diplomacy Works! ~ dnd

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When Euna Lee and Laura Ling’s plane landed at Burbank airport Wednesday morning it was a tremendous relief for these journalists and their families.  The homecoming reception and statements were heartwarming.  However this episode sent a louder message: diplomacy works!

Negotiators tell us when two parties enter into negotiation, there is always a win-win situation.  The trick is finding it.  In this case Kim Jong-Il wanted to meet the Big Dog and we wanted the journalists back.  This of course oversimplifies all the back channel negotiations that went on, but everyone walked away with what they wanted.

Sure there were a few who criticized the effort.  Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (now there’s a diplomat),  said it was a huge mistake:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/04/AR2009080401486.html

This is to be expected.  The success of this mission calls into question his position on dealing with the rest of the world.  But seriously, what were we suppose to do?  Call in the A-Team and have them bust Lee and Ling out of prison?  Let them rot in North Korea?  Diplomacy was the only reasonable course of action.  My guess is had it been Bolton’s daughter, he’d be whistling a different tune.

Will this lead to greater diplomatic efforts by the U.S.?  We can only hope.

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30 responses to “Diplomacy Works! ~ dnd

  1. Morning peeps.

    Hey didn’t Olberman do this story last night?

    😉

  2. nannymm

    Dnd must have sent him the story, Brian. 😉

  3. I suspect Kieth once again hacked into our blog and saw pending posts. That rat bastard!

  4. dnd

    If Obermann keeps hacking into our blog and stealing our material, I’m gonna have to leave a “special comment” 😉

  5. I wonder if there will be a swearing in for Sotomayor at the WH later today.

  6. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 — 3:15 PM ET
    —–

    Senate Confirms Judge Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice

    Voting largely along party lines, the Senate on Thursday
    confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the
    Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31. She will be the first
    Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court.

  7. dnd

    So who are the 31 who voted no?

  8. dnd

    My guess is that arroz con gandules will soon be on the Supreme Court cafeteria’s menu. Fried plantains too.

  9. eProf2

    Yep, KO gets his material right here — LOL!!! You’re right, dnd, diplomacy does work when given at least a chance to work. The Bush doctrine of pre-emptive strikes in all matters set the US back several decades. Efforts like the Ling and Lee affair helps right the ship. Like so many Americans, I’m very proud of Bill Clinton, Al Gore (the real 43rd President), and President Obama for what they accomplished. I have praise, too, for the North Korean leadership, as much as we dislike their policies, in their role in this affair, too. It was a win-win for everyone involved. Screw you, John Bolton and Dick Morris!!

  10. Every time I see Dick Morris’ name a wave of revulsion goes right through me!

  11. dnd

    Every time I see Dick Morris a wave of revulsion goes right through me! Is he the right’s Jabba the Hut?

  12. nannymm

    It’s getting really frightening out there.

    Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) will not be hosting any town hall events this August — instead, he’s making himself available to constituents for one-on-one meetings about health care reform — and at least part of the reason is this: His offices have received threatening phone calls, including at least one direct threat against his life.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/dem-congressmans-office-his-life-has-been-threatened-over-health-care-bill.php

  13. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 — 8:20 PM ET
    —–

    Senate Passes Extension of ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program

    The Senate passed a $2 billion extension of the car rebate
    program after the House voted for it on Friday, before its
    summer recess.

  14. Anyone see Hillary’s interview on CNN today, she started laughing out loud when John Boulton’s name was mentioned!

  15. Cool it’s already up on youtube:

  16. Hi everyone,

    Can you even imagine having the power that the Clinton’s hold in the world….

    she did her “cackle” lolol

  17. 8 – 28
    is the date I think I will have some time in NYC, not sure who may be with me, or what time will be free yet…..but it doesn’t matter, I’d like to meet up….with anyone who can get there…. 🙂

    well not just “anyone”

  18. anyone : meaning everyone here……but not those….others……you know there are others that may read this blog…

  19. how can I make it any more complicated…I could name names of who I would not like to see but that would be too rude…..lol

  20. lol… I have no idea how I get through a normal day
    🙂

  21. I vote for “too rude”

    👿

  22. lol….too rude…..funny

    well in any case…..hope we can meet….and if Nanny has any way to get there all the better

  23. No one else is in that area are they?

    I think it’s safe

  24. No one you want to meet, trust me.

    *whispers 9/11 in your ear*

  25. I’ll be taking my daughter back to Pratt, and staying in Brooklyn but can easily get to the city. I hope we can figure something out….

    The week after that, I’ll be driving (omg) to Boston….unless I wimp out and throw him on a jet….which my friends said would be too “cold”

  26. I’m taking the boiz to the park, night toots.

  27. toots is going to nappy -time ….ciao

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