Trip Draws Cheers, Jeers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 5:37 PM CDT
After the talks.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea is generating all kinds of debate. A sampling:

  • John Bolton on Fox: The hawkish former UN ambassador calls the trip a "classic case of rewarding bad behavior. ... Obviously, all of us want to get them out, but we want it done in a way that doesn't increase the risks" to other Americans "seized by despotic regimes."
  • Jack Cafferty, CNN: Given the recent Hillary bashing from the North, this is "very, very strange. ... But the women, their families and the rest of us will take it. Way to go, President Clinton."

  • Patrick Edaburn, Moderate Voice: "I’m not sure we really need to celebrate too much over what former President Clinton may or may not have done. ... As anyone who has spent time with a 3-year-old will tell you, if you keep giving in they will keep pushing."
  • Allahpundit, HotAir: Great result at "relatively low cost." Sure, "any hawk worth his or her salt will bristle" at rewarding Kim, "but isn’t that perfectly consistent with our North Korea policy? They’re a major threat to launch a regional war but they’re also oddly easily placated by sporadic attention (and food assistance, natch) from the United States."