Tuesday, April 03, 2007

When I Find Myself In Times of Trouble...

Emmett was the first to post on this topic.

Who do you call when a foreign policy issue needs resolution? Who in the United States of America has the respect of world leaders and foreign nations to get the job done on behalf of Americans?

President George W. Bush provided the answer to that question by asking Bill Richardson to lead a delegation to North Korea to discuss the remains of missing U.S. servicemen.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat running for president, will lead a U.S. delegation to North Korea this month to oversee the return of remains of American troops from the Korean War, the White House said on Tuesday.

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The group will meet with North Korean officials in Pyongyang then travel to Panmunjom on the demilitarized zone to watch over the transfer of remains from the Korean Peoples Army to United Nations Command personnel, a U.S. administration official said.

Clearly no other presidential candidate has the gravitas or diplomatic acumen that Bill Richardson possesses. If they did, why is Bush sending Richardson to North Korea and not one of the other candidates? I'm sure it has something to do with Richardson's track record of proven results with the North Koreans. No other person has had as much success negotiating with Pyongyang.

Update: Here is the official statement from Governor Richardson's spokesman.

"Governor Richardson is pleased to jointly head, along with former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, a bipartisan delegation of Americans to facilitate the release of remains of US serviceman. Hopefully this trip will advance the progress made by the Bush Administration during the six-party talks to dismantle nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Dr. K.A. Anthony Namkung, a senior adviser to Governor Richardson, will be a member of the U.S. Delegation," said Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Governor Richardson.

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