Thursday, January 7, 2016

Marco Rubio Bombs Out

Marco Rubio is blaming the Obama administration for North Korea’s attempt to set off a hydrogen bomb.

I have been warning throughout this campaign that North Korea is run by a lunatic who has been expanding his nuclear arsenal while President Obama has stood idly by. If this test is confirmed, it will be just the latest example of the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Our enemies around the world are taking advantage of Obama’s weakness.

Yeah, except for the fact that up until the George W. Bush administration, the United States had done a pretty good job of containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.  It was under the Clinton administration that we had worked out an agreement with North Korea to keep the genie in the bottle.  And as Steve Benen relates, it was the Bush administration that scuttled the agreement and branded North Korea as a part of the “axis of evil.”  That’s the way to keep them in check, right?  North Korea set off their first nuke in 2006 — during the Bush administration.

By 2002, North Korea had unlocked its fuel rods, kicked out international weapons inspectors, and become more aggressive in pursuing a nuclear weapons program. In response, Bush did nothing, instead focusing his energies on selling the United States on the need for a disastrous invasion of Iraq.

Indeed, Bush argued at the time that the U.S. had to hurry up and invade Iraq before it could acquire nuclear weapons, effectively telling North Korea that the way to avoid an invasion was to advance its nuclear program as quickly as possible – which it did.

As a result, North Korea became a nuclear state on Bush’s watch, and paid no price for its actions. The world is left with an isolated dictatorship, craving attention, and playing with the most dangerous weapons the world has ever known.

Marco Rubio touts his foreign policy chops as one of his qualifications to be president.  If his startling ignorance of recent history is any guide, he really should look for something else as a selling point.