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Reverend Kim Dong-shik is a Korean-American citizen that led Chicago Evangelical Holiness Church for 36 years before he was kidnapped in China in 2000 by North Korean agents while leading a church mission to aid North Korean refugees in China.
In 2004 Senator Barack Obama signed a letter to the North Korean government demanding the return of Reverend Kim since the reverend is one of his constituents in Illinois. In the letter Obama said he would not support removing North Korea from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List until North Korea returns Reverend Kim. You can see a scanned copy of the document with Senator Obama's signature on it here.
Now four years later and with Senator Obama running for President and touting his willingness to engage with dictators he has conveniently decided to flipflop on his positions with North Korea. Now not only is he willing to meet with Kim Jong-il he is now supporting their removal from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List:
U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Senator Barack Obama has recently indicated he no longer opposes the removal of North Korea from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Obama in January 2005 came out against the removal of the Stalinist nation from the list until it gives an account of the kidnapping and death in the North of the Rev. Kim Dong-shik in 2000. (…)
“We will NOT support the removal of your government from the State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism until such time, among other reasons, as a full accounting is provided to the Kim family regarding the fate of the Rev. Kim Dong-Shik following his abduction into North Korea five years ago.” (…)
Obama appears to have changed his position since. Meanwhile, the presidential hopeful has repeatedly said he wants to meet with leaders of hostile nations, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, if he is elected.
Critics of Senator Obama claim he is an appeaser which is a charge he vigorously denies. Is selling out one of your constituents that was kidnapped and probably killed by a hostile government for simple political expediency appeasement? I will let readers decide that but one thing is clear all politicians should support keeping North Korea on the State Sponsor of Terrorism List until they come clean on what happened to Reverend Kim along with a host of other North Korean sponsored kidnappings and terrorist attacks over the years.
Nancy Pelosi went to Iraq:
BAGHDAD (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democratic critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, expressed confidence during a visit to Iraq Saturday that expected provincial elections will promote national reconciliation.But oh what a shame, she had to come back
Pelosi, who led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Baghdad, spoke after the group met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq.
She welcomed Iraq's progress in passing a budget as well as oil legislation and a bill paving the way for provincial elections in the fall that are expected to more equitably redistribute power among local officials.
She said the visit was to "pay our respects to our troops and at the same time learn more about what the situation is on the ground here."
Pelosi also was hopeful about the upcoming elections after meeting with Iraq's Sunni parliamentary speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani.
In an interview yesterday with the San Francisco Chronicle, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed the U.S. troop surge failed to accomplish its goal. She then partially credited the success of the troop surge to “the goodwill of the Iranians,” claiming that they were responsible for ending violence in the southern city of Basra.Some might think she's been smokin' crack.
Asked if she saw any evidence of the surge’s positive impact on her May 17 trip to Iraq she responded:Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.
But I say the treasonous bitch don't know Jack.
Nancy probably stops reading the news after the first paragraphs:
BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations, members of the Iraqi parliament said.Or perhaps she just missed the third:
Sadr ordered the halt on Sunday, and his Mahdi Army militia heeded the order in Baghdad, where the Iraqi government announced it would lift a 24-hour curfew starting early Monday in most parts of the capital.
But fighting continued in the oil hub of Basra, where a six-day-old government offensive against Shiite militias has had only limited gains.That story was from March 30.
This one was from April 1:
No peace in Basra despite Sadr callBut it was from an Australian source.
HOPES for a ceasefire in Iraq's developing Shia civil war were swiftly undermined yesterday when the Government said it would not stop attacking outlaw militia members, despite an offer from militia leaders to freeze the conflict.
Fierce fighting went on in areas of Basra loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, despite the rebel cleric's call to his militiamen to put down their weapons.
Sadr's statement was hammered out in elaborate negotiations over the past few days with senior Iraqi officials, some of whom travelled to Iran to meet the Shia cleric, according to several officials involved in the discussions.
Coalition airpower played a part in the "Iranian peace" too.
BASRA, Iraq, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Coalition air strikes hit insurgents' positions in Iraq's southern city of Basra early Wednesday, killing four gunmen and wounding another, a coalition spokesman said.But that's from a Chinese news agency, so Nan might not have known.
"A coalition aircraft conducted an air strike on a group of gunmen who were firing rocket propelled grenades on Iraqi security forces in Basra's western neighborhood of Haiyyania at about 1:30 a.m. (2230 GMT on Tuesday)," Captain Chris Ford, spokesman of the Multi National Forces in Basra, told Xinhua.
The attack killed four insurgents and wounded a fifth, Ford added.
According to the spokesman, another coalition aircraft struck a vehicle in the same neighborhood, but the casualties were unclear.
A source from Sadr office in the Haiyyania neighborhood confirmed the second attack, saying an Apache helicopter fired a missile on a civilian car carrying several gunmen of Mahdi Army militia, loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
By April 27 (a mere 4 weeks after the "Iranian brokered cease fire")...
Iraqi forces have taken control of the last militia stronghold of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the southern city of Basra, the US military said in a statement on Saturday.But once again, that's from Australia.
It said Iraqi troops began the last stage of Operation Saulat al-Farsan (Charge of the Knights) on Friday in Basra's northern neighbourhood of Al-Huteen, a bastion of Sadr's Mahdi Army militia.
"But, when the soldiers.... moved into the city, the local citizens actively welcomed and cooperated with them."
On March 25 Iraqi forces launched an assault in Basra which initially faced fierce resistance from Shiite militiamen, mostly from Sadr's Mahdi Army.
By the end of April:
Young women are daring to wear jeans, soldiers listen to pop music on their mobile phones and bands are performing at wedding parties again.But that was a report from a British correspondent in Basra.
All across Iraq’s second city life is improving, a month after Iraqi troops began a surprise crackdown on the black-clad gangs who were allowed to flourish under the British military.
A shame Pelosi doesn't read news from countries that aren't having Presidential elections this year.
Michael Goldfarb: Just two months ago, Pelosi said, "I hope we don't hear any glorification of what happened in Basra." It seems she was only talking about glorifying the role of the U.S. military and our Iraqi allies, who were in fact victorious. Apparently glorification of the enemy is still allowed.
Ace: Having blurted out, probably accidentally, that the surge was in fact successful, Granny Rictus McBotoxImplants now scrambles to credit the enemy nation murdering our troops with the victory our troops accomplished through blood, sweat, tears, and more blood.
Allah: This is why I said yesterday that McMaster’s remarks to AEI are a must-read. This sort of willful naivete about Iran’s motives — in this case coming from a woman who not only felt compelled to meet with Assad but whom one House Democratic aide admitted would be “furious” upon hearing Murtha’s report of progress in Iraq — is right at the heart of it.
James Taranto: Who needs Barack Obama if the Bush administration is generating so much Iranian goodwill?
Related - Obama might go to Iraq, too, maybe: But there's also this: "Obama also declined McCain's invitation for a joint trip, saying he didn't want 'to be involved in a political stunt.'"
At the bottom of this post:
With special thanks to IraqSlogger's Eason Jordan for making the full article viewable to non-subscribers.ROLFMAO, as the kids say these days.
Posted by Bill Roggio on May 23, 2008 02:16 PM
Love ya, Bill.