| “Powell was absolutely correct: Promicing elements had been left on th table.” Letter to a new President, Page 137 “The sad saga of recent U.S. relations with North Korea offers a case study in the need for eac and every administration to worry first and foremost about getting the kob done.” Letter to a new President, Page 139
There my have been flaws in Clinton’s foreign policy, but in regards to achievments in North Korea, it was a resounding success. Due to a 1994 agreement, North Korea made exactly zero progress towards nuclear weapons while on Clinton’s watch. Towards the end of Clinton’s terms they were moving towards a more longterm agreement, one Colin Powell was excited about moving forward on. But the Bush team followed the ABC strategy, Anything But Clinton. They quickly froze all diplomacy with North Korea, threw empty threats at North Korea labeling them an axis of evil, and then personally mcking their leader. The result was North Korea abandoned the 1994 agreement and now has nuclear bombs. In those final years of the Clinton Administration, Pew Polls conducted around the world showed positive Opinions of America amongst most of the world. Bush put an end to that too.
Turkey, a key muslim nation and member of NATO, with the largest standing army in Europe and close US ally, was insulted by the Bush Administration. In this important country, prior to Bush, 52% of Turks held a positive view of America. In 2007, the last polls showed that number had fallen to 9%.
Use your diplomats new President. Strengthen America’s influence and use it wisely. Don’t excercise knee-jerk diplomacy that insults our enemies and decreases our influence. For many years many presidents have appointed friends and donors and cronies to diplomatic missions, but diplomacy is too important to be passed off to mere donors.