m a r k a n d e y a

Tough choices…

Posted by Brian on April 10, 2007

Further proof that President Bush’s simple-minded rhetoric of “good vs. evil” and “with us or against us” just doesn’t work in the reality-based community:

Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea because of the country’s nuclear test, Bush administration officials allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the North, in what appears to be a violation of the restrictions, according to senior American officials.

The United States allowed the arms delivery to go through in January in part because Ethiopia was in the midst of a military offensive against Islamic militias inside Somalia, a campaign that aided the American policy of combating religious extremists in the Horn of Africa.

Here we have Ethopia, with us in the GWOT, but against us in terms of starving North Korea. How do we solve this conundrum without looking like flaming hypocrites in the end? To the Bush team, I guess the GWOT trumps the North Korea issue so they sit quiet while the deal goes through and North Korea becomes millions of dollars richer. Think of all the shiny new barbed wire that money can buy for all those NoKo gulags.

My beef isn’t so much with turning a blind eye to the deal, though that does bother me quite a bit. What really gets me, though, is the glaring disconnect between the way this president talks and the way his government operates. If he would simply stand up and say, “you know, the world is a complicated place, and sometimes we have to make tough decisions that we’d rather not have to,” I would be a bit more blase about the whole affair.

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