FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Maybe President Bush should have turned Saddam Hussein into a pen pal. It looks like his recent letter to North Korea's Kim Jong Il might have been a strike of diplomacy.
In that letter, addressed to "Mr. Chairman", the president said a "critical juncture" had been reached in the 6-party talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. He urged Pyongyang to follow through on the agreement and to declare and dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
Well, North Korea came back with a verbal response today to Mr. Bush's letter. They said they appreciated the president's message, and that they plan to hold up their end of the bargain and expect the U.S. to do the same.
The president told reporters quote "I got his attention with a letter and he can get my attention by fully disclosing his programs."
North Korea started disabling its plutonium-producing reactor last month. In exchange, the U.S. agreed to move towards normalizing relations with North Korea, and removing the country from terrorism and trade sanctions black lists.
Here’s my question to you: Does anything change because North Korea responded to President Bush’s letter to Kim Jong Il?
Interested to know which ones made it on air:
Andrew from Clevland writes:
A response means nothing from a leader who has a history of deceit. The words of his administration are meaningless since they are famous for going back on their word so many times
Jack, Even if there was goodwill coming from North Korea, it certainly was tossed the minute our "smirky" president got on the tube. I will be so glad when we won't have to listen to him talking down to everyone in the world with his "mightier than thou" attitude. If Korea does the slightest thing positive it would behoove us to encourage them, even though we know their word is as good as Bush's. Absolutely Zero!
Mike from Annapolis,Maryland writes:
Yeah, a lot will change. We can now show the reclusive North Koreans how to outsource jobs, insource illegals, import low quality crap and how to hate our elected officials. When we get through normalizing relations with the North Koreans they will wish they never ever met us.
Sarge from Indianapolis, Indiana writes:
I have served two tours of duty in Korea. If a simple letter is gaining cooperation from Kim Jong Il, invite him to the White House!
Dear Jack, No, North Korea is no more trustworthy than Iran or Syria, or any other of the terrorist-supporting countries, no matter how many nice letters they write.
Giny from Columbia, South Carolina writes:
Dear George, All the nice letters in the world won't erase the fact that I will still be in charge January 21st of 2009 and you will not.
Sincerely, Kim Jong Il