December 14th, 2007
04:50 PM ET

North Korea responds to President Bush?


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

Thom writes:
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!

Pete writes:
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

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Bill

    It's a lot better having two leaders communicate with each other and try to settle things in a diplomatic way than having their armies fight and kill each other and destroying the lives of so many. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    December 14, 2007 at 2:57 pm |
  2. David Cissner,San Bernardino,CA.

    Jack,What makes bush and his cronies believe that they have the right to tell the rest of the world what to do, The world would be a better and more peaceful place if we just minded our own business.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:01 pm |
  3. Terry O'Flaherty

    Kim Jong II is a lunatic and anyone that thinks any differently belongs in the same institution that KimJong is headed for. I would not trust this guy for all the tea in china. And if George Bush thinks his letter to Kim Jong changed anything he is sadly mistaken.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:13 pm |
  4. Scott Emily

    it wasn't a viedo responce was it? i could just pitcher the two of them with thier sticks and sand box. a human etch-a-sketch , of two nuts with nukes.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:13 pm |
  5. Patricia

    Nothing has changed for the North Korean people yet. Nor do I expect it to. Kim doesn't have a conscience, so the torture & rape of the men women & children under his rule will continue until he & all those using his rule are dead.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:20 pm |
  6. William, NC

    Personally, when I think of George W. Bush and Kim Jong II I think of Thelma and Louise right before they go off the cliff.

    December 14, 2007 at 3:52 pm |
  7. Patricia

    Another ROTFLMSAO!!!! At least the women knew why they were going off the cliff. These 2 morons haven't got a clue!!!

    December 14, 2007 at 3:59 pm |
  8. Craig, FL

    Things only change if North Korea actually follows through with fully disabling their nuclear weapons program. Actions speak louder than words.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:05 pm |
  9. Sean

    The change took place with the sending of the original letter, not in the letter's response. N. Korea has always wanted to talk to the U.S.

    A verbal reply shouldn't surprise anyone.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm |
  10. EF

    David Cissner,San Bernardino,CA.:

    Your idea is nothing new. Isolationism has been tried in the past...ultimately to no avail. To make matters worse now, in case you haven't noticed, we have a world economy. We are more than ever intertwined with the rest of the world.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm |
  11. Alvin

    The first time Kim Jong makes what appears to be a positive statement (whether tru or not), Bush responds with “I got his attention with a letter and he can get my attention by fully disclosing his programs.” Great response George why don't you call him a name or two as well!

    December 14, 2007 at 4:28 pm |
  12. Melvin

    Only if the Sun came up in the west today.
    If it looks like a duck,
    walks like a duck
    and quacks like a duck it
    must be a DUCK.
    Kim is a duck and cannot be trusted.
    Reagan's old saying, trust and verify, well with Kim do it twice.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:30 pm |
  13. Joe K.

    Kimmy's just upset that his idea of shipping his program to Syria and getting off the blacklists (along with millions in hand outs) was undercut by Israeli intelligence. Now he needs to find another backdoor before he can proceed with his plans.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm |
  14. Armand Fl.

    Dear Mr. Chairman,

    Y'all really oughtta get the lead outta them nucular devices & the toys y'all are makin.
    If-en you don't, I might have to send you another letter that ya can't read, or take
    ya out for a real bush-wackin behind McBushes. I won't hold the Mao, neither.
    Hee-heehee. I know its HARD WORK, but ya gotta do it.
    Y'all do what ur told, and I might take a dozen, or so, troops off the DMZ by 2020.

    Mr. Bush-san...........of aNother Bush-san

    Dear Mr. Bush-san,

    You no twik me rast time, and you twik me dis time. You velly funny man, but I get rast raugh, again dis time.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm |
  15. Patricia

    Look.... George Bush has been selling Kim "wolf tickets" for years.... This is another show of "stuck in stupid"....

    December 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm |
  16. Rickey LoDico

    It's about time we started talking to N. Korea in a non-threatening manner. After over 50 years, you'd think US policy makers would realize that you can't sanction or threaten those guys into submission. It's not like they've ever been a realistic threat to anyone anyway.
    Langhorne, Pa

    December 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm |
  17. James

    I was unaware King Bush could write. But since he seems to be in a writing mood maybe he'll grow the brass to write a pardon for the two Border Patrol agents, Ramos and Compean, who are preparing to spend Christmas in prison for defending THIS COUNTRY.

    December 14, 2007 at 4:45 pm |
  18. Brian, Huntington Beach, CA

    We cannot trust North Korea to keep their end of the bargain

    December 14, 2007 at 5:02 pm |
  19. Eduardo

    Can't we all just get along!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:03 pm |
  20. RonPaulForTheLongHaul

    Jack,What makes bush and his cronies believe that they have the right to tell the rest of the world what to do, The world would be a better and more peaceful place if we just minded our own business.

    It's not just Bush and his cronies. This has been US foreign policy since WWII but it wasn't the foreign policy that the Founding Fathers advised and this is for good reason. They were well aware of the dangers of foreign intervention and entangling alliances. It increases the likelihood of being dragged into military intervention that does not directly defend national security. It also unintentionally creates enemies. Like when we support Israel's killing of Palestineans it enrages the Islamic world (among many other examples of intervention in the Middle East).

    Read Ron Paul's book "A Foreign Policy of Freedom" to understand what he has been warning Congress of for 30 years. A return to adherence to the Constitution to benefit the people of America and influence the world by example not by force.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:04 pm |
  21. G.M.(Destiny)Sweet

    I have found that where there is hypocrisy there is a loss of authority or the ability to bring real power to bear upon any situation that needs to change. I am looking forward to the day when we as a people will stay focused on aligning ourselves,individually, with what is in accordance with the highest good for all, all nations tribes and tongues, those present and those who are yet to come,in all areas of life as we know it. Then and only then we can expect our leaders (whom we elect to serve in our stead) to represent who we are as a united people, a nation beyond reproach..where the power/authority of the people is mirrored in the leadership who are only figureheads/spokespersons or ambassadors of our own good will and integrity...who cannot be expected to be any more or less than we as a people are as a whole....so when will we disarm our weapons of mass destruction..or is the illusion of military power the only power/security Americans can put their faith in? If we deserved better leaders we would have them in droves...do you want our policies to be backed by true authority? Have the courage and commitment to walk in integrity first,refuse to tolerate hypocrisy in your own heart , then you will begin to see true power brought to bear upon what needs to change for the bigger picture. I believe we can ..will you?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:06 pm |
  22. john

    Yes, if Bush really wrote the letter, it will double the number of archives in his presidential library.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Jack, we'd do better just by sending over Liz Taylor - make her a special de-nuker embassador or something that sounds lofty and political. Why would we believe this guy, he's half-crazy – no, not the Korean – the one in the White House!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:10 pm |
  24. Alan Bergelson

    If one consdiers the "art" of diplomacy, I'd have to agree the Presidents comment "show me" response is perfect. The fact is we are talking and the benefits for both Norh and South Korea could be extraordinary. One step towards normality is a real plus for all parties. Remeber when China was our "enemy"? THis could happen with Korea.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:13 pm |
  25. sandshark

    well...it's about time the 2 long lost twins got together....Babs will be so pleased at the Christmas Party this year.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm |
  26. Steven Hegstrom

    We have started talking both ways that is a good change. North Korea could add a lot to the worlds economy if given a chance and a helping hand. This is better for all

    December 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm |
  27. J

    Jack,What makes bush and his cronies believe that they have the right to tell the rest of the world what to do, The world would be a better and more peaceful place if we just minded our own business.

    Yeah, people said the same thing while WWII escalated in Europe. Citizens in the US protested even the IDEA of going to war against Germany and aiding our allies. Eventually we got pulled in anyways and changed the face of history through hardwork and bloodshed. In order to make that happen, they had to imprison anyone who opposed the war, place American citizens of recent foreign decent in camps, instate a draft, and suspend privacy rights.

    Your "most hated" President did ONE of those things.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  28. sandshark

    as soon as Ron Paul said he wanted to disassemble the Dept of Education,the IRS...I said nope...this guys a loon.He would get nothing done.He would have no allies on the right or left.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:18 pm |
  29. Alan Bergelson


    If one considers the “art” of diplomacy, I’d believe the Presidents “show me” response was spot on.. The fact is we're talking and the benefits for both North and South Korea could be extraordinary. One step towards normality is a real plus for all parties. Remember when China and Vietnam were “enemies”? This could happen with Korea. Let's show patience not sabers.

    PS We really enjoy the show.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  30. Corwin

    Dear James,

    If your idea of "protecting this country" is law enforcement officials who attempt to murder unarmed suspects based on an "emotional high" produced allegedly by doing thier jobs.(which by-the-way makes them unfit for said job) then lying about the matter to cover it up. I am certainly glad you are not the person writing law in this country....I never thought I would say this but apparently GWBush DOES make a better president than some american citizens.

    Insulted at your gullibility and stupidity!


    December 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm |
  31. David A. Morse

    Nothing changes just because North Korea responded to President Bush’s letter to Kim Jong Il. This is still the same evil leader who starves his people while he lives as a god. The Lepard has NOT changed its spots.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:29 pm |
  32. Bill in Ohio

    No, nothing has changed. North Korea is still led by a lying egomaniac and so are we.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:35 pm |
  33. Chris Rhodenbaugh

    It is clearly a step in the positive direction that the period of silence between the two countries has been broken. However, President Bush has tried to play this tough guy role he has played with the Middle East once again, instead of commending the communication he came back with another threat?? When are we going to step off this self-constructed pedestal President Bush has created in all of these negotiations?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:37 pm |
  34. Dalton D. White from C-town AZ

    Kim Jong II may be the craziest person to ever get into a position of since Hitler, but look at it this way he runs his country like a business he knows in order to feed his employees “Army” he has to get into the trade world. There is money in terrorism but there is no bigger terrorist group than that of big business. Kim Jong is pulling a magic trick; show them something in your left hand when the real show is in your right. As for Bush I just hope he used spell check.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:40 pm |
  35. Nate

    I'm cautiously optimistic!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm |
  36. Michael Shanklin

    No way! Kim Jong Il will continue to do what he chooses. If we can't find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, how are we going to know if he is coming through with his promises on disabling reactors? At this point we are just helping a communist! It is all politics and I am sick of it! Go Ron Paul!

    December 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm |
  37. Donnald

    All I have heard since this announcement today from the news networks is "Can we trust North Korea?".

    I thin the more appropriate question would be: Can we (North Korea) trust President Bush and his Administration?

    If I were them, I sure as hell wouldn't based on past performances and rumblings.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:48 pm |
  38. Jeff K.

    George Bush communicating with ANY other world leader is a mistake, be it written or spoken words.

    Have you listened to his speeches? He can't give a speech without saying "uh" at least 15 times in 10 minutes, and those speeches are already written for him by someone else.

    They let him talk on his own in India, we get mangoes and they get nuclear technology.

    He looks in Putin's eyes and sees a "kind and gentle soul". Enough said about that one.

    Now he is corresponding with Kim Jong Ill? Terrific... Before it's over, Bush will agree to de-nuclearize the United States in order to be able to say he finally did something good for the world in his Presidency by getting "the nukes" out of N. Korea. God knows he's gotten EVERYTHING wrong so far in his 6 year "reign", why should this be any different?

    December 14, 2007 at 5:53 pm |
  39. Charlie, San Antonio

    It's a great positive step. Not talking and name calling is for high school cheer leaders. Talking out differences is for heads of state.

    December 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm |
  40. Chris

    Yes, it shows that if the president is willing to engage in personal diplomacy, then dialogue can be reached, and doors can possilby be opened. Is Kim Jong Il still a horrible dictator? Yes, absolutely. But as long as our principles are mantained, we don't capitulate, but move in equal step with both sides proofing commited action, then we can make gains. I just wish President Bush had thought to try such inroads with Sadam Hussein...

    December 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm |
  41. Omer Murray

    Jack, Perhaps President Bush could use that as an excuse to grant North Korea "most favored nations" trading status. Afterall, we are having troulbe with the products we are getting from China and there are all those idle hands in North Korean prison camps.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:03 pm |
  42. Cody Weber, Phx, AZ

    Whats this!!! diplomacy?

    Eh. Why not try something new and different. I've been expecting that they would be our next target seeing as the NIE report made it so that bush couldn't go into Iran any time soon.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm |
  43. Rich, McKinney Texas

    Well two things change. One is now the U.S. will release North Korean funds that it illegaly seized in the first place and two Kim knows now how to get around that issue in the future. This of course also places the U.S. at the top of his hit list when Kim now goes out and buys the plutonium he needs with that money to make a nuclear warhead. Remember Jack, Kim only has to be right ONCE to kill millions of people with a nuclear weapon. He gets to pick the place and time and they will fit in a fairly small suitcase.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:11 pm |
  44. Thom


    Even if there was goodwill coming from N. Korea, it certainly was tossed the minute our "smirky" president got on the tube. I will be so glad when 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!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:18 pm |
  45. Tom Bulger

    Although they both speak the same language, no meaningful benefit will come of them talking because they both seem to define humanity as, "canon fodder."

    "War presidents."

    December 14, 2007 at 6:18 pm |
  46. jerry

    kim jong ll may have received a letter from bushwacker, but the nuclear build up will continue because jong does not cater to the west nor will the north koreans ever give up what they obviously feel protects them from the u.s. jong knows that as soon as he relinquishes his nuclear power, bush will attack him and put him on trial as bush did to suddam. maybe jong and bush can become pen-pals from the depths of gauntanimo (sp?).

    December 14, 2007 at 6:19 pm |
  47. Jerry, Greenwell Springs, La

    After reading the irate comments about Bush in this comment section, I can see why a lot of people refer to CNN as the Communist News Network!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm |
  48. Don Smith

    What's the problem with Bush? Kim Jong Il didn't answer his letter. One of the negotiators at the 6 party talks assured everyone that Bush could keep his shirt on while the dismantling work goes ahead on schedule. Bush has no conception of what a flake he is, does he? The agreement was reached months ago!

    December 14, 2007 at 6:21 pm |
  49. Byron Diehl

    Let's hope North Korea will give up it's nuclear aspirations. It does not hurt to try'.
    The more pertinent question for us is "what are 30,000 U.S. troops doing in South
    Korea?" Where is the plan to bring them home and put them on our border?

    December 14, 2007 at 6:22 pm |
  50. Carry Anymore

    I'm not sure if I were Il Sung if I would want the attention from George. His national relations are a cycle of violence. The American people should be allowed to trade with him immediately. So what he gets fatter. So what he builds weapons. Lots of companies will make money on that too. But we can build a strong defense, stop any nuke at our boarders in the air, land, and sea. We can whack him from our new home on Mars if he destroys our beautiful planet. We can defend ourselves if our government will let us!

    The owning and possession of nuclear weapons is nothing more than the plot for mass murder. There should be a plan for a superior weapon. Escape.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:24 pm |
  51. B-Rad

    I can't believe there are people out there who act like Bush is the bad guy here. Kim has been threatening us before Bush arrived on the scene, remember the Clinton years? And yes, North Korea IS a real threat, Rickey, just ask Japan what it was like to have a warhead lobbed over your head.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm |
  52. Carl in CT


    Hmmm... so this question comes down to do I trust Bush or Kim Jong Il more?

    My answer: C, none of the above!

    –Carl in CT

    December 14, 2007 at 6:30 pm |
  53. warren carson

    Bush never ceases to amaze. His rhetoric unleashed military threat fear in the "Axis of Evil" countries, added to it by invading Iraq on false information, and was finally dragged kicking and screaming to the six party talks with N. Korea. In the mean-time, N. K. accelerated their nuclear program. Now he is suddenly trying the "buddy/buddy" approach with a mad-man? Clinton had made progress until "W" screwed it up. That was seven years ago. The end of 2008 can not come soon enough.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:36 pm |
  54. Jerry

    Jack, North Korea hasn't changed in well over 50 years. They would not agree to an end to the Korean War in the 50's. They would not give us back the USS Pueblo in the 60's . . . or since . . . etc., etc., etc. They're still here and still the same. They have ignored, won out, or at the very 'least' forced the U.S. into a 'draw' in each and every action and reaction which has taken place. We wrote Kim . . . he wrote back, (If 'you' will) "Practice what you preace." Boy! What 'firm ground' to be bragging about 'new diplomacy on!? Get our captured US Navy surveilance ship back and out of that North Korean amusement park . . . formally end the Korean War . . . and 'then' deal with Kim.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:45 pm |
  55. Aware

    What's going on!? What did we promise to N. Korea that we don't know about. This administration and White house political game always has been fishy.

    December 14, 2007 at 6:47 pm |
  56. Petrol

    Wow, Team America actually exists!

    Petrol, Barrow, AK

    December 14, 2007 at 6:54 pm |
  57. Matt

    I wonder if Republicans will criticize Mr. Bush for talking with our enemies, just as they have criticized Democrats for suggesting we do the same with Iran. Nah, they'll find a way to spin it.

    December 14, 2007 at 7:39 pm |
  58. Tom Thatcher

    I dont think anything has changed, bush as always is fooling us americans. You can be sure there is something being passed under the table to our nutty leader. He for sure has sold us out again.

    December 14, 2007 at 8:18 pm |
  59. Greg Goodale

    Warren Carson,

    Your comment proves that you are no intellectual. To state that Clinton made progress and W screwed it up, shows that you are a partisan, and not a "thinker" or someone who puts facts before partisanship.

    Missle negotiations failed under the Clinton Administration. Whether it was due to Clinton's main focus on the Middle East Peace talks or the failure of Pyongyang to commit to certain items of a missle agreement prior to a Clinton visit, either way, negotiations failed and nothing was accomplished.

    It was Bush who insisted on the six party talks. He opposed bilateral talks, which Pyongyang wanted. And the six party talks have made much progress. Pyongyang has agreed to end its nuclear program in exchange for aid and diplomatic concessions and it started to disable the Yongbyon plant by removing eight-thousand fuel rods from the nuclear reactor under the guidance of U.S. experts. North Korea is due to provide the other parties of the "talks" with a full list of its nuclear facilities, materials, and programmes—both plutonium and uranium—and allow its Yongbyon reactor to be disabled by December 31, 2007.

    Whether Pyongyang keeps its word, is another story, but it is clear from history, that the Clinton approach failed, whereas the Bush approach, at least as it currently appears, is making progress. History will be the judge.

    December 14, 2007 at 8:23 pm |
  60. Ruby Coria

    Jack, I love the show and your new Blog. but this is for Jerry Greenwell in Springs La. Am I missing something on CNN?, that makes you say it's the "Communist News Network" Why because us the viewers of CNN aren't stuck in a FOX hole?, or stuck in a MeSs aNd we See or beacuse Bush stinks and we say it! Oh and by the way Bush should've hand deliver it, then maybe something would change.

    December 14, 2007 at 8:24 pm |
  61. waltie g.


    So.... Are we all supposed to start to believe "King George" now? Has anyone seen this return letter, let alone, has anyone seen the letter that "King George" sent to N. Korea? Right..... I have not, and have not seen it anywhere on line, nor in the news either. More crapola from the deptartment of lies on 1600 Penn AVe. All I remember is WMD in Iraq, that never was. Lies, more lies, more half truths and more cover-ups.....
    This looks to me that our despot "King", thinks we are all a bunch of village idiots outside the beltway!!

    December 14, 2007 at 8:51 pm |
  62. Joseph Moudarri

    This stratagy will work because in order to get more you must first give more. no surprise here, a stroke goes a long way to a egotistical person.
    perhaps this may have saved thousands of lives if the same was done prior to this nation building mission in Iraq.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:02 pm |
  63. Manny Wittmann


    As a foreign national, I am really surprised that in spite the hate campaign which began right after the elections 2000, where forums like yours where a playground for Bush hate mongers giving the impression that they represented the US people, he was reelected with a popular vote majority !!

    I would advise some people to read the British press attacks of Winston Churchill, when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Munich after selling the Sudetes to the Nazis, posauning that Hitler was not so bad and could be subdued by negotiations Of course, I realize that the majority of your contributors never heard of Neville Chamberlain, Sudetes, Munich conference etc., and have only a vague notion of Churchill and WW2.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:10 pm |
  64. Manny Wittmann

    Are you serious, Jack ??

    You counsel moderation, and allow people to insult the president calling him an idiot bad as Kim or Sadam ??

    Your response clarify all my remaining doubts !!

    December 14, 2007 at 9:15 pm |
  65. Chris

    The report that Iran ceased its nuclear programs didn't change anything in President Bush's eyes. Whether or not these letters change anything depends on if Bush and his friends decide they want to invade North Korea. At the moment, it looks like they don't, but if, God forbid, the Koreans strike vast oil reserves, watch out!

    Also, Jack– thanks for being one of the only newsmen around who tells it straight and forcefully rejects nonsense, spin, and junk news when he sees it. You're an American hero.

    December 14, 2007 at 9:54 pm |
  66. Ann

    CNN – Do you ever hear from intelligent individuals in these comments?

    December 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm |
  67. Grey

    Any review of Clinton's National Security Strategies shows that every few years NK would promise to halt its nuclear programs, and then every couple years all the promises were broken. If NK follows through this time, it will be an amazing achievement by the Bush administration.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:10 am |
  68. Louise

    When are you going to get your own show? You are the most trustworthy source in the mainstream and actually, I was interested in how you like your coffee. 😉

    December 15, 2007 at 12:12 am |
  69. Harry G in Michigan


    Just read all the responses on your blog and am convinced you could do a standup routine with your own writers ,us (writers strike)and blow Letterman and Jeno out of the water .What was the question again?

    December 15, 2007 at 12:16 am |
  70. Nina Tyler, Maynard, Arkansas

    Mr. Caferty.
    I am really going to enjoy this blog.
    the things that this president and congress leaves me mad and speechless. I annot wait until 2008 when I write in "none of the above.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:23 am |
  71. Julie

    Well Kim Jong Il proved as most asians are to be a great gambler. He is a master chicken player and won more than he every won with Clinton in the 1994 Agreed Framework.

    We hae to remember these nuclear weapons did not exist before Bush, that the reactors were mothballed and under IAEA control and inspection. That the Japanese/S Korean Kedo project to be delivered in 2003 and 2004 for two Light Water Reactors had not broken gorund yet in 2002 when the US accused them of having a program. The response from the DPRK was not an affirmation of a program, just a statement of rights to have one.

    when Bush came to office the hardliners wanted confrontation, Bush stopped shipments of heavy fuel oil, threatened them by including them in the Axis of Evil a violation of the 1994 Agreement.

    Kim jong Il wanted 4 things 1) securty agreement 2) bilateral talks 3) aid 4) diplomatic ties. When the Bush adminstration failed to use diplomacy and used tough talk he upped the ante making a real nuclear pogram.

    In the end Kim Jong Il got everything he wished and then some including bilateral talks. The six party talks never worked. Kim Jong Il won. The next part of the series is that Kim Jong Il wil declare his right to civlian power.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:34 am |
  72. Shawna

    Bush can write? Are you sure?

    December 15, 2007 at 1:58 am |
  73. Andrew


    At some point, NK reaches a tipping point in terms of famine and the general lack of well being of its population. That time is long past. KJI may be an utter loon, a la Qaddafi, but he may also be starting to understand that personality cults can only do so much to cover a country's failure to thrive. And as the rest of the world becomes better connected and more interdependent, NK's isolation becomes all the more damaging and more difficult to maintain.

    Besides, are we really scared of them? Honestly.

    From our side, it's another country which will require investment, and will provide a quick return: Infrastructure, cheap labor and factories for export, consumer goods, etc. 23 million new consumers of Marlboro, Coke and McDonald's.

    December 15, 2007 at 6:31 am |
  74. Hubie Nelson

    Jack so Bush wrote a letter to Kim Jong II.
    How in the world can George Bush tell every other nation
    now to run their country? He is not taking care of everybody here in America.
    Millions without insurance, homeless, veterans not taking care of, housing market falling falling apart and on and on.

    Bush so busy looking at all the othe heads of states he's forgot what he suppose to be doing or he ever knew what his job is.

    Somebody need to send him a letter and maybe he wouldn't be to proud to get someone to read it to him.

    Olive Branch MS

    December 15, 2007 at 6:36 am |
  75. Paul Conley

    It is only common sense to talk to your enemies as well as your friends.
    There is no question that North Korea will comply as long as it is in their
    best interest but isn't that what every country does? The mark of a leader
    and statesman is to work with that in mind.

    December 15, 2007 at 8:37 am |
  76. david

    North Korea has always said one thing, and done another. Bush can pat himself on the back all he wants to, but the bottom line is...if N. Korea had stuck to the prior agreements, we wouldn't be discussing this now. Everyone dismissed Kim Jong as an idiot...until he produced nukes. I hope there's no one walking away thinking that they won. Better treat this guy with kid gloves and keep the thumb on him.

    December 15, 2007 at 9:54 am |
  77. Jacqueline

    This question is a side bar issue and can only serve to obscure and distract from the more pertinent issues facing us as a country. Last Tuesday, a Senate Hearing exposed details about the Guantanamo detainees I was shocked and horrified to learn such as they majority was turned over to the US forces from a "Wanted Poster" advertising to pay for al qaeda and taliban and payment for those turned in. BOUNTIES? The large question about "torture" may be WHO have we been torturing and how did we gather them. The transcript of the testimony is on the Senate Judiciary's Web site (Legal Rights of Guantanamo Detainees).

    December 15, 2007 at 11:22 am |
  78. Jenny, paxton MA

    first of all, what do you people know about north korea? from your textbooks where Columbus and other slave-whipping butchers are depicted as heroes? from the mainstream media that have been cheering on the war on Iraq? from your fathers and grandfathers who dropped nuclear bombs in japan and still are proud of their actions? from your government that has been threatening to nuke any and every nation that doesn't tow its agenda for world domination? go read real books about the history of the US-Korea relationship before you expose your ignorant bigoted arrogance in a public forum.

    you people richly deserve Bush and Cheney as your leaders. when they are tried, as they will, by the international community for their crimes against humanity as hitler did after WWII, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT CLAIMING "I WASN'T AWARE OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING IN IRAQ AND AROUND THE WORLD! I AM AN INNOCENT CIVILIAN!." no fool outside the US buys that non-sense.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm |
  79. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    Bush does not make friends; he buys them. What is the US "end of the bargain"?
    I don't think Bush could flush a toilet without getting at least one foot wet so I find no comfort in his negotiations since the pressure came mostly from China. That spells trade advantage to me.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:54 pm |
  80. jim

    Jack Im 64, seen a lot, military during vietnam, a career in law in forcement. I have watched our country go from a debating country to a very angry counyrt, we seen to be feeding off each other . Just take a ride in your car and see how many angry faces you see. I am very concerned about our country, it used to be an honorable thing to be patriotic, but now you are looked on with distane. we seem to be self destructing. Our children spend there time playing violet compuer game, listing to vulgar and disrespectfuf music, shooting each other on a regular basis, like they are tryin to one up each other. If there is a higher power I would hope the he or she would intervene soon. We can blame bush or we can blame clinton, we better stop looking to blame and start fixing our problems. Yes I ramble but I am just concerned about our country. Jack you are in a position where you can make a difference simply by speaking the truth . Thanks jim

    December 15, 2007 at 1:09 pm |
  81. Asutosh

    To David Cissner,San Bernardino,CA.:
    That's right. The world would be a lot more safe if we minded our own business. It's just that a few buildings here and there would be blown up by fanatics baying for your blood. As for who first started it all, it would be better avoided because then it would become a question of which came first, the chicken or egg. Good luck trying to win that argument.

    December 15, 2007 at 2:02 pm |
  82. Jerry, SC

    Bush is an idiot And always will . The "letter" he supposedly was probably written by someone else .Bush doesn't even know how to say diplomacy let alone spell it.Personally I wouldn't belie ve anything either one of them said.W could screw up atwo car funeral...the country will be better of when he leaves office.

    December 15, 2007 at 2:40 pm |
  83. Phil in TN

    Bush must have had "diplomacy" as his "word of the day". It is amazing what happens when you have dialogue with an enemy that does not include threats. While I am really impressed (finally, after 7 years), one criminal talking to another criminal doesn't provide me much hope.

    December 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm |
  84. Bob P


    Now Bu$h wants to add another despot to the long list of unfair trade partners!

    For God's sake will an American politician who works for Americans please stand up? ----And,, who left Bush in charge of setting up trade deals,, that dimwit only made money in business when the Saudis bought out his failing oil company in Texas for more than it was worth. See folks, there's more than a few ways to grease your buddies and get political influence.


    December 15, 2007 at 5:01 pm |
  85. Steve in Antioch

    Crayola's stock will be going up for sure.

    December 15, 2007 at 5:34 pm |
  86. burnham scott

    I hope that there were no spelling mistakes in Bush's letter. We can't have any misunderstandings about NUKLAR.

    December 15, 2007 at 7:26 pm |
  87. Richard

    Clinton gave him what he wanted now Bush has done the same. NO ONE SHOULD GIVE HIM ANY THING !!!!!!!

    December 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm |
  88. Jeff


    Can't we get this guy out of office BEFORE THE SHIP completely sinks?

    Next time ...let's nominate a president with a pay range of $25 to 100K per Yr!
    So we can benefit from what is truely needed in this country!..

    And not let the wealthy ..like... Bush jr... treat the American people like:

    Disgusted army veteran! ..who tried to make America a better place!

    December 15, 2007 at 10:06 pm |
  89. robert

    who cares we'reall screwwed anyway

    December 15, 2007 at 11:14 pm |
  90. rob

    Communist North Korea, played Jimmy Carter like the fool he is. George Bush, with the precidents of the past, should show greater caution, so that he does not follow in a line up of fools. America is too short sighted, thinking only of today. Trying to get the North Korean's to do what we would like them to do is one thing, but what they are really up to is the real question?

    And as for Bill Clinton, selling us out to the Chinesse hasn't been a deterent for strength in the Pacific, regardless of whether y2k gave Bill Clinton any real reason to pretend he had a successful presidency! Re-imagining history will never be a clinton legacy ...

    December 16, 2007 at 12:59 am |
  91. David

    When dealing with a dictator and regime as mercurial, reckless and just plain nuts as Kim Jong Il and his gang tact and protocal are essential in preventing situations from getting out of control. North Korea behaving rationally, however, is only half the story. The other part is perhaps that our own Yokel-in-Chief may finally have learned to act like a President himself.

    December 16, 2007 at 2:20 pm |
  92. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You bet there will be a change, but what is the trade off here? With Bush's legacy at risk and weakness in Bush's diplomacy, Americans needs to be very concerned. Diplomacy is great, but a trade off to change one's legacy can prove to be very dangerous.

    December 16, 2007 at 3:48 pm |
  93. Sean Halpin

    For anyone who does not take North Korea's nuclear threat seriously I would suggest researching Kim Jong-il's personal involvement in the espionage campaigns North Korea was engaged in the 1980s of which Kim Jong-il played a major role. Although I think diplomacy is a vital essence to establishing peace and stability let us not forget that our virtues cannot be compromised. It takes two to cooperate and one needs to lead in example. Reaching a settlement with North Korea cannot be confused with appeasement. Never should the two be confused because both countries should be willing to make concessions on behalf of the security and welfare of the world. North Korea needs to ensure that it does not support terrorist organizations as a prerequisite to talks; making the assumption that every country is virtuous and pragmatic is a big assumption to make. Let countries demostrate first their willingness to cooperate and then talks should procede after such actions are made by trading representatives. Bush's reaching out to Kim jong-il should not be mistaken as a mislead of faith but rather it should be understood as a preliminary measure to serious taljs being discussed between the two countries. Although Bush's recent conduct seems to convey serious intentions of reaching a settlement a reciprocal response is necessary from North Korea for such talks to be taken seriously. Cooperation is a two way street.

    December 16, 2007 at 6:55 pm |
  94. Andrew

    This demonstrates to other asian nations, especially south korea, that the united states can employ other weapons besides guns and men.

    December 17, 2007 at 1:12 pm |
  95. Paul

    Transparency is a great beginning. The interesting part will be how No. Korea works with the US's new administration to continue the progress that they state is in their best interest. Or will they use this to reposition themselves to create another opportunity to rebel again.

    December 17, 2007 at 5:01 pm |
  96. Ajay Jain


    The "critical juncture" in North Korean politics is not nuclear anymore because by giving the AXIS-OF-EVIL State of the Union address our esteemed "President" Bush pushed North Korea into exploding the nuclear bomb and proving deterrence unlike Saddam Hussein! Thanks President Bush for undoing Bill Clinton's hard work, heavy lifting you can never do.

    The "critical juncture" is now Dubya's legacy that he is looking for in every corner of the world in his last year!!! Middle East! Maybe the Palestine State!! Who better can create the state: a weak US President, a weak Israel Prime Minister, and a weak Arab proped up leader Abbas Abu Mazam!!

    Maybe PEACE with North Korea! Dubya might as well leave the US with problems in weak agreements. After all we have Dr Rice an ace diplomat who shuttling burning jet oil to save Dubya's legacy!!! Foreign Policy!!!

    In trying to CREATE a legacy Bush 43 might leave a mess form 44 to clean or even longer.

    The CLINTONS are coming! We need Hillary44 in 2009.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 21, 2007 at 12:06 am |
  97. Dan

    She's right Jack.Your country needs experience asap. Barak should be vice president for your excitement if thats what you need. Between Bush and Obama there's Hilary and the best adviser Bill Clinton. Remember Jack most of you were for the Irak war don;t blame her for her vote on Irak

    January 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  98. Ibaz

    If opponents of doelveping new warheads are saying that the existing stockpile can be maintained indefinitely, that\'s not correct. Plutonium is radioactive, and it deteriorates. Eventually the warheads won\'t go boom anymore. As far as I can tell, the U.S. stopped producing new nukes after the Cold War. It stands to reason that unless we keep building new warheads, eventually we won\'t have any.Personally, that\'s fine by me. But if we want to not have nuclear weapons, we should say so. We shouldn\'t be going around with a bunch of duds. Otherwise some president is going to think and act like he has world destroying power under his sleeve, and as soon as other countries realize that our nuclear arsenal actually won\'t work they will test us to the limit. The worst possible position to be in pointing what you think is a loaded gun at someone, when that person knows that it is really empty.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm |