President George W. Bush says it will be about
years before historians can properly evaluate his legacy. Of course, that’s
not true; some historians already know what Bush’s legacy will likely be: the
deliberate destruction of the existing international nuclear-weapons proliferation-prevention
But it is slightly comforting, isn’t it, knowing that God apparently
hasn’t told Bush to precipitate Armageddon before leaving office.
According to recent reports by Mainstream Media Persons – who apparently reformat
their hard-drives each night before retiring – Bush and Condi-baby are hanging
their legacy hopes on the "successful" outcome of the present Six-Party
(China, Russia, Japan, United States, South and North Korea) Talks.
"If North Korea continues to make the right choices it can repair its relationship
with the international community."
And what would amount to North Korea making the "right choices"?
Well, for one thing, those Dirty Commies could "admit" that Bush
was right to charge
them in the fall of 2002 with having a "secret enriched-uranium based
nuclear weapons program."
You see, way back in 1992, North Korea threatened to withdraw from the Treaty
on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, largely because of disputes with
the International Atomic Energy Agency about the quantities of materials to
be "declared" under the Safeguards Agreement North Korea was required
to conclude with the IAEA as a condition of being a no-nuke-yet signatory to
That would never do, since at the time President Clinton was hell-bent on building
his intended legacy, getting every nation – including India, Pakistan
and Israel – to (a) become a NPT signatory and (b) sign and ratify the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty.
Hence, the Clinton-negotiated Agreed
Framework of 1994, under which North Korea agreed to not only remain a NPT-signatory,
but to "freeze" its plutonium-producing reactors and related facilities and
to "eventually dismantle these reactors and related facilities," all subject
to IAEA oversight, of course.
What did the DPRK get in return?
"The US will provide formal assurances to the DPRK, against the threat or use of nuclear weapons by the U.S."
"The two sides will move toward full normalization of political and economic relations."
But Bush the Younger became President and almost immediately repudiated
Clinton’s efforts to implement the Agreed Framework, telling South Korea’s president
and North Korean emissaries he had no intentions of "normalizing" relations
with North Korea.
And, in his first State
of the Union Address, Bush essentially accused North Korea, Iran and Iraq
of having clandestine nuclear weapons programs.
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.
"I will not wait on events, while dangers gather. I will not stand by, as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."
But – at that time – North Korea, Iran and Iraq were NPT signatories and had
their "declared" nuclear facilities subject to IAEA periodic inspection. Furthermore,
both Iraq and North Korea were subject to additional stringent IAEA surveillance.
Obviously, if Bush was to advance the American
Hegemony, to impose regime change on Iraq, Iran and North Korea, on the
false pretext they had nukes, the IAEA nuke proliferation-prevention regime
had to be discredited or superseded.
So, in October 2002, months after we now know Bush had already
decided to launch a war with Iraq, Bush unilaterally abrogated
the Agreed Framework, charging that North Korea had a secret enriched-uranium
Then, Bush announced his own National
Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction in late 2002 and developed
from it the Proliferation
Security Initiative of 2003, whose objective was to create a web of international
"counter-proliferation partnerships" to prevent "proliferators" from "carrying
out their trade in WMD and missile-related technology."
According to Bonkers
Bolton – then Undersecretary of State for Non-Proliferation – the PSI was
necessary because "proliferators and those facilitating the procurement of deadly
capabilities are circumventing existing laws, treaties and controls against
WMD proliferation." Unlike the existing UN nuke proliferation-prevention regime,
"PSI is not diverted by disputes about candidacies for director general, agency
budgets, agendas for meetings and the like."
By then, of course, North Korea had already withdrawn from the NPT – which
rendered their IAEA Safeguards Agreement null and void – and was busily producing
weapons-grade plutonium in their Soviet-built 20 MWt research reactor.
Soon the North Koreans tested – at
least semi-successfully – a plutonium-based
Alarmed that Bush might launch another war of aggression, this time against
their neighbor, North Korea, which might once again – as it did in 1950 – involve
them, the Chinese and Russians got Bush to participate in the so-called Six-Party
talks, with the objective of a negotiated peace settlement for the Korean
You see, in 1948, China had officially become the People’s Republic of China.
But the United States refused to recognize the PRC; refused to allow them to
take China veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council. In protest, the Soviet
Union was boycotting the UN Security Council. Hence, neither the PRC or Soviet
Union were able to veto President Truman’s UN "police action."
However, PRC and Soviet "volunteers" were able to force us
into a military stalemate in 1953 at the 38th Parallel, which was
the North-South boundary agreed to by Truman and Stalin at Potsdam in 1945.
The resulting armistice – which is now in its 55th year – is actually
a negotiated ceasefire between the Commander of UN forces and the Commanders
of the North Korean and Chinese forces.
The Fifth Round of the Six-Party talks concluded last year with all
parties agreeing, inter alia, to what amounts to a "side-bar."
"The DPRK and the U.S. will start bilateral talks aimed at resolving bilateral
issues and moving toward full diplomatic relations."
So, are we back to where Clinton had us with the US-DPRK Agreed Framework of 1994?
Well, not quite;
For one thing, North Korea's neighbors – Russia and China – are much more powerful,
economically and militarily, than they were in 1994. Furthermore, they will
effectively be acting as guarantors that neither North Korea or the U.S. can
unilaterally abrogate the associated U.S.-DPRK bilateral agreements.
Finally, Article IV of the Agreed Framework says,
"Both sides will work together to strengthen the international nuclear
[weapons] non-proliferation regime."
Now, what was it that Bush’s Legacy will likely be?
Oh, yes – the deliberate destruction of the existing international nuclear-weapons