South Korea Blames Bolton for Blowing Up the Talks

South Korea Blames Bolton for Blowing Up the Talks May 23, 2018

The Washington Post reports that South Korea is blaming John Bolton for blowing up the negotiations with North Korea. Specifically, they blame him for the thing I criticized him about, explicitly mentioning Libya and Gaddafi as the model for denuclearizing North Korea, which was a monumentally stupid thing to say.

But in South Korea, many say the blame for the sudden problems in the diplomatic process lies squarely at the feet of someone else: John Bolton.

“There are several land mines on the way to the summit between North Korea and the U.S.,” said Chung Dong-young, who served as unification minister during the last progressive administration and is now a lawmaker. “One of those land mines just exploded: John Bolton,” Chung told YTN Radio.

Woo Sang-ho, a lawmaker in Moon’s ruling Democratic Party, agreed. “Bolton’s preposterous ‘Libya solution’ is a red light in North Korea’s summit talks with the U.S. and South Korea,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Officials in senior positions in the Moon administration know the American national security adviser’s background well.

But here’s my bet: Bolton did it on purpose. He is probably happy and proud to have blown it all up. Because this is a man who absolutely gets off on starting wars. If he proposed that we start bombing Canada, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. And he isn’t a stupid man at all. He knew when he said that Gaddafi and Libya was the model that it would enrage Kim Jong-Un and cause the reaction it did, just like he knew that violating the Iran agreement would undermine those same negotiations. To him, that’s a feature, not a bug.

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