U.S. DIPLOMATS WASTING TIME WITH ‘CRAZY PEOPLE’ RUNNING NORTH KOREA, SENATOR MCCAIN SAYS

The Washington Times on April 9, 2013, reported that Senator McCain is fed up with the United States for decades having tried diplomacy to deal with North Korea, and Sen. John McCain is fed up with it. Excerpts below:

Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican and Vietnam veteran said such efforts are a waste of time. Anyone who thinks the “crazy people” running North Korea will respond to diplomatic efforts, he added, are misguided.

“These diplomats that continue to believe for the last 30 years that somehow we can sit down across the table and make them see reason. I don’t blame Dennis Rodman, but I certainly blame these people for not learning the lessons of what has happened over and over and over again with North Korea,” Mr. McCain said during an interview on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

“It’s the damndest foolishness and hubris on the part of our diplomatic corps and administrations, Republican and Democrat,” he said.

Mr. McCain singled out Bill Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and governor of New Mexico. Mr. Richardson has made several trips to North Korea in recent years.

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