Ladies’ Man

Bill Clinton, who has always had a gift for picking up women, has done it again, even if this time he had to travel a bit farther afield.

I’m certainly glad that the two hostages, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have been released, and I suppose it would be churlish of me not to give Mr. Clinton a nod for getting it done — but this has been a most unfortunate episode, and it is something of an embarrassment to see our former president making fawning obeisances, on behalf of the United States of America, to North Korea’s grotesque dictator, who is arguably the world’s most despicable tyrant.

According to reports, Mr. Clinton offered an abject apology for the two women’s “hostile acts”, and conveyed more of the same from Mr. Obama, who seems never to have found a misfortune in this world for which the U.S. is not culpable. Mr. Clinton then gave Mr. Kim his deferential assurance that we Americans yearn as one to join him post-haste at the negotiating table, in order that the lying little jackal may ensnare us, without delay, in further deceptions.

Kind of makes you proud.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    You might be interested in Joshua Stanton’s take.


    Posted August 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Permalink
  2. Charles says

    “Kind of makes you proud.”

    If by “proud” you mean “violently nauseous,” then yes, it does make me proud.

    (Oh, hi, by the way. Back from a long trip to the States…)

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Yes, a worthwhile link there, Kevin. Thanks.

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Very sorry I missed you while you were here, Charles.

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  5. bob koepp says

    On the other hand, why not give the demented leader and his cronies whatever “symbolic gestures” will work to get a couple innocents released as quickly as possible? Nothing “substantive” was traded for their freedom, so what’s to be upset about?

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says


    Yes, as I said I’m glad that the hostages are free. It’s just galling, that’s all, that we should defer so to this vile despot, a vain and ruthless brute who holds an entire nation in abject and penurious captivity.

    That the community of nations tolerates this monster in its midst is appalling. If there were any justice in the world we would have this criminal’s head on a pikestaff.

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  7. bob koepp says

    Malcolm – I don’t think that Clinton “deferred” to the despot so much as “condescended”. Let the despot believe his stature was enhanced, and that the rest of the world is astounded by his merciful self. The rest of the world, and his own suffering subjects, know better.

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  8. Malcolm says

    Well, the facts are simple enough: this narcissistic psychopath took some hostages, and two Presidents of the the most powerful nation on Earth made obsequious public apologies, salaams, and obeisances. This will hardly discourage the man from further presumptions and arrogations.

    Posted August 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

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