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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Blaming the North Korean crisis on Clinton is convenient but ridiculous

Think Progress:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell lauded what is known as the Agreed Framework that the Clinton Administration signed with North Korea. “Lots of nuclear weapons were not made because of the Agreed Framework and the work of President Clinton and his team,” Powell said. Now, conservatives are faulting President Clinton for selling light water reactors to North Korea under the agreement, but in doing so, they overlook Donald Rumsfeld’s role in the deal.

Rumsfeld was the only American to sit on the board of a company which six years ago sold two light water reactors to North Korea. The Guardian reported in May 2003:
Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defense secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year.
Rumsfeld has never acknowledged that he knew the company was competing for the nuclear contract.
Oh, but surely he did know (the evidence suggests he did). So if right wing hacks are going to try to pin this all on Clinton (as they so often attempt to do) they better tar and feather Rumsfeld (figuratively) as well.

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