Now that Bill Clinton has helped bring journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling home safely from North Korea, prominent politicos are speaking out against the way the release was handled. Appearing on Fox News today, former Clinton adviser Dick Morris argued that negotiating with North Korea gives the rogue state "an opportunity to rehabilitate its image globally simply to get two reporters out of jail."
Former UN ambassador John Bolton makes a similar argument that the trip is a "propaganda victory for North Korea," claiming that involving dignitaries like Clinton could create more danger to Americans in the future.
So what should we do with the journalists, just leave them there? Pretty much, says Morris: "What were they doing in North Korea in the first place?" Well, here's what I think.
I would argue that by being on the ground in a rogue nation, journalists advance our knowledge about what's really going on there. But Morris doesn't think it's worth the damage to American diplomacy to get them out: "Maybe they don't come home. Maybe they go to North Korea and they live with the consequences."
I really don't think that by having Clinton visit North Korea, we have given the country an opportunity for an image makeover. If anything, the event just draws more attention to the reasons why we should be wary of the nation. Do you think that the cost of having Clinton bring the journalists home outweighs the benefits?