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Video of Dick Morris on Fox News Arguing That Clinton's Freeing of Journalists Does More Harm Than Good in North Korea

Dick Morris: Clinton's Deed Comes at Too High a Cost

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?

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genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Ask the families of those journalists if it was a bad move.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I think, if anything, that Clinton's presence brought more bad attention to NK than it was previously getting in the media.His prescence made this a news STORY. All in all, I think Clinton was brilliant, and is an asset to our country. I hope to see that he and Hilary "tag teamed" NK, he soothed them to get what we want, and she'll continue to rip them! ;)
laceykk23 laceykk23 8 years
i cant stand that steve douchebag(lol)guy! yeah i agree with others if DICK morris happens to wander into N.Korea hmmm 'maybe he doesnt come home' fox news would be without another of their talking heads parroting RNC talking points.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I hope he never sets foot in North Korea...
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
That clip and everyone in it was such a joke. In no way was North Korea's image "rehabilitated" or improved by Clinton's visit. To imply that is just beyond ridiculous.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
"negotiating with North Korea gives the rogue state "an opportunity to rehabilitate its image globally simply to get two reporters out of jail." Sure the can ask for an opportunity but who says Western nations, Russia and Japan are going to give it to them. The one's who would give it to them give it to them regardless. Morris need to pipe down.
janneth janneth 8 years
"Maybe they don't come home." Yikes. Send Mr. Morris to N Korea. Just a photo op for Clinton/Gore/Clinton? What a typical Fox Noise talking head.
Phil Phil 8 years
Clinton's [successful] extraction of Euna Lee and Laura Ling pretty much proves that the majority democrats and the Obama administration are a bunch of communist socialist fascist anarchist existentialist tyrants who were born in Kenya. The Obama administration can't do anything right even if they do because Obama is nothing but the Chinese taking our jobs and capping and taxing the air we breath out into our free-market Christian society being oppressed by Canadian health care that causes 1 in 5 people to die. And now because of this Al Gore will take photo ops with Osama Bin Laden because we now negotiate with terrorists. 'Fox News-speak' is interesting.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
This makes me laugh. If Sarah Palin or George W. Bush had gone over there instead of Clinton, Fox News would be citing it as evidence that Obama is too soft on our adversaries and that it takes a Republican to handle foreign relations. Regarding the claim that this constitutes "negotiating with terrorists," I would like to point out the time when Reagan, golden child of the GOP, sold weapons to Iran (a country with which, 20 years later, we still don't have diplomatic relations, which was apparently just fine. And on a similar note, the failure to bring home the hostages in Iran was considered one of the major failings of the Carter administration. Now all of a sudden, it's better to just let the "terrorists" keep US hostages, because it's their own fault they were over there to begin with?
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
That's Faux News!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
right on smile --- "we decieve, you believe" !
Smilesp Smilesp 8 years
Negotiation involves give and take. We didn't give North Korea anything and we took our citizens back. I don't think the U.S. compromised or negotiated with North Korea in any way And give me a break, it's Fox "News". That network is a joke.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
We are the United States of America. We're not people who like to watch our own suffer. Granted, we are not perfect, but we're also not completely and totally corrupt, either. We did what was right. It's not okay to take hostages, period. You can't live your life in fear of being taken hostage, too. You can't just not see a country or bring news about a country because of an overwhelming fear that you are not coming back. Clinton did the right thing. We got two of our citizens back. We didn't even imply that we are giving them a chance at making themselves look good. We haven't done that AT ALL. We didn't negotiate with terrorists, we didn't say it's okay to test nukes or whatever they are doing. We just got our people back. They will not be rewarded because they let them go, but I think they will be more frowned upon because they did it to begin with.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
I agree with Tres. The host said "I thought we didn't negotiate with terrorists." What negotiating really went on...?
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