Yesterday, President Bush announced that his administration was taking North Korea off its list of state-sponsors of terror, as well as easing trade restrictions on them, in exchange for an open dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program. This morning, North Korea destroyed a nuclear tower in “a gesture demonstrating its commitment” to the agreement’s terms.
On his Fox News show last night, right-wing pundit Sean Hannity originally hailed the agreement as “a clear foreign policy victory” for Bush. But Hannity’s guest John Bolton — a fierce advocate for war over negotiations — disagreed, arguing, “I think it’s actually a clear victory for North Korea.”
Hannity promptly attacked the agreement, reversing his position in less than 30 seconds. After first heralding Bush’s “clear victory,” Hannity concluded by declaring himself to be “perplexed” by Bush’s naiveté:
HANNITY: The news today brings a clear foreign policy victory for the Bush administration. But will the press report it that way? Joining us now for analysis, former ambassador to the U.N. and a Fox News contributor, John Bolton. What do you think this means?
BOLTON: I think it’s actually a clear victory for North Korea. They gain enormous political legitimacy…In return, we get precious little. I think this is North Korea demonstrating again that they can out-negotiate the U.S. without raising a sweat.
HANNITY: Boy I tell you they’ve done it time and time again, and I’m sorta perplexed, Mr. Ambassador, to understand why we keep going back to the well knowing that they haven’t kept the agreements in the past. Whatever happened to Reagan’s “trust but verify”?
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Hannity often seeks to curry favor with Bolton. Last December, when the National Intelligence Estimate revealed that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program, Hannity helped Bolton continue to beat the war drums by declaring that the report said nothing new, and that Iran was still as grave a threat.