Euna Lee and Laura Ling

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/world/asia/05korea.html?_r=1&hp

As a fellow journalist, I am very pleased to see former President Bill Clinton, was successful in securing the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling. They were detained and sentence to 12 years hard labor for illegal entry, and crimes against the state. Politically, it was another brilliant move by the Obama administration (Yes, the oval office signed off on the trip), and another excellent move for the Clinton team. Cleverly, the administration did their best to separate the situation of the journalists’ from the ongoing North Korean nuclear crisis.

Politically it’s fun to watch. Bill Clinton shows up,and less than 24 hours later, you see Clinton leaving with Ling and Lee, on a unmarked jet, bound for LA. If you really believe he sat down and negotiated a deal on the spot. You are deluding yourself. Politics does not work like that, you don’t walk in room, without knowing the outcome already. There were obviously a lot of behind the scene negotiations.

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