John McCain took on the Clintons on Tuesday and accused former President Clinton, “of failing to act in the 1990s to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons.” The assault came during a “news conference after a campaign appearance for Republican Senate candidate Mike Bouchard” and was backed up with what appears to be a guest post on right wing blog The Captain’s Quarters.
McCain is rumored to be the GOP frontrunner for ’08. He hit both Hillary and Bill Clinton with his bogus claims. It was like a preview for the ’08 race with Hillary also rumored to make a run for the White House. However, I’m not sure what response was garnered by the Clinton’s but John Kerry, the 2004 presidential nominee and too, a potential 2008 candidate, got into the mix and wasted no time in smacking McCain’s assertions down:
“He must be trying to burnish his credentials for the nomination process,” said Kerry, who labeled McCain’s comments “flat politics and incorrect.”
“The truth is the Clinton administration knew full well they didn’t have a perfect agreement. But at least they were talking. At least we had inspectors going in and we knew where the (nuclear fuel) rods were. This way, we don’t know where the rods are, the rods are gone. There are no inspectors. Ask any American which way is better,” Kerry said.
Kerry was quick to the punch. As the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Asia Subcommittee, Kerry has been very clear that Bush’s North Korea policies are yet another failed effort.