The DailyKos quotes Hesiod-iot’s comments on North Korea:
1) Why did this news “stun” the administration? Massive intelligence failure there.
Indeed, and as the DailyKos points out, he is willing to overlook it. Of course he is, because the intelligence failure belongs to the PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, run by Clinton/Gore. The NY Times even points out that it is the current administration that DISCOVERED that Clinton, Albright, and Annan were duped, and that it is the BUSH administration who discovered the plot:
Confronted by new American intelligence, North Korea has admitted that it has been conducting a major clandestine nuclear-weapons development program for the past several years, the Bush administration said tonight. Officials added that North Korea had also informed them that it has now “nullified” its 1994 agreement with the United States to freeze all nuclear weapons development activity.
DailyKos apparently is willing to forgive and forget this, as he then states:
However, if the US resorts to intense diplomacy to resolve the situation (as it should), it would beg the question why Iraq is facing a loaded gun instead.
Except he frames the debate BACKWARDS. This is precisely why Saddam is under the gun, rather than appeasing him like Clinton et al. did with North Korea.
But then again, the left has never met a dictator they don’t like, and the headline “Saddam Successfully Develops Nuclear Arsenal” would probably be met with much hand-wringing and similar apologetics for intelligence failures (provided they occur during a Democrat administration).