Urbin Report

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Moral Treason from Jimmy Carter
by Harry Binswanger (September 16, 2003)

On Saturdays, neither the NY Sun nor the WSJ is published, so I buy the NY Times. It keeps me from being overly optimistic. Today, on page 4 of the Times, there’s a story entitled "North Korean Standoff Poses ‘Greatest Threat,’ Carter Says." Here’s the lead paragraph:

“Tokyo, Sept. 5 - Former President Jimmy Carter, the man credited with defusing the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, warned here today that the current standoff was the world’s ‘greatest threat.’”


Here’s how I would have written that lead:

“Tokyo, Sept. 5 - Former President Jimmy Carter, the man blamed for the failed 1994 attempt to bribe North Korea away from nuclear bomb development, admitted here today that the current standoff was the world’s ‘greatest threat.’”


A little later, the story said Carter’s 1994 trip “opened the way to the first nuclear agreement with North Korea.” Yeah, and Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 trip to Munich “opened the way to the first territorial agreement with Nazi Germany.”