March 14, 2013
March-14-13 11:36 AM
- It was the Clinton administration that was the one that had to realize North
Korea was developing weapons.
- It was unlikely that they were willing to allow North Korea to create weapons.
○ The hope of Clinton was to give North Korea something so beneficial to
them that they would stop developing dangerous weapons, and it was
○ In a very carefully crafted agreement, the U.S., with the support of South
Korea and Japan, agreed to provide North Korea with two nuclear reactors
that could only create energy.
In exchange, North Korea would freeze their efforts for nuclear
weapons and allow for inspectors. However, it did not have to
destroy/dismantle its existing weapons.
North Korea did not act as quickly as some in the Bush administration
would have liked.
○ The U.S. did not deliver on the reactors that they had promised.
○ North Korea thought that the U.S. cheated because it did in fact stop its
program and got nothing for it.
Iraq Invasion (Clinton and Bush)
- Clinton also believed Iraq had weapons… not just Bush.
- Hussein kicked out inspectors, and it was a mystery as to why that occurred.
○ The U.S. planted agents.
○ Clinton administration was never satisfied with Hussein's efforts.
- It's even possible that the Clinton administration would have done something
- In 1998, U.S. troops bombed Iraq.
- The terrorist threat in the U.S. grew throughout the Clinton administration - The terrorist threat in the U.S. grew throughout the Clinton administration
beginning with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York.
○ Al-Qaeda was responsible for the WTC bombing.
- In 1998, al-Qaeda, under Osama bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and several others
issued a fatwa (religious ruling) against the U.S.
- A number of terrorist attacks took place in the United States following the fatwa.
○ In 1998: U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were attacked.
Intensive investigations occurred.
Clinton administration believed al-Qaeda were responsible for this
and that they were now working out of Sudan.
Sudan invited UN inspectors into its countries, who found no signs of
chemical weapons production…
○ In October 2000, American naval vessel USS Cole was attacked in
Yemeni port, killing 17 U.S. soldiers.
A week later