Obama Gets Another Unwanted Endorsement

[Update: Well, that didn't take long. Welcome from Little Green Footballs, Michelle Maklin, the Jawa Report, the unlinkable Memeorandum, and my good friend at Gateway Pundit. Regulars here know that I'm completely disgusted with Bush's own appeasement of Kim Jong Il, but while you're here, don't miss the story of Esther Kim, an Obama constituent whose husband was kidnapped and killed by the North Koreans. Obama inspired her Hope, then crushed it with Change.]

The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of  North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain, whom it calls “a variant of Bush” and “nothing better than a scarecrow of neoconservatives,” which is a bit odd considering that the Bush Administration’s giveaway diplomacy is  better for Kim Jong Il than even Clinton’s awful performance

[Update 2:   Original Korean here:     

조선반도와의 관계에서 본다면 부쉬정권의 잘못을 엄하게 비판하고 조선의 지도자와 조건없이 만나겠다고 공언해온 오바마가 《부쉬의 아류》이자 네오콘의 허수아비나 다름없는 매케인보다 낫기는 낫다.  [Chosun Shinbo]

I’m sure someone can improve on this translation:

We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who  would meet the leader of Chosun without pre-conditions, than with the “Bush clone” and scarecrow of the neocons McCain.

Somehow I had neglected to put the World Tribune  link in there before.  I’ve fixed that.]

It’s worth pausing to consider the disturbing rhetorical similarity between the Chosun Sinbo and Daily Kos, although the sheer  incoherence of  Bush’s North Korea policy makes  any  comparison to it questionable. 

Bush’s North Korea policy may be a poor baseline for comparison, but the candidates themselves have  given the North Koreans plenty  to judge them by.  Both Obama and McCain have told us how they’d deal with the North Koreans.  McCain has expressed his  distaste for the latest variation of  Bush’s policy and  emphasized his  willingness to raise uncomfortable topics, including human rights.   Obama has already shown a disappointing lack of consistency in holding North Korea accountable for its intolerable behavior.  If I understand Obama’s policy to consist of direct summit talks, aid, and trying to coax North Korea into opening itself up, that same policy was tried for years,  without success, by the South Koreans, and it’s now being tried without success by President Bush.  If I understand McCain’s policy to consist of tightening sanctions until North Korea verifiably disarms, that was tried briefly by the Bush Administration and showed signs of considerable success until its inexplicable and premature  abandonment.

(Bear in mind that the sanctions the Bush Administration applied for just 17 months were a pale shadow of the power we could potentially apply  but did succeed in driving Kim Jong Il back to the bargaining table.  When we lifted the pressure, the North Koreans resorted to form and balked at full disclosure or disarmament.  And as we’ve since learned, they weren’t dealing in good faith to begin with. The key to any successful negotiation with the North Koreans is showing them that you’re fully capable and prepared to hasten and accept the collapse of the regime as an alternative.)

North Korea’s endorsement  of Obama will  probably draw comparisons to  the unwanted  Hamas endorsement of Obama. Hamas withdrew the endorsement after Obama spoke  at AIPAC’s convention.  Fidel Castro, by contrast, took a more sophisticated and self-aware approach:

[O]n Monday  [Castro] gave Senator Barack Obama an endorsement of sorts, calling him “the most progressive candidate to the U.S. presidency” while also berating him for his plan to continue the trade embargo against Cuba. “Were I to defend him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favor,” Mr. Castro said. “I have therefore no reservations about criticizing him.   [N.Y. Times, The Caucus]  

Which Castro then proceeded to do, on Obama’s stated  support for  trade sanctions during a campaign speech  to Cuban exiles in Miami.

The Republicans’ efforts to capitalize on the Hamas endorsement made me  slightly squeamish, because  there are separate issues here that shouldn’t  be mixed.  It isn’t fair for anyone to imply, based on an unwanted endorsement, that a candidate in any way supports the endorsing entity’s  ideology or actions.  It is fair to ask whether the endorsement suggests that the endorsing entity knows something about the candidate.  Why would Hamas or Kim Jong Il  both believe that if Obama is elected, his policies would mean boom times for evildoers?   Are they wrong? 

Finally, as with Ron Paul’s  refusal to return contributions  from  white supremacists, it’s reasonable to demand that a candidate  unambiguously disavow the endorsement and denounce the endorser.  In the case of Hamas, Obama rightly did this.  Given that North Korea’s human rights atrocities are as repellent as any since the Khmer Rouge was driven from  Phnom Penh  30 years ago, Obama has both the duty  to  speak out  about the evils happening in North Korea today and an opportunity to refute those who say he would merely appease tyrants. 

Update 3:   Now I’m been linked by the Hillary Clinton forum:

One of the reasons he supports Obama is that he knows he’s a fool and Obama flip flopped on removing N. Korea (de-listing) from the terrorist nation list. He NOW says he would remove them even though they haven’t divulged the whereabouts of Rev. Kim (a legal US citizen living in N. Korea). See my post about compiling a list of Obama’s broken promises.

This needs to be blogged and sent everywhere!! Obama is a very dangerous man! Fearing him is not paranoia. It is rational thought!

Update 4:   Thanks to Ace,  Neal Boortz, and the Freepers for linking. 

And we have dredged a swamp.  Pandagon, which will forever be remembered  (by most of those who do at all, at least)  as  an embarrassment to the John Edwards campaign, offers a characteristically incoherent and foul rant.  Your thirteen minutes are over, ladies.  I can say “ladies,” can’t I?   See your doctor if any of that seems coherent to you.   I didn’t think we could set a lower bar, but Kos diarist “Gramarye” links with this fatwa  calling for prayers for Michelle Malkin’s death.  No, seriously:

According to her blog,

Take me now, Lord. My life as a blogger is complete.

[....]  

So let’s all help Michelle’s request along and say a little prayer to the Lord. [....]   But I have HOPE for Michelle’s plea.  [Daily Kos]
Hey, they have standards to uphold over there.  Yes, I kept screenshots.  To be fair, even most of the Kos commenters are aghast.

47 comments

  1. [...] Charles at LGF links to this report at the American-based OneFreeKorea, which is a good site I’ve seen linking here a few times. I’m going to wait to light the cigar until it gets verified a little more and we see the whole translated text, but it looks like we’ve got another tyrant endorsement: The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain, whom it calls “a variant of Bush” and “nothing better than a scarecrow of neoconservatives,” which is a bit odd considering that the Bush Administration’s giveaway diplomacy is better for Kim Jong Il than even Clinton’s awful performance. [...]

  2. Takekaze says:

    So… Kim Jong Il, old Castron and Gadaffi. Great. Gotta love Obama’s fanbase. When will Chavez do it openly? And what other dictators do we have out there?

    Too bad Hitler, Stalin and Mao are dead. I’m sure they’d happily endorse Obama as well. Hitler would love him. Instead of invading Europe and smacking the Nazis around, Obama would negotiate with him.

    Kim Jong Il should rather let Megumi come home! She was 13 when the communist thugs kidnapped her. She’d be in her 40s now, that is… if Kim Jong Il’s regime hasn’t murdered her.

  3. [...] It’s worth pausing to consider the disturbing rhetorical similarity between the Chosun Sinbo and Daily Kos, although the sheer incoherence of Bush’s North Korea policy makes any comparison to it questionable.  [One Free Korea] [...]

  4. [...] Not the north Korean people of course. They are not allowed to have opinions by their Stalinist masters! But the evil Stalinists who oppress those North Korean people love them some BARACK! [...]

  5. [...] June 22, 2008 OneFreeKorea is reporting that Kim Jong Il has endorsed OMessiah… And they said that Obama had no appeal outside the guilt-ridden white wine liberals and African-American demos. He has the foreign terrorist and dictator vote in the bag. [...]

  6. SteveJ says:

    John McCain has got to start making an issue out of these tyrant endorsements. My fear is that he’ll continue to take the “kinder, gentler” road — i.e., the road to abject defeat.

    You’re being handed some great material, Sen. McCain. Make hay with it!

  7. [...] Hamas, Castro, Qaddafi and now Kim Jong Il! The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain, whom it calls “a variant of Bush” and “nothing better than a scarecrow of neoconservatives,” which is a bit odd considering that the Bush Administration’s giveaway diplomacy is better for Kim Jong Il than even Clinton’s awful performance. [...]

  8. [...] The above Korean and the English translation below are courtesy of One Free Korea: We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who would meet the leader of Chosun without pre-conditions, than with the “Bush clone” and scarecrow of the neocons McCain. [...]

  9. [...] [O]n Monday [Castro] gave Senator Barack Obama an endorsement of sorts, calling him “the most progressive candidate to the U.S. presidency” while also berating him for his plan to continue the trade embargo against Cuba. “Were I to defend him, I would do his adversaries an enormous favor,” Mr. Castro said. “I have therefore no reservations about criticizing him.”  [N.Y. Times, The Caucus]Which Castro then proceeded to do, on Obama’s stated support for trade sanctions during a campaign speech to Cuban exiles in Miami. -Source. [...]

  10. GI Korea says:

    I agree that McCain has so far been missing a golden opportunity to differentiate himself from Obama in regards to North Korea policy and I don’t mean because of this North Korean endorsement.

    McCain should be hammering Obama over the broken promise to Kim Dong-shik’s family along with Obama’s support for removing North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List. He should likewise continue to criticize the Bush North Korea policy as well in order to differentiate himself from him as well.

  11. Obama’s endorsements…

    Barack Obama has now been endorsed by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il, Fidel Castro, as well as Hamas. Comforting, isn’t it?

    Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame Obama for this. Lumping him in with communists and Palestinian terrorists would b…

  12. [...] Kim Jong Il!!!! The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain: We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who would meet the leader of Chosun without pre-conditions, than with the “Bush clone” and scarecrow of the neocons McCain. [...]

  13. [...] It’s always impressive when a Presidential candidate can pick up endorsements from dictators. [...]

  14. [...] Really, he already had Hamas’ endorsement, he certainly had Ahmadinnerjacket’s and now, with this final one, he has finally secured the endorsement of the full Axis of Evil (via One Free Korea): North Korea prefers Democratic candidate Barack Obama over Republican John McCain, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said. [...]

  15. [...] Endorsements for Obama…. Jump to Commentshttp://freekorea.us/2008/06/22/obama-gets-another-unwanted-endorsement/ [...]

  16. [...] Obama: Hope and change!!! For who, the worlds tyrannical communist dictators? Guess who picked up the endorsement of communist dictator Kim Jong Il today? That’s correct, the one and only candidate for change in America, Barack Obama. Exactly what type of change is Obama really want for America? Barack Obama gets another unwanted endorsement. As the Jawa Report puts forth the very valid question that all need to ask themselves, “Ask yourself why terrorists and tyrants all over the globe are rooting for The Lightworker?” So why does the propaganda machine of a communist dictator seem to have the same talking points as the Democratic party, that McCain is a third GWB term? [...]

  17. [...] post info By bishop Categories: endorsements Tags: global test The latest in a series of endorsements for Barack – North Korea.  Obama sure passes John Kerry’s Global Test. [...]

  18. [...] From OneFreeKorea: The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain, whom it calls “a variant of Bush” and “nothing better than a scarecrow of neoconservatives,” which is a bit odd considering that the Bush Administration’s giveaway diplomacy is better for Kim Jong Il than even Clinton’s awful performance. [...]

  19. [...] Posted in North Korea, Obama at 5:41 am by crushliberalism Castro, Khaddafi, Hamas…now the NorKoms.  These coveted despot/terrorist endorsements just keep piling up! [...]

  20. [...] They tell of that wonderful star of Team America and one of the world’s greatest tyrants, Kim Jong Il is among the many on a growing list who is endorsing Obama. Bahahahahaha! [...]

  21. [...] Obama seems to have cornered the tyrant vote (here, here, and now here [HT see-dubya at Michelle Malkin’s place). [...]

  22. [...] Well, That Settles It! From One Free Korea: [...]

  23. Brian Mora says:

    So, Kim Jong Mentally Il has come out in support of Baraq Hussein Osama, eh?

    Why am I not surprised…

  24. Sonagi says:

    For once, the North Koreans are on the same side as most of the world. Through international media, the world’s citizens have expressed a strong preference for Obama over McCain.

    Americans open-minded enough to vote for a candidate named Barack Hussein Obama aren’t going to rethink their choice based on an unsolicited endorsement from a North Korean newspaper.

    I’m sure as heck not going to cast my vote for McCain because the Norks like him less than Obama. As Chris Matthews so brilliantly made clear in his televised smackdown of Kevin James, Neville Chamberlain was guilty of appeasement not because he talked to Hitler but because he signed away part of Czechoslovakia in the Munich Agreement. North Korea is one issue of concern among many others, and rarely does a candidate’s positions align perfectly with one’s own, forcing voters to prioritize. I’m not pleased with Obama changing positions on delisting North Korea, but I’m not going to change my current candidate preference based on that alone.

  25. Wingless says:

    Sonagi said:
    “Americans open-minded enough to vote for a candidate named Barack Hussein Obama aren’t going to rethink their choice based on an unsolicited endorsement from a North Korean newspaper.”


    Reply:

    It isn’t that we are not open minded, it’s that we are cautious, educated & skeptical.

    Obama Hussein sat through 20 YEARS of vile, hate-filled sermons of Rev. Wright. He agreed enough to put his baby daughter in the hands of that racist snake in order to be baptized. He was a-ok with Wright’s message even after his hatred came to light…BUT THEN – when Obama’s numbers went down, THEN Wright was no longer good by Obama?! For somebody who is supposed to be a “new type of politician” this sure does stink of the same-old-same-old…

    Obama Hussein has promised to get the USA less dependant on foreign oil, but also promised not to increase drilling… (the magic oil machine is in development)

    Obama Hussein thinks he can withdraw troops from Iraq by 2009 (logistically impossible) & get the warring parties to reconcile. Apparently the man with the silver tongue thinks he can make peace between Sunni & Shiite; Iranian & Iraqi; Jew & Arab; Pan-Islamists & the rest of us infidels… Does he really think “can’t we all just get along” will work on the world stage?

    I could go on and on and on… Obama will be worse for the world than Clinton, who allowed Al-Qaeda to attack unchallenged, gain widespread support (as they seemed invincible!), allowed them to deploy, fortify and entrench… Obama, it seems, will do him one better by also patting them on the back & giving them a platform for their backwards philosophies.

  26. Joshua says:

    For once, the North Koreans are on the same side as most of the world. Through international media, the world’s citizens have expressed a strong preference for Obama over McCain.

    I’ll concede your unsupported assertion and assume that 9 out of 10 people who hate and envy America, its values, and its system of government want Obama to win. I’ll even concede that the dictatorships that suppress the freedom of conscience of their subjects speak for them. We obviously don’t draw the same significance from that emerging pattern. Does this suggest that Obama might be a more effective communicator of America’s values or merely a more pliable sop to its least reasonable and reconcilable critics?

    You’re a regular here, of course, so I need not remind you what a frequent and caustic critic I’ve been of George W. Bush’s appeasement of Kim Jong Il or his rank hypocrisy on human rights.

    Americans open-minded enough to vote for a candidate named Barack Hussein Obama aren’t going to rethink their choice based on an unsolicited endorsement from a North Korean newspaper. [….]

    I’m not pleased with Obama changing positions on delisting North Korea, but I’m not going to change my current candidate preference based on that alone.

    So in other words, it’s not necessarily North Korea’s endorsement, per se, that raises questions about Obama’s fitness, but his demonstrated willingness to excuse the North from standards of civilized human behavior. (But the latter, of course, has nothing to do with the former, does it?) I happen to agree with you on the broader principle, although it seems strained to deny the linkage.

    Of course, Obama could disabuse the North Koreans of their misconception by disawoving the world’s worst dictator since Pol Pot, by denouncing his horrid concentration camps, his summary mass executions of refugees, and his starvation of millions of “hostile class” members. This might also disabuse me of a nagging perception that Obama lacks a moral center. I don’t for a moment impute Kim Jong Il’s acts to Obama, and frankly, I don’t impute Jeremiah Wright’s ideas or William Ayers’s acts to Obama, either. But I’m dismayed by the apparent ease with which Obama seems able to form enduring accomodations with evil ideas.

    As Chris Matthews so brilliantly made clear in his televised smackdown of Kevin James, Neville Chamberlain was guilty of appeasement not because he talked to Hitler but because he signed away part of Czechoslovakia in the Munich Agreement.

    So Obama goes to Pyongyang. What does he say there? What could he say that our diplomats can’t? What wouldn’t he say? The precedent set by Obama supporter and VP short-lister “Kim Jong Bill” Richardson should give you some pause. Can we assume that what happens in Camp 22 stays in Camp 22?

  27. [...] Here’s the good news, though; Kim Jong Il of North Korea tells us exactly why he’s endorsing Barack Obama, and it sounds… well, eerily familiar. Via OneFreeKorea, and with full faith that they’re translating the Korean accurately (emphasis mine): We will see a better relationship between the U.S. and the Korean Peninsula with Obama, who sternly criticizes Bush and who would meet the leader of Chosun without pre-conditions, than with the “Bush clone” and scarecrow of the neocons McCain. [...]

  28. [...] Thanks to everyone of every point of view who linked to this post.  Of course, any high traffic post is a mixed blessing.  You get good links and comments and widen the circulation of your ideas, and you also dredge the swamp.  I’d have to say that the call by Kos diarist “Gramarye” for prayers for Michelle Malkin’s death (and after her blog linked this one) sets a new low.  Seriously: According to her blog, Take me now, Lord. My life as a blogger is complete. [...]

  29. [...] Endorsements from Overseas Posted on June 24, 2008 by Mike O Some interesting people overseas seem to have some interesting perspectives on our upcoming election.  Barack got a pretty clear endorsement from Asia, an expression of concern for his well-being from Africa, and a non-endorsement endorsement from nearer to home. [...]

  30. [...] Overseas Endorsements June 24, 2008 — Mike O Some interesting people overseas seem to have some perspectives on our upcoming election.  Barack got a pretty clear endorsement from Asia, an expression of concern for his well-being from Africa, and a non-endorsement endorsement from nearer to home. [...]

  31. Jack says:

    I had no idea Kim Jong Il even cared. I mean the guy is seeing his state crumble away. Not McCain or Obama will save his bacon. Marketization is taking place because he is failing to deliver. All without the US’s help.

    Therefore, the whole point is moot.

  32. [...] Guess who supports the kid? North Korea (Kim Jong-Il) joined the party Monday. Worse, these are the same folks the kid wants to sit down and have tea and crumpets with. What the kid needs is a bit of military service and a few years of history classes. [...]

  33. Joshua says:

    I hope you’re right, Jack, but how many people staked their reputations on similar assumptions in 1994? Earlier this year, I assigned a high probability that Kim Jong Il’s regime would fall this year. Unfortunately, it seems so far that he’s managing to feed his elite and at least some of his military while letting everyone else starve. The food crisis will probably be even worse next year, but a massive influx of American aid could still preserve the regime, just as it did when China and South Korea propped it up for the last decade.

  34. Jesse Taylor says:

    I’m a dude, dumbass.

  35. Jack says:

    Joshua, I do agree it is impossible to predict the end of Kim’s regime in the resons you stated. If it is now, next year, five years or ten years, it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. His state cannot sustain itself like it is now forever. The main point I was trying to make is, Kim Jong Il has not assigned a successor yet and time is ticking away to make a propaganda story stick. A sudden worship campaign cannot work in the current state the DPRK is in. Sure, they can force it, but privately, people are trying to find the next meal and ideology along with a father figure is crumbling away. I mean it is common sense in my opinion to assume it is becoming a joke.

    With that said, this is all happening without Obama’s or McCain’s help. Sure, they can have a hawkish or engagement policy, but Kim Jong Il will do what he wants to do despite what any administration does. I believe the DPRK will do just fine failing on its own. Why pay for it?

  36. Joshua says:

    I’m a dude, dumbass.

    Well, there are perils in making one’s self ambiguous, except for the part about being an embarrassment. No ambiguity there.

    Peace, ladies!

  37. [...] It’s nearly unanimous; terrorist groups and cruel dictators have made a clear choice in the US presidential election: OneFreeKorea – Obama Gets Another Unwanted Endorsement. The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain, whom it calls “a variant of Bush” and “nothing better than a scarecrow of neoconservatives,” which is a bit odd considering that the Bush Administration’s giveaway diplomacy is better for Kim Jong Il than even Clinton’s awful performance.  [...]

  38. [...] More Endorsements for Obama: Kim Jong-Il and Fidel Castro Posted on June 22, 2008 by nobamablog It’s nearly unanimous; terrorist groups and cruel dictators have made a clear choice in the US presidential election: OneFreeKorea – Obama Gets Another Unwanted Endorsement. [...]

  39. [...] Chosun Sinbo announces its preference for Obama The Chosun Sinbo, the mouthpiece of North Korea’s Japanese front organization Chongryon and often for the North Korean regime itself, has announced its preference for Obama over McCain. Thank you Sinbo for making my decision so much easier. [...]

  40. [...] Obama’s racked up a quite, uh, impressive list of endorsements over the course of his campaign. Fidel Castro has his name on the list, as well as the US Communist Party. But Kim Jong Il? Who would have thought North Korea would be waving Obamamerica flags? [...]

  41. Fidel Castro would always be an icon of history evethough he is against the U.S.-”,

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