Everybody knows conservatives love to compare virtually anything to Neville Chamberlain’s ill-fated appeasement of Hitler, so I’ll be trying to keep an eye for the first conservative to relate Munich to the release of Euna Lee and and Laura Ling. It’s an obvious comparison, really — both instances included talking. As it happens, we’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting closer in this “interview” between Kathryn Jean Lopez and Dick Morris over at the The Corner.
KJL: What do you make of President Clinton’s trip to North Korea?
DM: It was wrong to do it. This trip gives North Korea the ability to act like the good guy in world public opinion by releasing people they shouldn’t have seized in the first place. Considering their record, bomb explosions, and missile tests, we should not be in the business of letting North Korea score propaganda victories.
Whether or not you might be open to the possibility that this was in fact a propaganda win for the United States — after all, the North Koreans released imprisoned journalists with only so much as a “private” visit from Bill Clinton — what exactly is Morris insinuating here? That it would better to leave American journalists in forced labor camps than to let Pyongyang “score propaganda victories?” Or maybe we should have just invaded North Korea? I don’t know.