Bill Clinton served two disastrous terms as President.
In that time, he piled up failures and mistakes.
One has mushroomed into a crisis that could kill millions.
North Korea is menacing the world with their rogue nuclear weapons program.
But how did a Communist nation where people eat tree bark to survive afford a nuclear weapons program?
The answer lies in one horrendous deal Bill Clinton signed off on in his first term in office.
Back in 1994, former President Clinton negotiated a deal to ship $4 billion in aid to North Korea in exchange for an eventual end to their nuclear program.
At least one foreign-policy expert said he traces North Korea’s current saber-rattling to a nuclear deal made two decades ago by President Bill Clinton.
On Oct. 18, 1994, Clinton approved a plan to arrange more than $4 billion in energy aid to North Korea over the course of a decade, in return for a commitment from the country’s Communist leadership to freeze and gradually dismantle its nuclear weapons development program, according to The New York Times.
The “complex” deal was to de-escalate the situation on the Korean peninsula, where the two Korean nations never negotiated a peace treaty after the Korean War ended in armistice in 1953.
“This agreement is good for the United States, good for our allies, and good for the safety of the entire world,” said Clinton in 1994. “It’s a crucial step toward drawing North Korea into the global community.”
The drawing-in never happened. North Korea has become more isolated and dangerous. And after years of furtive activity in North Korea, attempts to placate the Communist state seem to have only encouraged its dangerous leaders.
Critics argue that money allowed North Korea to further their weapons program.
Now – over 20 years later – North Korea is on the verge of achieving their ultimate goal: a missile capable of striking the United States.
They recently completed a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The weapon traveled hundreds of miles over the course of the 40 minutes it spent in the air.
U.S. officials calculated the missile had the ability to reach Alaska.
Now, President Trump is faced with nothing but bad choices.
He could continue negotiations and count on the Chinese to try and exert their economic and political leverage to peacefully resolve the crisis.
But this strategy has failed for 20 years.
Trump could order a preemptive strike, but North Korea would retaliate by unleashing the full extent of their artillery on neighboring South Korea and kick-start a war where millions could perish.
Or he could wait for North Korea to act.
All of these options are bad.
But they are the only options because of the bad deal Bill Clinton negotiated that gave North Korea the financial resources to build their nuclear weapons program.