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        So, former President Clinton makes the long flight to North Korea. He chats for an hour or two with North Korea’s dying President Kim Jong ll. A few hours later he emancipates the two American journalists who have been held captive by the oppressive, loony and dangerous North Korean government. The Americans jump on a jet and roar off the tarmac, headed for freedom.
        No bullets were fired, no injuries or death, just the freeing of Laura Ling and Euna Lee – Americans. Laura and Euna work as reporters for former Vice President Al Gore’s television outlet in San Francisco, “Current TV.”
        The pair of Americans, which have been held prisoner since March, 2009, were threatened with what North Korea jokingly and cruelly calls “trials.” If found guilty of espionage the duo could have been sentenced to years of anguish and deprivation in a North Korean prison camp. And, all the evidence leads us to believe that the two Americans were not spying at all.
         All Americans, including President Obama, were “extraordinarily relieved” at the release of the two American journalists. The television coverage of the freedom plane’s landing in California was greeted by millions of Americans and their tears of happiness. Those millions of viewers shared in the emotional moment when Laura and Euna were reunited with their families. A proud and humane moment amidst the cruelties of the other news of the day.
        President Obama has made it clear that there were no clandestine messages carried by former President Clinton to Kim Jong ll. No promises, no deals. No nothin’!
        President Obama, speaking for the nation, expressed his gratitude to former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore for all they did to free the two Americans.
        Before the plane’s tires touched down the yammering and the grousing began.
        “How could we possibly talk to that “nut-case” Kim Jong ll. They are our sworn enemy. They’re a crazy and vicious nation, dedicated to destroying America and Americans.”
        Perhaps all of this is true.
       The fact remains that former President Clinton hopped on a plane, flew to North Korea, rescued two Americans and flew back to the U.S. safely. No harm, no foul. No promises and no assurances.
        So what if Kim Jong ll claims to be bigger and stronger because an ex-American President rescued two captive Americans from the grip of disaster. Let him stand before his country of ill clothed, ill fed slaves. His bantering will not bring them more clothes nor more food. Do his starving millions care if former President Clinton spent a few hours on their soil? Will his visit produce more bowls of rice for their lean stomachs?
        And yet, to the dismay of many Americans the opposition party jumped on this opportunity to kvetch and carp that Clinton betrayed America by going to North Korea and returning with two Americans formerly residing in North Korean prisons. They grumble that we should not speak with men of the ilk of Kim Jong ll. The opposition is ranting and raving of the harm that will come from the rescue of the two Americans. The television interview programs are filled with politicians opposing Obama, Clinton and Gore’s rescue adventure.
        The sad thing is that if it were a Republican president, a Republican former President and a Republican former Vice President involved with the rescue in North Korea the Democrats would be disapproving and deprecating to the same degree. They’d be on the television news programs harping about the terrible damage the Republicans had done by going to North Korea and rescuing two American journalists. Sad indeed.
        It would have been nice to have seen all Americans salute the rescue instead of half of American politicians using it for a perceived political gain.
        Welcome home Laura and Euna. You’re both home and that’s all that matters.