We may be witnessing the beginning of a formidable new diplomatic equivalent of the old Hollywood film and TV hacksaw, “Good cop, bad cop.” That’s right, “Good Clinton, bad Clinton.”
Step One – Let feisty Secretary of State Hillary jump in when push comes to shove, in this case via such methods as a blunt @gma interview, a late arrival at one of the ASEAN sessions in Thailand (to North Korea’s great disgust) and so on.
Step Two – Once the opposing international player clearly understands that the U.S. means business, send in wily ex-President Bill, carrying a big stick backed softly by a world-travel whirlwind that never ended.
According to @YonhapNews, the U.S. wanted to send for the negotiation of Laura Ling and Euna Lee’s release Bill’s former VP @AlGore; but North Korea refused, presumably because the co-founder of @current is not high-level or officious enough. An ex-President has trumped an ex-Vice President, paving the way perhaps for future double CC maneuvers aimed at Iran, Venezuela and so on.
There was much concern in Obama’s camp during the 2008 campaign about the notion that some Bill Clinton baggage might come with the selection of Hillary as Secretary of State. Little did the first black President realize that the baggage of the first white-black President was a literal conceit, and that it may produce the best news out of North Korea since another Republican favorite, Jimmy Carter, visited in 1994.