Thursday, August 6, 2009

Clinton (Bill, not Hilary) Rescues Journalists Held by North Korea

How bad did it suck to be Hilary Clinton yesterday? After spending the better part of the last decade trying to distinguish herself from her ex-president husband, getting elected to the senate and launching an historic presidential campaign, it was Bill who swooped in to save the day.

On march 17, Current TV journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling inadvertently crossed the border from China into North Korea while working on a story. They were confronted by a North Korean border patrol, taken into custody, tried and convicted of spying. They faced twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp.

Months of official negotiations were fruitless. Tensions between the North Koreans and the US have been tense over the last several years because of Kim Jong Il's nuclear ambitions. It didn't help that Hilary characterized the North Korean government as "small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention."

On the surface, you might think that Current TV co-founder, Al Gore or Hilary herself had asked Bill to step in. Not so. According to reports, it was the North Korean government that said it would only release the two American women if Bill Clinton came to get them.

As The Daily Show's John Stewart said last night, "The big dog is back!"

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