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-- thank you very much.
For more now on this and the growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula let's bring in Jim Woolsey former CI director.
Currently the venture capital firm.
Which through which got on better grounds.
Jim let's listen this is not what we need right now -- you've got Korea first.
Your take on how much damage those unveiled -- -- actually cost.
Well a number of rumor.
But in a way that's.
The least important aspect.
Important aspect is it and look into the future.
It's going to be very difficult to get to people too low level with American government representatives and it.
We are the centerpiece around the world of the struggle against terrorism and support for democracies.
All people in the world who want a opposition to terrorists and opposition to.
Governments that have people in -- like the Taliban throw acid in the faces a little -- so when they try to go to school.
All people who are supportive of democracy.
Rather -- totalitarianism.
All of of those good causes have taken.
A big hit.
Four for the future here.
Embarrassing is one thing when you look at some of the comments supposedly from members of the Saudi royal family particularly about Iran.
Now you're getting into provocation.
Do you think this inflames.
Tensions ordered the two sides kind of already know this about each other and will brush it off.
-- I'm not normally too sympathetic to the saudis but I have to say that in this case the king looks like he was leveling privately.
And could mean communicating important message to the Americans and it's not surprising that the Saudi public statements would not -- that hostile or might even be.
Cordial about Iran.
And countries do that all the times -- something rather different privately than publicly what's a terrible thing is that.
It makes it very very difficult for some of these countries -- speak with -- lesson and work with us.
In the future.
-- wanna move on -- a Wiki leaks getting all the attention but when you look at what's going on in Korea right now the Chinese.
Are making comments about our aircraft carrier the South Koreans saying they will respond.
Why all the Saber rattling right now from North Korea it seems to be heating up and how does this play out.
Well for nearly twenty years.
Fifteen -- objected to over fifteen back to 94.
Both the -- administration and the bush two administration got into the habit of whenever the north Koreans flustered or did something terrible like lied about there.
Nuclear weapons program Maurer.
What tended to happen was that we -- And -- we were sort of treating them as if they were rather them laziness and psychologists laboratory and every time the -- -- -- we getting added food.
It shouldn't be surprising that Kim Jong-Il -- then continued to bite.
And I think so far President Obama.
He's handling this reasonably well lie he moved after the North Korean shelled a south South Korean island.
To set a date for the exercises that did not have a date set for them before.
The carrier in the South Korean navy here in international waters the Chinese don't like anybody in the yellow -- and an economic -- there but.
It's international low waters where their operating.
And I think steady as she goes is probably.
Fairly good description so far.
Of what the US is doing in the face of this typical North Korean.
-- -- usually -- North Korea north -- has always been a little crazy unstable but it usually talk now they have sunk a South Korean warship they have launched a rocket attack on a peaceful South Korean island.
They seem to be be getting more aggressive.
-- -- Margaret why do you think is is it because the country's becoming less stable are they facing another crisis maybe they're trying to prove something with the transition of leadership.
It could be having -- on -- -- of the transition.
They have certainly killed people before South Korean sailors they've kidnapped Japanese.
They tried to kill a large share of the South Korean cabinet.
Some years ago in southeast Asia.
Blatant military attack on civilians.
That's relatively new.
And that's one of the main things if not the main thing that has gotten South Korean public opinion so supportive of having a very yet tough position.
In a tough stance.
South Korea was quite forceful today and that's news usually we find ourselves -- Bound by a China saying don't disturb things in the South Korea saying don't disturb things and that's one of the things have pressed American presidents I think the last fifteen years to be.
-- -- And it seems to be -- view that this will get worked out and South Korea will crawl back into its hole as you noted but.
What's another scenario Jim what's -- what's the worst case scenario here.
Well -- worst case is that.
Firing of guns takes place something gets hit somebody responds at a local level and -- -- escalates it it could happen.
But what we just can't continue to do is whenever the north Koreans complying or lie about their nuclear program or something else.
We do something nice for them like -- take off as happened a few years ago we took off the controls that were barring them from smuggling the money out for their leads out -- a bank account in Macau.
They complained bitterly and did some nasty stuff and we said oh OK well we'll take that control off.
We can't keep doing that we've got to at least be steady and show presence and -- close to the South Koreans and continue to press China to stop this nonsense of supporting the north the way it has for these number of years.
Jim Woolsey always appreciate your insight thank you very.
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