“He was a very outspoken person,” said Roh Moo-hyun, who as South Korea’s president met Mr. Kim in Pyongyang in 2007. “He was the most flexible man in North Korea.”
In fact, he was the only flexible man in North Korea, all the others were in prison or dead.
Wendy Sherman, now the No. 3 official in the State Department, who served as counselor to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and accompanied her to North Korea, said in 2008: “He was smart, engaged, knowledgeable, self-confident, sort of the master-director of all he surveyed.”
She’s not talking about President Bush here, but no doubt this assessment would also apply to Stalin, Pol Pot, Gadaffi and all the other notable mass murderers of the 20th century. It gives you a warm and fussy feeling about our State Department, they sure have a handle on diplomacy.