On Friday, John Kerry made this statement in a speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Party:
North Korea's nuclear program was frozen under Bill Clinton. When George W. Bush turned his back on diplomacy, Kim Jong Il turned back to making bombs, and the world is less safe today because a madman has the Bush bomb.
Chris Wallace was right to challenge the formulation "Bush bomb" in an interview this morning with Kerry on "Fox News Sunday." Regardless of the failures of Bush's policies, President Bush did not give North Korea its nuclear capability. (A more accurate formulation might be "the A.Q. Khan bomb.") Should we call the slaughter of approximately one million Rwandans the "Clinton genocide" because his administration failed to prevent it? Were the Hutu militias wielding "Clinton machetes"?