Whenever an American gets detained in North Korea, I like to joke that it's time for former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to pack his bags. As it turns out, Governor Richardson is the one to send when the detainees AREN'T somewhat famous, like Laura Ling.
This visit is even more newsworthy because the governor is bringing along the head of Google, and tongues are wagging about what that means. To hardliners, it could mean concessions by Google, which would undermine the sanctions against Pyongyang. To doves, the head of Google could be enticing Kim Jong-Un to join the rest of the world.
Right now I'm favoring the carrot theory, but we shall see. I would like to see KJU incentivized to make real economic reform, but I don't want to see a loosening of the (flimsy) noose the Obama administration has put in place in the banking sector.
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