Quote of the Day - 02.19.09

| Thu Feb. 19, 2009 7:58 PM PST
From Hillary Clinton, commenting on the stroke suffered last year by North Korea's Kim Jong-il:

If there is a succession, even if it’s a peaceful succession, that creates more uncertainty, and it may also encourage behaviors that are even more provocative, as a way to consolidate power within the society.

This single sentence has spawned endless chatter about whether Clinton has committed a grave diplomatic gaffe by mentioning something that everyone in the world has been talking about for months.  Give me a break.  It's better to at least acknowledge it briefly in public than it is to keep pretending that nothing at all is even happening.

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