Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Laura Ling and Euna Lee freed: A day I didn't expect to happen so soon

Hardline Negotiator!
Bill Clinton, who successfully negotiated for the release of Current TV staffers-turned-prisoners of North Korea Laura Ling and Euna Lee, greets Lee on their plane back to L.A. in this unusually uplifting AP photo.

How did Clinton get it done? How did he persuade the famously implacable, Star Trek starbase jumpsuit-loving Kim Jong Il? Did he threaten Kimbo with pictures of the dictator with a goat?

Whatever Clinton did, I'm jazzed to see that Ling and Lee's ordeal is over and they can finally be reunited with their respective families.

Today's that rare day when Craig Ferguson's monologue catchphrase, "It's a great day for America," is something I can concur with.

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