"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

What North Korea Wants From The Nuke Stand-off

More pearls of wisdom and analysis from those that had this to say about Iran's Ahmadinejad, "One of the ironies of Iran's latest confrontation with the West is that it is the product of — are you ready for this? — democratic politics." Original post here

From Time Magazine:

"To be sure, the world is now speaking with one voice in condemning Pyongyang's nuclear test. But that's no surprise: nobody likes North Korea, and universal condemnation is the standard response when any nation joins the nuclear club, as India and Pakistan discovered in 1998. There's little surprise, either, in a gathering U.N. consensus on rebuking North Korea, with China likely to sign off on some symbolic sanctions to punish it.

Yet the international consensus does not disguise the fact that six years of tough talk and grudging diplomacy by the Bush Administration failed to stop North Korea from reaching the point that it is now being treated as a nuclear weapons state."
Nothing can be done about anything without the assistance of others and Time seems to get that, yet at the same time can't understand why the U.S. hasn't resolved the problem.

They may not say it, but their bottom line is: 'the only way things can be done is multi-laterally, so don't buck the system even if what you end up with is a farce.'


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