Monday, October 09, 2006

The Bush Failure on North Korea

Talking tough is great if you can make it stick and back it up; it is always and necessarily cleaner and less compromising than sitting down and dealing with bad actors. Talking tough and then folding your cards doesn't just show weakness it invites contempt. And that is what we have here.

The Bush-Cheney policy on North Korea was always what Fareed Zakaria once aptly called "a policy of cheap rhetoric and cheap shots." It failed. And after it failed President Bush couldn't come to grips with that failure and change course....


Devon Rowcliffe said...
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Adrian MacNair said...

Devon, agreed. Also, it is a little soon after the nuclear test to assume the Americans will do nothing.

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