Tuesday, October 10, 2006

No "E" for effort

Kim Jong Il has proved more than a pest
In pursuit of his nuclear quest.
Now, the world, as we know it,
Has changed
. If we blow it,
It’s failure; for this is the test.

Diverted Attention, Neglect Set the Stage for Kim's Move
Up until 2001, North Korea's nuclear program was largely
under seal and monitored by the U.N. What went wrong?

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, 10/10/06


Annie said...

I am waiting to see how this whole story plays out. As I'm sure you've guessed, I have little confidence that this administration will respond wisely or well. But I'm hoping for a coalition of sanity to come to the fore. What are the chances?

Cowtown Pattie said...

I am beginning to think everyone around the world, with the exception of Tony Blair, hates our (American) guts. This administration sure hasn't done much to improve that image, and I hold no hope that things will change at all under BushCo, except maybe to worsen...

Scary times.

The Limerick Savant said...

Certainly the world is waiting to see how the US will respond. Iran is especially interested. For all it's posturing and bluster, Bush's gunboat diplomacy has done little to make the world a safer place.

There was an interesting Op-Ed piece by Nicholas Kristoff in Tuesday's NY Times entitled Talking with the Monsters. Here's a link to a reprint in the Wilmington Star.

Kristoff makes a case for the necessity of direct negotiation with our enemies, no matter how distasteful. He cites the successes of the Clinton administration in slowing N. Korea's nuclear ambitions. I think you can find such diplomatic wisdom going back to the Eisenhower administration. Bush and his cronies, in 7 short years, have undone 50 years of diplomatic efforts that spanned both Republican and Democrat administrations. I only hope that the next president can restore the State Department to it's former glory. She will certainly have her hands full.