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Thursday, April 28, 2005

In Denial

Reuters (Tokyo):

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill declined to say whether he thought the stalled multilateral talks would resume before the end of June, when a full year will have passed since the last round of inconclusive discussions.

``I don't want to speculate on when the talks would get going, nor do I want to give an artificial deadline, except to say that it's very important that we get the process going that can address this issue,'' Hill said after meeting Japanese officials.

``We cannot have a situation where a country like North Korea is developing nuclear weapons,'' he said. ``We believe the six-party process is the best way to solve this.''

Um, someone really should tell the Bush Administration that North Korea already has nuclear weapons. CIA says it could be as many as a dozen warheads. And just today, the NY Times reports that the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency says North Korea has mastered the ability to put its nukes on missiles. The game has changed but our play has not; the US sounds like an old broken record, still calling out for six-party talks after that approach has already manifestly failed.

So why is the Bush Administration in denial? And why won't we talk to the North Koreans directly? I suspect it's because--since North Korea actually does have WMD--use of force is not an option... and Condoleeza Rice is now learning the hard way what Powell did: it's really hard to be a successful diplomat when you are fundamentally forbidden to yield or compromise on anything.


Anonymous said...

Since their possession of nukes prevents the Bush Admin from using force against them, I suppose the neo-cons will go balls to the wall to inflate/create some other threat. This should take the country's collective mind off of those nasty, asiatic, communists and give it something else to chew on... something the U.S. can smack around a little.

I wonder who/what it will be? 

// posted by Gaoshan

Anonymous said...

Iran might well be out of consideration for the "public enemy #1" slot for the same reason... who knows? My money is on Syria. But then, we haven't had a good venture into Latin America for years... 

// posted by Dr. Strangelove

Anonymous said...

My money is that the neo-cons will whither away. Bush is a lame duck and neo-cons aren't popular among Democrats or even among other types of Republicans.

They can't really go on any more adventures right now anyway since they have bogged down our military in Iraq.

Of the places the MIGHT try to muck aroud in thouglh, I think Latin America is the easiest. They'd accuse Chavez of being a drug dealer or something and then its off to war! 

// posted by Raised By Republicans