Today's Reading Assignment
..from former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton in The Wall Street Journal. With North Korea refusing to provide a full disclosure of its nuclear activities--as promised in the Six Party Accord--the U.S. now has an opportunity to extricate itself from a deal that Mr. Bolton describes as "unwise" and "dangerous."
Moreover, Washington would find ready support for a tougher line against Pyongyang. South Korea's new president, Lee Myung-bak (who takes office next month), is the first "realist" to occupy the Blue House in a decade. Japan's prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, is continuing Tokyo's tough-minded approach toward North Korea. In turn, unity among the U.S., South Korea and Japan would allow Washington to put more pressure on North Korea, through new economic sanctions and other measures.
Sadly, Bolton's advice will fall on deaf ears. The Foggy Bottom crowd is now firmly in charge of U.S. security policies, and the career diplomats--along with the White House--have staked their reputations and legacies on the Six Party deal. Never mind that Kim Jong-il is up to his usual tricks.