Monday, May 21, 2007

Today's Reading Assignment

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, at OpinionJournal, on the inconvenient truths about the latest North Korean nuclear deal.

We've said similar things in the past. In fact, the history of our recent negotiations with Pyongyang makes one thing painfully clear; the DPRK has perfected a strategy that we've described as the "nuclear rope-a-dope," which consists of the following steps: (a) continuing talks ad nauseam; (b) reaching "agreements" only when it suits their needs, (c) dragging their feet on implementation, (d) breaking the deal, and (e) starting the process all over again. Based on the DPRK's most recent actions, we're currently at Step C in the process, with D and E looming on the diplomatic horizon.

Reading the op-ed underscores what we lost when Mr. Bolton stepped aside as our representative at the U.N.

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