April 27, 2005

HOW DO YOU SAY "BOO" IN KOREAN?:

No choice but to deal with Kim Jong Il (Jason T. Shaplen and James Laney, APRIL 27, 2005, The Boston Globe )

[T]he only option is meaningful engagement, a policy we have avoided by demanding that the North dismantle its entire nuclear program before it receives anything concrete in return other than heavy fuel oil. But there are few leaders foolish enough to give up the one card that guarantees their nation's survival based only on promises of future concessions by an adversary they don't trust.

Presumably all of us are old enough to remember when the "only option" was to deal with Saddam and Arafat too?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2005 6:26 AM
Comments

"Meaningful engagement?"

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 27, 2005 8:29 AM

We let China do the meaningful engagement for now, and if Kim suddenly looks like he's going to actually try and shoot off one of his nukes, we meaningfully engage our Air Force and take out his bases. It's hard to believe at this time China's willing to go to the mat for Kim and wreck their entire export-based economy in the process.

Posted by: John at April 27, 2005 8:50 AM

Perhaps we could propose a UN program of sanctions called Oil & Food for Nukes & Refined Yellowcake. Stop drooling Kofi.

Posted by: Genecis at April 27, 2005 11:30 AM

the ironic thing is, dear leader could actually have what he most wants -- an entertainment career -- if he just stepped down and let someone else clean up the dprk. imagine the ratings his show would have. he could have other tyrants on, musical guests, etc.

and of course, Team america II, bekons.

Posted by: cjm at April 27, 2005 12:58 PM

Pull our troops out of South Korea. the ungreatful bastards did no offer to send three divisions to Iraq.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 28, 2005 12:11 AM
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