November 1, 2006


China holds the oil, North Korea squeaks (Seattle Times, 11/01/06)

North Korea is headed back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program. China gets all the credit for rekindling the stalled six-party talks with skilled diplomacy. Oh, and for turning off the spigot that provides the Pyongyang government with 90 percent of its oil.

President Bush applauded Beijing for its work with North Korea, which included a quiet but effective willingness to play hardball with its communist neighbor. Sleuthing by the Reuters news agency turned up the fact that China had pinched off the supply line in September after North Korea tested a missile in July.

Relying on China is craven, but effective.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2006 8:06 AM

Hopefully regime change in NK is high on Bush's list of things to do before leaving in '09.

Posted by: AWW at November 1, 2006 8:13 AM

eo-tteo-ke no-pi = how high?

Posted by: T.T. at November 1, 2006 11:22 AM

The genius of Bush: in a six-party talk, China loses face when Kim detonates his nuke. In a two-party talk, China takes pride in Kim's defying the Great Satan.

The genius of Bush: with NCLB, the Dems are afraid to defend the teachers' union against their constituents' children. Without NCLB, the Dems parrot the teachers' union to demand more money.

The genius of Bush: with Medicare drug doghnut-hole benefits, private insurers are beating each other to offer lower premiums, and higher coverages, slashing the actual cost to much less than projected. Without the drug benefits, Dems will impose cost control on drugs, higher taxes to us to supply drugs for the seniors.

Self-anointed intellectuals bested repeatedly by a MSM-despised nitwit results in an epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome. On the Left, a seemingly normal person puts his foot in his mouth; on the Right, cry babies refuse to play by staying home in elections to punish the moron who has the temerity not to be their puppet.

Posted by: ic at November 1, 2006 11:43 AM

On the contrary - China been propping NK up as a thorn in the side of Japan and the US. The problem for them is that, unlike Cuba, he's on their border and not ours. Japan going nuclear isn't something that China wants, and if Kim were to provoke this, he'd be gone tomorrow.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at November 1, 2006 2:41 PM