February 22, 2007

HIS MEDS MUST HAVE KICKED IN:

A Lack of Courage In Their Convictions (George F. Will, February 22, 2007, Washington Post)

First, China was infuriated by North Korea's October nuclear test, which fizzled but expressed defiance of China. So now China seems amenable to serious pressure on its mendicant neighbor, which is substantially dependent on China for food and energy.

Second, the new agreement, like the 1994 pact, is an attempt to modify behavior using bribery. But under the 1994 agreement, North Korea got the bribe -- energy assistance -- before being required to change its behavior. Under the new agreement, North Korea will receive just 5 percent of promised oil -- 50,000 of 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil -- before it must fulfill, in 60 days, the first of the many commitments it has made.

Third, the administration believes it found, in Banco Delta Asia, a lever that moved Pyongyang. The Macau bank was pressured into freezing 52 accounts holding $24 million -- yes, million, not billion -- of North Korean assets because Pyongyang has been using them for illicit purposes. If Pyongyang flinched from being deprived of $24 million -- less than Americans spend on archery equipment in a month -- Pyongyang's low pain threshold suggests how fragile, and hence perhaps how containable, that regime is.


Funny to hear Mr. Will, whose been a prime example of BDS, criticize fellow sufferers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2007 1:04 PM
Comments

Forgive me, I'm out of the loop. What is BDS?

Posted by: Bartman at February 22, 2007 3:30 PM

Bush Derangement Syndrome. Coined by James Lileks, I think,

Posted by: Bryan at February 22, 2007 3:47 PM

It was Krauthammer.

Will seems to have good days and bad days. I wonder about his health.

Posted by: Gideon at February 22, 2007 4:12 PM

Gee ... does Will now believe that Chimpy McBusHitler's python strategy of slowly squeezing the Norks and refusing two party talks might have been correct? It can't be - Chimpy is too dumb for any of his ideas to work.

Posted by: jd watson at February 22, 2007 5:03 PM
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