NORTH KOREA UPDATE….Dan Drezner recommends this piece in Reason suggesting that Bush’s non-policy toward North Korea makes more sense ? and is actually more of a policy ? than it seems on the surface. Like Dan, I don’t know if I buy it, but it’s an interesting perspective.
(However, I have to make the obligatory comment: if it’s so important to get the rest of the region on board when dealing with North Korea, why is it not equally important when dealing with Iraq? It makes some sense that any settlement unilaterally dictated by the United States will eventually break down because it doesn’t commit other countries to support it, but it makes sense in the Middle East too. So why didn’t we patiently and quietly pursue broad-based diplomatic solutions in Iraq?)