BACK TO THE FUTURE….After some last minute problems, it looks like the U.S. and North Korea have agreed to the first steps in a deal to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program. Basically, the North Koreans agreed to shut down their reactor at Yongbyon and freeze their bomb development in return for shipments of fuel oil:

Christopher Hill, the U.S. envoy to the talks, told reporters that the final text was “an excellent, excellent draft”….

A deal to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program would give President Bush a rare foreign-policy victory at a time when he is embroiled in a bitter debate over the war in Iraq and tensions with Iran. But the proposed deal also exposes the administration to accusations from both conservatives and Democrats that President Bush has essentially returned to a Clinton-era arrangement with North Korea — known as the 1994 Agreed Framework — that he disparaged and cast aside soon after he took office in 2001.

Nah, life’s too short for that. If Bush’s foreign policy in 2007 is now almost as good as Clinton’s was in 1994 — give or take a dozen actual bombs — I’ll take that as a big win. Next up: Bush brings peace to Bosnia!