Oh yeah, North Korea

June 23rd, 2004 – 9:20 pm
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In case you’d kind of lost track of what’s going on with those people in North Korea (you know, the ones that actually have nuclear weapons), The Poor Man brings us up to date.

That’s the way bad scenario. The way good scenario is this: they only tell us to go fuck ourselves a little bit, because buyers are nervous about getting caught with North Korean nukes, and so we get some kind of reasonable deal in some reasonable timeframe. And the North Koreans still aren’t trustworthy, but they agree to some kind of verification program because they are very, very hungry by now. So, with a bit of luck, we end up exactly where we were under the failed Clinton policy of appeasement, except that North Korea has perhaps a dozen warheads at this point, and, because their deterrence is essentially impregnable, we’re paying more than we ever would have had we made this deal three years ago, or had the Congress allowed the country to honor the Clinton deal (further proof that, however much one tries to admire John McCain, one keeps butting up against the fact that he’s insane). We then pray long and hard that the regime never, ever falls, because then it’s going to be a free-for-all.

This is so much of a piece with the Bush approach to Iraq. Well, everything, really, but especially Iraq. Bull-headed right-wing ideology replaces actual policy – fuck the UN; the CPA will be managed by unqualified but connected 25-year-old Heritage Foundation wannabes, Ahmad Chalabi is just like George Washington, blah blah blah. And then, when it predictably goes to hell, we do what we should have done in the first place, except that by now it’s too late. And then try to bluff your way out of the political mess.

In my opinion, this all just shows that getting your own nuclear arsenal is the only way to get the U.S. to negotiate with you, which in turn motivates countries like Iran to work harder to get their own nukes. Good plan, G.W.

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