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Wednesday, January 15, 2003  

The Bully

You know the score--the big baddy comes around the playground, slams you up against the wall, and shakes you down. So you give him your lunch money. It's a pain in the ass, but what are you going to do? Then one day a new kid comes to class. Kind of a skinny little kid. But when the bully tries to slam him against the wall, the new kid pops the bully in the nose. You figure that's the end of the new kid for sure, but a funny thing happens--the bully takes one look at his bloody nose and let's him go.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the President thought he was the big, bad old bully when he drafted that national security policy about pre-emption. It was tantamount to slamming Saddam Hussein against the wall. So when Kim Jong Ill came a'calling with nukes, Bush tried (after the usual administration confusion had been cleared up) the diplomatic slam:

"People say, 'Well, are you willing to talk to North Korea?' Of course we are. But what this nation won't do is be blackmailed. And what this nation will do is use this as an opportunity to bring the Chinese and the Russians and the South Koreans and the Japanese to the table to solve this problem peacefully."

But the new kid didn't really go for it. As the AP is reporting:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea rejected as "pie in the sky" U.S. offers of talks and possible aid in exchange for abandoning its nuclear ambitions, accusing Washington on Wednesday of staging a "deceptive drama" to mislead world opinion.

Keeping up a stream of anti-American invective - even as it agreed to more high-level meetings with South Korea next week - Pyongyang declared it would accept no U.S. offer of dialogue with conditions attached.

Washington's "loudmouthed supply of energy and food aid are like a pie in the sky, as they are possible only after the DPRK is totally disarmed."


posted by Jeff | 4:09 PM |
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