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Making Sense of North Korea

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 7:20 AM
Therefore we are entering an era when big countries run by evil people can manipulate little countries with nukes into attacking us. North Korea, for example, is China's proxy. We could end the North Korean threat in a week by promising credibly to obliterate China if North Korea so much as farts in our direction. But we'd never do that.
Righty3 Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 5:49 PM
@Matt: The policy you suggest was articulated during the Cuban Missle Crisis some 50 years ago.

Kennedy announced to the world that it would be US policy to consider any nuclear missile launched by Cuba to in fact have originated with the USSR.

Somehow, I just can't see Obama mouthing these sorts of words though...

The old definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. The new definition, which applies only in the case of North Korea, is: doing something different and expecting a different result.

The North Koreans have been pursuing a nuclear arsenal for a couple of decades. We have tried negotiating; we've tried cutting off negotiations; we've tried threatening them; we've tried ignoring them, and we've tried whistling "Camptown Races" while standing on our heads. Nothing has made any visible difference. Come rain or come shine, they keep pursuing a nuclear arsenal.

So it...