Despite the machismo demonstrated by President George W. Bush in his handling of Iraq War in a unilateral fashion with his close advisors berating our long time allies in Europe, Bush has shown once again he is incapable and unwilling to deal straight up with North Korea which represents a far greater threat to American security than Iraq ever has or ever will. With North Korean nuclear missiles potentially being able to reach California (this point is up for debate and speculation) the urgency exists for the United States to develop a cohesive policy towards Pyongyang, one that focuses on American security rather than the opinions of China and United Nations.
Despite this urgency, Bush refuses to continue the good work of the Clinton Administration who was able to contain North Korea with a 1994 agreement. Bush administration handpicked envoy Chris Hill has implied any number of contradictory road maps several weeks- Hill implied that the US maybe willing to trade favors with North Korea or simply see the extension of the six party talks that include China, Japan, south Korea and Russia as well as a goodwill gesture. Another statement Hill made strongly hinted that the US wanted to refer the matter to the United Nations in order to place sanctions on an already isolated North Korea. Chances of North Korea’s hard line dictatorship being concerned about UN sanctions are about as good as Rutgers beating the University of Miami in football. In other words, the Bush administration is so scared of the North Korean that they are trying to punt the issue to either the UN or the other members of the six party talks.
One thing can be determined from all these inconsistencies. The Bush administration is unwilling to take strong unilateral action against the biggest current threat to American security. After a macho attack on a helpless Iraq, Bush is clearly fearful of defending American interests with regards to North Korea. The UN and the six party talks provide a continued smokescreen for Bush’s ongoing fear of Pyongyang.
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