The above headline is a quote from Andy Borowitz quoted on the Huffington Post and on the American Thinker. The article at the American Thinker is written by
What the North has lacked thus far is the political opportunity to test without fatally jeopardizing its access to the six-party talks and the legitimacy they provide. Despite the State Department’s seemingly unbreakable second-term hold over President Bush, another test after 2006 just might have ended the talks.
So far, the North faces no such threat from the Obama administration. Despite Pyongyang’s aggression, Mr. Bosworth has reiterated that the U.S. is “committed to dialogue” and is “obviously interested in returning to a negotiating table as soon as we can.” This is precisely what the North wants: America in a conciliatory mode, eager to bargain, just as Mr. Bush was after the 2006 test.
If the next nuclear explosion doesn’t derail the six-party talks, Kim will rightly conclude that he faces no real danger of ever having to dismantle his weapons program. North Korea is a mysterious place, but there is no mystery about its foreign-policy tactics: They work. The real mystery is why our administrations — Republican and Democratic — haven’t learned that their quasi-religious faith in the six-party talks is misplaced.
It is becoming very obvious that we live in a world where negotiations with rogue nations are not currently working (as if they ever did). Meanwhile, we have cut our funding into missle defense, and President Obama is talking about America giving up its nuclear weapons. Peace is a wonderful concept, but the lessons of history should have taught us that peace is only possible after bullies are dealt with decisively or when the ‘good guys’ (the freedom-loving countries of the world) have enough power and strength of purpose to keep the bullies from bullying.
Just a note on the folly of negotiating with tyrants–the deal that Chamberlain made with Hitler to devide Czechoslovakia was made without the input of the then president of Czechoslovakia, Eduard Beneš,. Is President Obama going to negotiate a Middle East peace treaty that divides Jerusalem without the consent of the Israeli government? Will the result be the same?