Tuesday, October 10, 2006

It has come to this: The Bully on the Playground is...North Korea?

by Ken Houghton

I couldn't make up this headline, unless I were working for The Onion.

UPDATE: Knew I should have printed it here. Before it was confirmed that the North Korean test worked only slightly better than those tests of the U.S. "Missile defense" system, it was close to "U.S. calls North Korea a 'Bully.'"

And it's painfully accurate, as Pammy's favorite lame duck puts forth the case:
North Korea's reported threat to fire a nuclear missile is an attempt to bully Washington into face-to-face talks with Pyongyang, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Tuesday.

"This is the way North Korea typically negotiates, by threat and intimidation," he said. "It's worked for them before. It's not going to work this time."

And here's the BATNA:
Bolton said the North Korean regime is unwilling to take part in the multilateral negotiations "because they're not getting what they want." [emphases mine]

"We want the elimination of their nuclear weapons programs," he said.

Well, that's working well, eh?
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