June 26, 2008

North Korea

Kevin Drum wonders why we are seeing such encouraging news from North Korea. Being cynical, I think I know. Two things are driving this news cycle.

1. Bush needs a foreign policy success and this has been designated as it.
2. If North Korea is no longer an "issue", then a whole bunch of objections about taking on Iran go away.

Of course, I'm not someone who is hooked into the goings on, but I do know that Bush (and Condi) are desperately looking for some way to show they've been successful in their policies and North Korea is clearly the easiest "problem" to ratchet down. It's my distrust of Bush and paranoia that leads to my second conclusion. I don't think he is done with his wanting to be a war king.

Posted by Mary at June 26, 2008 06:55 AM | US News | Technorati links |

The harsh rhetoric about Iran, which seems to have little to do with their ability to harm us, is part of the reason I share your concerns about Iran.

Norh Korea may just be a blip in the news cycle created by the Bush Administration and their sycophants. It might also be that things are getting so bad in North Korea that any form of acceptance by the outside world would be an improvement. Every time I read about the place it sounds worse than the last time.

Posted by: Cujo359 at June 26, 2008 12:11 PM

My concern is that we are looking at a trade-off inside the Bush administration, between the Rice and Cheney factions.

In other words, Bush, the worst president in American history, sides with Rice over the North Korean issue, but with Bush having the intent of siding with Cheney over Iran, especially since (just as in the case of pre-Iraq War Kuwait being a staging area) a whole lot of U.S. military assets have been positioned in the Persian Gulf region, with a large contingent stationed opposite Iran in the Persian Gulf states, ready to strike Iran at a moment's notice.

If I'm right and this does indicate a trade-off, then we can expect to be up to our eyeballs in Middle East wars in the near future.

So, let's have another trade-off instead: impeach Bush and Cheney RIGHT NOW so we can save our democracy.

Posted by: The Oracle at June 29, 2008 12:40 AM