I thought I'd read something about this yesterday but couldn't find it again, but this WaPo story again reports that the Bush administration withheld the information about North Korea's nuclear admission while Congress was debating the Iraq resolution, informing only key members of Congress (at least they did that). Plus, in marked contrast with his policy toward Iraq, Bush wants to settle this situation diplomatically, and officials say they are keeping their options open.
I dunno...this whole Korea situation casts into stark light just what a big, fresh, steaming pile of bovine excrement the Administration's stance on Iraq really is. And the tragedy is, I actually believe that Iraq needs to be dealt with, but it's simply impossible to give the Bushies any credibility at all anymore.
One more thing...the surprise nature of this statement once again highlights our desperate need for top-flight intelligence. Apparently our intelligence agencies were tipped off when North Korea sought rare metals used in constructing nuclear weapons, and North Korean officials made their admission when confronted with this information. But no one seems to know jsut how advanced the NK nuclear weapons program is or how many bombs they may or may not have.