(continued from the previous post)
I suggest that this outcome is contrary to US interests and wonder exactly what the Bush Administration plans to do about it, and when we might expect to see results. Bush's persistent "my-way-or-the-highway" approach has left him spectacularly incapable of the negotiation that's essential to diplomacy. And yet the evident failure--indeed, counterproductiveness--of Bush's hard-line stance has led the Administration with little choice but to take tentative steps it had harshly criticized in previous administrations--and with a heaping helping of loss of face as an unwelcome bonus. Indeed, the conflict evident within this administration has led to confusing signals and a percption that it has no coherent Korea policy--that it's reacting to events rather than following a plan. This lack of initiative is a grim and disturbing concept to contemplate, and wholly and completely unacceptable. And, predictably, the Responsibility President has sought to distract the nation from his incompetence in dealing with Korea by--yes!--blaming Clinton. (To whatever degree one agrees with that assessment, it does not excuse Bush's failures one bit, and is therefore not only irrelevent but a pathetic confirmation of Bush's cluelessness.) As Bush marches to his war with Iraq, I hold that the Korean situation is a much greater threat than Saddam, that Bush's protestations to the contrary are wholly unconvincing, and utterly fail to perceive any progress by this Administration in addressing the crisis.