stop the presses!
P.L.A. reports that Ari Fleischer (inadvertently, no doubt) actually said something true the other day! The topic: North Korea. P.L.A. quotes Flescher saying, "North Korea would like nothing more than to make this a crisis, because the more they can make this a crisis, the more they think they will get things in return."
Dwight Meredith's response: "Well, duh!
Like the stopped clock or blind pig, Fleischer is exactly correct. North Korea wants to make the current situation a crisis. Kim Jung Il believes that if he can generate a crisis, he can achieve direct bilateral negotiations with the United States. North Korea may be interested in using those bilateral negotiations to secure its sovereignty, obtain a non-aggression pact and/or secure economic aid in return for its halting its nuclear weapons program.
...North Korea has taken a number of provocative steps to generate a crisis in which to negotiate. ...At each step, the administration has declared that no crisis exists.
Would it not be smarter to acknowledge that a crisis exists and begin negotiations to solve the crisis before North Korea sells a nuclear weapon to Al Qaeda? If Kim Jung Il wants us to acknowledge that a crisis exists before negotiations begin (as Ari Fleischer suggests), it makes more sense to do so before irreparable harm occurs.
After all, calling the situation a crisis does not change the nature of the situation.
I might add, Bush's refusal to acknowledge the situation as a crisis doesn't mean it isn't.