NORTH KOREAN NUKE DEAL
Hard to say that the Bush administration's recently negotiated deal with North Korea
over its nuclear weapons program
isn't a positive step. Cautious optimism and use of the agreement as a platform on which to build toward removing nuclear materials and technology from North Korea is about the best we can hope for, short of launching a major war for regime change ( which we are not placed to do and no one would support, short of some reckless military action by Pyongyang). A few seeds placed in the working groups section of the agreement from which a larger, regional, security structure, perhaps an " East Asian NATO", can grow.
A good round-up of links by CKR of Whirledview
and sensible commentary by Dave Schuler of The Glittering Eye
. Nice pre-deal analysis by Dr. Barnett
Labels: asia, barnett, bush, diplomacy, east asian nato, foreign policy, glittering eye, new york times, north korea, nuclear, washington post, whirledview