The flare-up in North Korea is a reminder that the U.S. is no longer effectively diffusing hostile world trends. From Pyongyang to Tehran, America has become a hapless bystander.
‘Settling accounts with the U.S. must be done with force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival."
Obama’s foreign policy is "jungle law"? Wasn’t President Bush the practitioner of cowboy diplomacy?
This fresh declaration from North Korea bears little resemblance to the expected fruits of the engaged, effective diplomacy that was supposed to be personally conducted by a charismatic president whose heart was big, but whose brain was even bigger.
In a much-touted 2007 Foreign Affairs article, candidate Obama promised to "develop a strong international coalition to … eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program."
In doing so, "our first measure must be sustained, direct, and aggressive diplomacy — the kind that the Bush administration has been unable and unwilling to use."