This is a perfect example of the difference between someone with foreign policy policy experience versus an administration that learning the game as they go along. Early this morning North Korea detonated a nuclear bomb that was up to 20 times more powerful than the North’s first nuclear test, showing off it scientific advances, and if to further prove its point North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles just a few hours later.
North Korea’s decision to detonate a nuclear device underground Monday caught the United States by surprise, officials said.
Another official told Reuters that North Korea gave less than an hour’s notice to the United States that it would carry out the test.
The official said the communist country made “no demands,” and passed on the message that it would carry out the test through diplomats at the United Nations in New York City.
The senior intelligence official said that even after the demonstration at the Punggye nuclear test site, the only evidence of activity that analysts could see in aerial imagery was a “couple of spoil sites,” or large holes.
President Obama’s administration was caught totally surprised. But they wouldn’t have been if they had read the article John Bolton wrote for the Wall Street Journal just five days ago in an article called, Get Ready for Another North Korean Nuke Test
The curtain is about to rise again on the long-running nuclear tragicomedy, “North Korea Outwits the United States.” Despite Kim Jong Il’s explicit threats of another nuclear test, U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth said last week that the Obama administration is “relatively relaxed” and that “there is not a sense of crisis.” They’re certainly smiling in Pyongyang.
…A second nuclear test is by no means simply a propaganda ploy. Most experts believe that the 2006 test was flawed, producing an explosive yield well below even what the North’s scientists had predicted. The scientific and military imperatives for a second test have been strong for over two years, and the potential data, experience and other advantages of further testing would be tremendous.
What the North has lacked thus far is the political opportunity to test without fatally jeopardizing its access to the six-party talks and the legitimacy they provide. Despite the State Department’s seemingly unbreakable second-term hold over President Bush, another test after 2006 just might have ended the talks.
So far, the North faces no such threat from the Obama administration. Despite Pyongyang’s aggression, Mr. Bosworth has reiterated that the U.S. is “committed to dialogue” and is “obviously interested in returning to a negotiating table as soon as we can.” This is precisely what the North wants: America in a conciliatory mode, eager to bargain, just as Mr. Bush was after the 2006 test.
…Even worse, Iran and other aspiring nuclear proliferators will draw precisely the same conclusion: Negotiations like the six-party talks are a charade and reflect a continuing collapse of American resolve. U.S. acquiescence in a second North Korean nuclear test will likely mean that Tehran will adopt Pyongyang’s successful strategy.
It’s time for the Obama administration to finally put down Kim Jong Il’s script. If not, we better get ready for Iran — and others — to go nuclear.
And a shout out to Radio leftard Allison Kilkenny who upon reading Bolton’s WSJ article wrote one of her own, where she called Amassidor Bolton crazy. Way to go Allison, it is Kumbaya thinking like yours and the President’s that puts American citizens in danger.