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Tilting at Windmills

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October 2, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

RED LINES....North Korea crosses yet another line:

With nuclear talks expected in weeks, North Korea said today that it had completed reprocessing 8,000 spent fuel rods and is using the plutonium to make atomic bombs.

But with an eye to a "red line" unofficially drawn by the Bush Administration, a North Korean diplomat said in New York that his impoverished nation would not export its bombs or its bomb-making capacity to other countries.

"We have no intention of transferring any means of that nuclear deterrence to other countries," Choe Su Hon, North Korea's vice foreign minister, told reporters.

Well, that's comforting.

When it comes to North Korea, the Bush administration really has a hard time with red lines, doesn't it? Before long, the "red line" is going to be reduced to nuking anyplace east of the Mississippi.

You know, I realize very well that these guys are brutal dictators, completely untrustworthy, and have broken numerous promises in the past. Honest I do. But even so, don't you think it would have been better to at least talk to them last year instead of practically daring them to keep going? Would it really have done that much harm?

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