Carol Platt Liebau: A Modest Diplomatic Proposal

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A Modest Diplomatic Proposal

Kim Jong Il is clearly insane, and so it may require unusual diplomatic methods to get through to him. Clearly, not much seems to be working at present, thanks in large part to China and Russia. (It would be interesting to see what Peter Beinart would have to say about the potential for "moral leadership" emanating from the international institutions like the UN).

CNN reports that the "Dear Leader" is a huge fan of Michael Jordan's. So why don't we arrange for his hero to call the dictator and tell him to knock it off? Who knows? Maybe he's just crazy enough to listen . . .


Blogger Dittohead said...

I don't want to ruffle any fair weather feathers here but, I mean the guy isn't invading another country and killing tens of thousands of people under the banner of "they hate us for our freedom.

One can only wonder what we would do if we needed to fill our stomaches instead of our SUVs with cheap fuel.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

How much ARE you willing to pay for a gallon of fuel?

9:29 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

But he claims to have nuclear warheads (Thanks Bubba and Jimmy!) and he's test firing long range missles against the will of the entire world community.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Perhaps those on the left would prefer to simply ignore this threat as well.

Just how right was George Bush when he named Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as the Axis of Evil?

He was dead on! (No pun intended)

10:52 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Wow Greg, thats like me saying a wooden barn is a fire hazard then I sneak in the middle of the night, set it on fire and everyone says I'm a wise sage.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

It's interesting that I haven't heard of ANY criticism of our missle defence system, like they ridiculed President Reagans, "Star Wars" program. Maybe Reagan had a good idea after all!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Reagan's SDI was scrapped. Try googling it.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Scrapped because Congressmen on your side of the isle voted to de-fund it!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Should we scrap our current
missle defence system also?

6:33 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Don't know. They keep throwing money at it and it doesn't work yet. Two or three month ago GOP lead congress cut back on funding, saying other threats were more realistic, for examply a personal dirty bomb.

Keep in mind Sen Stevens from Alaska chairs military appropriations and sends a ton of money to his state every year.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

If the United States were hit, or almost hit with a missile, should we continue
to test and eventually perfect our defence system?
(As America, you know that we have the know-how to build such a defence, and hopefully our secrets will not get sold to our enemies like the previous administration did.)
And what does Sen. Stevens have to do with it, other than his Senatoral position?

6:53 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

A chairman has alot of control over bills.

Regardless, the program will cost hundreds of billions and perhaps over a trillion. At the end of the day, some think the system could be easily fooled by counter measures.

So Congress has to look at it and other programs and figure out what use of money provides the best security.

There is a deterent that anyone nuking us will get blown off the face of the earth. However as more and more nations go nuclear, there is a higher probability something will go wrong. So best bet would be for everyone to disarm. US's position has been everyone disarm except the US.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

"So best bet would be for everyone to disarm. US's position has been everyone disarm except the US." Yea, that's a smart idea! Would you rather trust China, North Korea, or Iran with nuclear arms, or your OWN country?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

One good idea would be to outspend them, and put them out of business, like president Reagan did. That was a brilliant idea, and it worked very well too! Not a shot was fired.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


Mikhail Gorbachev had more to do with reforming the Soviet Union than anything Reagan did. Although, they had a good respectful relationship.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I never thought I'd say this, Ditto, but you almost make a good point here:

"Wow Greg, thats like me saying a wooden barn is a fire hazard then I sneak in the middle of the night, set it on fire and everyone says I'm a wise sage."

You are right that George Bush was merely pointing out the obvious, which the previous administration did not or would not do. How could they? That would mean admitting they were duped.

But your analogy fails with the sly inferrence that Bush somehow ignited this situation.

6:02 AM  

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