Jul 7, 2017

North Korea breaking point

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Charles Krauthammer's column in WashPost — "North Korea: The Rubicon is crossed" — details the U.S.' breaking point with N. Korea: "Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road."

The meat: "How many times must we be taught that Beijing does not share our view of denuclearizing North Korea? It prefers a divided peninsula, i.e., sustaining its client state as a guarantee against a unified Korea (possibly nuclear) allied with the West and sitting on its border."

The kicker: "Alas, there will be none. Because, while this is indeed a global threat, there is no such thing as global interests. ... [T]he most likely ultimate outcome, by far, is acquiescence."

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