But we invaded Iraq and we’re arguing with Iran

New Scientist has the first report reaching me confirming that North Korea’s claim to have successfully conducted a nuclear test. The predictable international outrage has ensued, with little recognition that the North Koreans have said for a long time, and even “brought in … a group of U.S. scientists, and … actually showed them that they had made plutonium” as part of an ongoing effort to open bilateral talks with the United States. In response to all this, the Cato Institute is urging the U.S. “to encourage China to oust Kim Jong-il’s regime” by promising to withdraw U.S. forces from the Korean peninsula in exchange; however, the Chinese might see this as freeing up forces to reinforce Taiwan.

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