The Art of the Bluff

A note to U.S. policymakers: Saddam Hussein was a reckless risk-taker; Kim Jong-il is not.

Issue: Fall 2003

WITH MAJOR combat operations in Iraq consigned to the history books (we hope), the United States can now give greater focus to North Korea's rogue regime. Kim Jong-il has captured public attention as a dangerous lunatic in the Saddam Hussein mold, and therein lies an error. Kim is not the next Saddam. This has serious policy implications, for the U.S. strategy that removed Saddam is not the most advantageous way to deal with Kim.

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