Kelly Responds

Issue: Nov-Dec 2008

THERE IS agreement between Ambassador Bolton and me on some important things. But our differences lie in whether wishful rhetoric will be preferable to a set of poor alternatives. Mr. Bolton mostly criticizes recent and past diplomacy. My focus is on approaches that the new president’s team might consider.

Confronting the DPRK’s version of military-led totalitarian dictatorship has been a long story of frustration. “Eliminating the regime,” as Mr. Bolton calls for, is a hope, but the quick ways to effect that elimination can be risky, dangerous and costly.

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