God knows–I don’t–what the U. S. should do about North Korea (a question nobody ever asks of Paraguay or Finland), but isn’t the latest quote from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton precisely the kind of dismissive, dead-or-alive “cowboy” foreign policy rhetoric we were going to drop once the Bombastic Bushkin retired to his Dallas cul-de-sac? Quoth Clinton of that isolated prison-nation:
“What we’ve seen is this constant demand for attention…And maybe it’s the mother in me or the experience that I’ve had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention — don’t give it to them, they don’t deserve it, they are acting out”
As it happens, I actually agree with Clinton that Kim Jong whazzisname does seem to act like a spoiled brat, albeit a scary one with a huge army and nuclear ambitions. And I’m actually in favor of more stick and less carrot with the frizzy-haired, Hennesey-swilling dictator who reportedly owns more than 20,000 movies, assuming we have any money left for those nuke-preventing sticks. But Clinton’s gibe sounds just like something we’d hear in the Bad Old Days from Condi Rice or Don (the future McNamara) Rumsfeld. What happened to hitting those reset buttons?