Monday, November 18, 2002
Handwringing: A great point about the general European view of American-style engagement. But nuclear capability is still a galvanizing force. Look at South Korea - certainly, as I mentioned below, in North Korea's nuclear penumbra. They joined the U.S. in cutting oil shipments to Pyongyang. A few months ago South Korea was channeling France in its denunciation of American truculence. Now they're willing to risk further alienation of their northern counterpart by joining our hard line. Imagine, for example, the new flexibility in the French position if the Basque announced nuclear capability.