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This is not the first time we've heard this. Cheney's comments about the latter years of the Bush administration are consistent with what former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton wrote in his 2007 book, "Surrender Is Not An Option." In it, he wrote,I do think what we have seen [in North Korea] is an example of how provocative American weakness can be. And I think that unfortunately it is policy of weakness that has expanded back into the Bush administration -- into the last years of the Bush administration. . . . We have seen time and time again North Korea -- if they test a nuclear weapon, there are no consequences. . . . And what they have learned is that their belligerence, in fact, oftentimes yields from us capitulation and concessions.
Sadly, the baby, it seems, is developing nukes.the state of play at this writing is that the permanent government has triumphed over Bush, or at least over his principles. This is a far cry from the Bush who said to Putin at Camp David in October 2003 that Kim Jong-il was "like a baby who throws his food on the floor," so that the adults come around to pick it up, whereupon the baby throws food on the floor again."
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