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  •  It would move the North from brink. Really? (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, cryonaut

    Every time the North Korean's have done this they've been rewarded with all kinds of aid and yet they continue to follow the same policy rather than adhering to any agreement reached.  

    So, why should the American government continue down the same failed path with a government that will agree only to what it wants without ever compromising.

    •  Nope (0+ / 0-)

      They've never been rewarded with direct talks, which is what I'm proposing.

      And you're forgetting that the North Koreans have also been repeatedly hit with the US sanctions, including late last year. I'm proposing a change in path: more engagement towards the North Korean government. Your comment is what characterized the failed path of the past. Your comment's reasoning is the exact same one adopted by the Bush administration and the Obama administration with "strategic patience."

      "It is, it seems, politically impossible to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to prove my case -- except in war conditions."--JM Keynes, 1940

      by randomfacts on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:31:31 PM PDT

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      •  "Rewarded with direct talks" (3+ / 0-)
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        Sparhawk, Kickemout, cryonaut

        Why should we reward them? To face this crisis again in 6 months? NO...I say keep sanctions in place and appeal to china thru back channels. Refuse to even acknowledge him until the saber rattling stops, and if by chance he provokes a small scale war, make sure our response is swift and Lethal.

        •  That's was mishima's wording, not mine. (0+ / 0-)

          Since you seem to be latching onto the word "reward", I only used it because mishima used it. I'm proposing direct talks period, and my point is that it would be a departure from the past because we've never offered it before. It's not a reward in any sense.

          And I'm just not willing to risk a "small scale" war, because it has too high of a chance of escalating into an all-out nuclear exchange, which would result in the deaths of tens of millions of people. Surely no reasonable person would be willing to risk that.

          "It is, it seems, politically impossible to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to prove my case -- except in war conditions."--JM Keynes, 1940

          by randomfacts on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:58:50 PM PDT

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    •  This is not a tried path... (1+ / 0-)
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      randomfacts

      And when it comes to thermonuclear war all paths should be tried.

      We're not saying give them a ransom!  Just "talk" to them.  The fear of communication is insanity to me.

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