On Nuclear Weapons

I heard about the North Korean nukes on the BBC World Service this morning on the way to work.

I can’t say I was surprised.

I can say I was disappointed.

Not in the North Koreans–we knew what they were up to since the mid-90s.

I was disappointed in the President for treating the North Koreans like dirt.

If he had followed the stratgey laid out by the Clinton administration–unilateral talks and technological assistance designed to take away the advantage of having nuclear weapons–and followed the advice of his own Secretary of State, Colin Powell, the North Koreans wouldn’t have announced they had nuclear weapons today.

But Bush II has a pathological hatred for anything out of the Clinton playbook.

Bush II looked the North Koreans in the face, called them idiots, called them evil, and now they have the nuclear bomb because they want to be protected from us.

I’m disappointed in our government.

I’m disappointed in the fifty percent of America that voted for Bush this time.

I’m disappointed in the forty-five percent of America that voted for Bush last time.

Bush may call his style “Texas diplomacy,” but it’s the diplomacy of the schoolyard bully. Pick on a kid long enough, and if he’s smart enough he’ll find some very clever ways to make you regret the tauntings. That’s what Bush’s Texas diplomacy is. We’re the bully. North Korea is the taunted kid.

And it’s why I won’t sleep soundly tonight.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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