At about 10:20 PM on the east coast this evening, CNN ran a sobering segment on the North Korea crisis which finally detailed what TPM has been telling you for weeks if not months.
You can’t really say the administration has a bad policy on North Korea because in fact it has no policy. Why is there no policy? Because the president has not been able to break the deadlock between the (pro-engagement) State Department and the (pro-confrontation) Pentagon and Office of the Vice-President. And that has led to paralysis. Paralysis or purely reactive gestures. They can’t even find their way to a well-thought-out bad policy because they’re too tied up in organizational incompetence and procedural ridiculousness.
It’s been this way since January 2001 and it still hasn’t gotten resolved. This is why we’re drifting into disaster.
You know it’s really gotta be bad when even the Democrats are willing to stand up mouth some criticisms … Sheesh.
More on the North Korea debacle in a bit.