Dealing with North Korea; Why not with Iran?

Who would you prefer to see your daugther dating? and posted today my commentary, "Why Can't the US Apply Its New North Korea Policy to Iran?" which was published in the Sinagpore Business Times:
May 25, 2006
Why Can't the US Apply Its New North Korea Policy to Iran?
by Leon Hadar
The conventional historical narrative of U.S. President George W. Bush's foreign policy has traced the ascendancy of the neoconservative ideologues in his administration to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the ensuing war in Iraq. The common assumption among analysts is that if it were not for the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the current White House's approach toward the world would have followed the more traditional internationalist stance adopted by former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.
Moreover, most observers assume that the foreign policy hardliners in the Bush administration have focused most of their attention on the Middle East. In fact, that the neoconservatives were emerging as players in devising and implementing President Bush's foreign policy was becoming quite obvious before 9/11 and had nothing to do with Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East.
It was in shaping Washington's policies in East Asia – first on the North Korean issue and later with regard to China – that the neocons demonstrated their willingness to challenge the policies of Mr. Bush's predecessors. Indeed, within days of taking office, the foreign policy hawks in the Bush administration succeeded in making it clear that they were in charge when they humiliated then Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had stated that the new administration would continue the Clinton-era policy of engagement with North Korea by providing incentives to Pyongyang in exchange for verifiable steps to end all military nuclear activity.Read more


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