They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

N Korea tops class at Bolton school of diplomacy

Commenting on US concerns [extreme discomfort, fear, panic, powerlessness] over the reported imminent test firing by N Korea of an ICBM North Korea's deputy chief of mission at the United Nations expressed a desire to resolve the issue "through discussions". John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, pointed out the following:
"I've noted that the North Korean (deputy ambassador) here has said actually what they want to do is talk to us if we're so concerned with it," Bolton told reporters.

"I must say you don't normally engage in conversations by threatening to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles..."
The N Koreans may be forgiven for thinking that it is just this sort of 'diplomacy' that the Americans understand. Remember it is the U.S. which refuses to remove the nuclear strike option from 'the table' in their dealings with Iran, whilst at the same time offering to negotiate in direct talks if Iran suspends all enrichment activity. What's more it was Bolton himself who bragged to British MP's just how easy it would be 'take down' the Iranian 'nuclear operation' via military strikes:
According to Eric Illsley, a Labour committee member, the envoy [John Bolton] told the MPs: "They must know everything is on the table and they must understand what that means. We can hit different points along the line. You only have to take out one part of their nuclear operation to take the whole thing down." Link
As the Guardian stated - It was unusual for an administration official to go into detail about possible military action against Iran.