shoe's on the other foot
Was reading the following just the other day:. . . "How will North Korea perceive an attack on any given day?" asks Anthony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here. "The options tend to be ones of provoking general war."
For Japan and South Korea - both strong US allies and home base to thousands of American troops - this makes the military option a nonstarter...
- from For US military, few options to defang North Korea
by Mark Sappenfield (Christian Science Monitor)
Which, of course, reminded me of this Oval Office conversation recently reported in the Onion Radio News
: Our metrics show there are too many military unknowns. Until we know more about the unknowns we don't know, we don't know. The more unknowns we know, the more we know there may be more unknowns, you know. Bush
: Vzzzah? Condi
: I think what the Secretary of Defense is saying is that we don't know enough. We need more information before we can act. Rummy
: I like your shoes, Condi. Condi
: And apparently the Secretary likes my shoes. Bush
: Me, too. Nice shoes. Condi
: Thank-you. Found them at the Fifth Avenue Ferragamo last September. They were having a sale. Bush
(snickering): Heh-heh. Fire-sale? Rummy
: That fire-sale was going on a few Septembers back. My guess is this was a flood-sale? Condi
(drily): Very funny, Mr. Secretary. Sir-- Bush
: We know each other better than that. You can call me 'Mr. Bush.' Heh-heh. Condi
: Mr. Bush, I need to know your position on North Korea. If military options are out, then we should be negotiating, don't you think? Bush
: Just jokin'. You can call me 'George,' 'Dubya' or even 'Temporary' if you want. But should we really be negotiatin' with this guy? I mean, his hair is funny.
(Yes, this conversation really happened exactly as reported above.)