Paul Saunders points out that
Paul Saunders points out that how we deal with Iraq and North Korea sends a signal to "tomorrow's Saddams." He writes,
Unfortunately, if anything is certain in international relations, it is the fact that the subtleties of one?s own decision-making process are rarely understood by others?sometimes including even close friends and allies. Al-Qaeda made a profound miscalculation along these lines in concluding from the American withdrawal from Somalia that the U.S. was incapable of serious military intervention abroad. Hostile regimes (including Pyongyang) may similarly view excessively delicate handling of North Korea as a sign of American weakness when confronted by nuclear weapons.
The focus needs to be on Iraq right now. As Saunder writes, the U.S. has allies in the Middle East who will accept war. That's not the case in East Asia. Also, an Iraq with nuclear weapons would be more inclined to let them be handed off to Islamist terrorists. A defeated Iraq would certainly send a message to Pyongyang.
"Iraq, North Korea, and the Law of Unintended Consequences"
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