North Korea’s missile, launched last night, reached a height of 93 miles, soaring for just one minute before breaking apart and falling into the Yellow Sea. The Obama administration’s policy of outreach toward North Korea has suffered roughly the same fate.
Earlier this year, some commentators enthusiastically greeted the “Leap Day agreement,” in which American food aid was exchanged for North Korea’s halting its nuclear program. One former South Korean ambassador hailed it as “the first major step forward taken by the two countries since President Obama came into office” and insisted that the deal “says a lot about the way the Kim Jong Un regime is going to operate.” Of course, last night’s launch says much more about the way the new leader will operate. Meet the new boss, evil and manipulative as the old boss.
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