No More Mr. Nice Guy

That loud groaning noise heard across northeast Asia this month was the sound of government officials in three countries realizing, to their horror, that President George W. Bush had been re-elected. One of those three is an implacable and longtime American foe, North Korea. Another is a would-be American global competitor, China. And the third is a U.S. ally, South Korea.

Despite their seemingly profound geopolitical differences, the leaders of all three of these countries had harbored scarcely concealed hopes that they would soon be rid of Bush. As the ballots came in, they recognized that they had...

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