The Political Interest: A Rung on the Ladder to War

A Rung on the Ladder to War

Confused by the threat to impose sanctions on North Korea? Wonder why the shrewd (or mad) father and son who rule Pyongyang would scrap their nuclear- weapons program in the face of measures that have had little effect on less menacing dictators? Join the club.

Sanctions are a fashion, rising or falling like hemlines, depending on who's running things in Washington. Bill Clinton's reflexive faith in their efficacy is hardly surprising, since he is the No. 1 proponent of the post-cold war's leading fallacy: economic might counts far more than military clout. The quintessential domestic President, Clinton sees everyone as he...

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