Meanwhile, Matt Yglesias notes that Afghanistan, too, is going to Hell in a handbasket. And, thanks to being tied up in Iraq and having terminally annoyed most of the countries we ought to be able to draw on for help, there’s not actually a whole lot we can do about it.
If you were Kim Jong Il, wouldn’t you think this a propitious moment to force a confrontation with the US?
[Update: Matt says Kim is already doing so, by going ahead with his nuclear program, and we just aren’t confronting back.]
And aren’t you glad we got rid of all those foreign policy amateurs from the Clinton Administration and turned our national security over to a team of seasoned professionals who know what they’re doing?