As already noted here, it turns out to be false that negotiating separately with North Korea would displease the Chinese government, as President Bush twice stated last night.
But put that aside. There’s a more fundamental problem.
A reader writes:
I believe I heard Bush assure China a veto over our security vis-a-vis North Korea (can’t talk to them if China doesn’t want us to…we need China…etc). I thought he wasn’t going to give foreigners this power?
Of course, Mr. Bush might respond that there are some things that can only be done with the help of other nations, and in those cases the opinions of the leaders of those nations, and even of their citizens, need to be reckoned with if we are to accomplish our goals in the world.
But that’s precisely the “global test” Mr. Bush’s supporters are lambasting Mr. Kerry for considering.