He’ll be going to the UN next

Did Bush just give China a veto on our security policy as regards North Korea?

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?

Good point.

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.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. Crawling to Beijing for Approval

    Mark A. R. Kleiman:I believe I heard Bush assure China a veto over our security vis-a-vis North Korea. … I thought he wasn't going to give foreigners this power? … Of course, Mr. Bush might respond that there are some

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