Some reports say that North Korea may carry out a nuclear test on September 9, the anniversary of the country’s founding, if there’s not more progress in the current standoff by then. I’m torn between believing that North Korea is willing to push the boundaries of reasonable behavior and remembering that the North Korean government is not always grounded in reality.
In any case, the Washington Post reports that “Bush may give in on non-aggression.” Bush keeps denying that anything like that is on the table. We’ll see.
I’m just hoping Bush isn’t using John Wayne as his model in this one. When a cowboy doesn’t draw fast enough, or faces down the wrong black hat, the cowboy is the only one who suffers. You don’t see so many movies where the cowboy gingerly talks down a guy with a bomb that can blow up the whole town.