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More Bush Administration Capitulation on North Korea?

8:55 AM, Oct 10, 2008 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
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We have detailed in this space many times the Bush administration's thank-you-sir-may-I-have-another diplomacy on North Korea. The more provocative and defiant North Korea acts, the more likely a State Department concession or even reward. And so it goes over the last 48 hours.

BBC headline two days ago: "North Korea 'Building Atomic Warhead." AP headline yesterday: "Diplomats: North Korea Bans United Nations staff from Yongbyon Nuclear Complex. Boston Globe headline yesterday: "North Korea reported to fire short-range missiles into the sea."

And the "consequences" for such defiance and provocation? BBC headline today: "US-North Korea nuclear deal close." And from the AP: "Sources: US nears removing North Korea from terror list."