From Global Research
North Korea’s detonation of a nuclear device reveals the latest failure of the foreign policy of the George W. Bush and Richard Cheney administration. When Bush and Cheney took office in January 2001, they inherited mature negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang designed to achieve the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. At that time, Bush and Cheney took the momentously wrong decision to abandon the non-proliferation negotiations with North Korea that had been in place for six years in the vain hope that the regime of Kim Jong-Il would be nice, do the right thing and decide voluntarily not to develop nuclear weapons.
Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld followed this same pattern in developing their foreign policy for the Middle East. They inherited advanced peace negotiations between the Barak government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but the Bush-Cheney White House chose, instead, to abandon the Middle East peace process. The results? 9/11, 7/7, the Madrid and Bali bombings and two wars between Israel, the Palestinians and Hizbullah.
Still unable to bring themselves to exercise diplomacy, the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice administration is now preparing to broaden America’s military activities in the Middle East in anticipation of a wider, more engulfing and, perhaps, even global war - World War W.