Not crazy, says Bush-era diplomat Victor Cha – just calculating:
(It) is possible to be both rational and belligerent. In North Korea’s case, belligerence is part of a calculated effort to win concessions of food, fuel and political recognition – an effort that has repeatedly paid off. A study I recently directed at the Center for Strategic and International Studies examined negotiations dating back to March 1984 and found that every North Korean provocation has been followed, sooner or later, by talks, many of which led to goodies for Pyongyang.
In the cool light of retrospect, there is time to wonder how the rabid dog got rabies. When he’s at your throat, however, the most compelling question is, how do we put him down?