Daniel Larison, writing at The American Conservative, makes the case that America would be better served by accepting the limits of its own power, and dealing with the reality that North Korea is already a nuclear state, and that the genie cannot be put back into its bottle. He writes:
The U.S. has learned to accept and deter far more dangerous nuclear-weapons states than North Korea, and there is no reason why it could not do so again. The chief obstacles to doing this are not in Northeast Asia, but are to be found in Washington. There are very few people in Washington that want to acknowledge the limits of U.S. power, and so there are few political leaders or policymakers that want to acknowledge that the U.S. cannot achieve a longstanding goal of North Korea policy. Refusing to recognize that the goal is now out of reach ensures that each new administration will keep trying to do something that it can’t achieve.
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