Thanks to Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute for coming to speak to my ethics and war seminar at National Cathedral School for Girls on the ongoing crisis with North Korea and its nuclear program. He gave a lucid explanation for where things stand today and how we got there, and then offered gloomy thoughts on the fact that there are no good options. He emphasized two important things, however. First, he noted that because the United States has very little leverage with North Korea on its own, other countries in the region - China in particular - must be brought into the effort to pressure North Korea. Second, he said, given the North Korean regime's unrelenting pursuit of nuclear weapons, the only real way to deal with the situation is for the regime to come to an end. As he acknowledged, of course, that is easier said than done.
Read Nick Eberstadt's advice to the second term Bush administration on dealing with North Korea from the November 29, 2004 Weekly Standard here.