We’ve been played by North Korea over and over again, and our leaders have given us false reassurance time and again as well. Fox News’ James Rosen has done a good little rewind showing how we got into the awful situation we are in today with the North Koreans.
America is smart. But America, because we are separated by an ocean from most of the rest of the world and border on only two countries – one of which is a lot like us (sorry Canada) – we have trouble getting in the minds of other nations. And so we think they can be trusted, like we can be.
At least, our leaders and the intellectual class do. I’ve noticed that average Americans tend to be more hard headed and suspicious about the motives of foreigners than sheltered, multicultural Ivy Leaguers. That’s why Republicans, who have understood foreign threats like communism a little more clearly, still get elected, despite lectures to average voters from the media other of their “betters.”
Although, let’s be honest, George W. Bush wasn’t much of an improvement with respect to North Korea over Bill Clinton.