this is a little scary, although i guess it’s mostly common sense. if neither side backs down, we are headed to war in north korea. i suppose the shifts in american foreign policy that have taken place in the last couple of years don’t really take on significance until they are exercised. like preemptive invasion and preemptive nuclear strike. didn’t the idea of preemptive use of nukes get shut down during the reagan years? well it’s back and it’s policy. (at least i think it is. all i know is that it keeps showing up as a subject of concern, usually buried somewhere between the laci peterson update and the bra adds).