The biggest reason for the obscurity of our policy on North Korea, however, is that there is no good solution to the problem. The Democrats have been downright irresponsible here–refusing to lay out a realistic policy option of their own. Josh Marshall and the rest of the Democrat chorus keep calling for negotiations, yet they fail to confront the barriers. Marshall want us to agree to agree to bilateral negotiations with the North Koreans to “test their openness” to a resolution of the crisis. Test their openness? Sure, the North Koreans are open to more bribes and security guarantees. But the North Koreans are also open to continuing secret work on their nuclear program, despite any paper agreements.