From the New York Times editorial, “North Korea Blinks:
The breakthrough came when North Korea stopped insisting on one-on-one talks with Washington. The Bush administration wanted a broader regional meeting. The invasion of Iraq may have given North Korea second thoughts, but pressure from China was probably more significant.
Maybe I’m missing something but this strikes me as just blanket assertion and petulance on the part of the Times. After all, even if China’s pressure was “more significant” than victory in Iraq in convincing the North Koreans to change their tune (I don’t believe it for a moment), what proof does the Times have that the pressure from China wasn’t also the product of our victory?