Mario – Sorry for the delay in responding. I hear what you’re saying and it’s too late in the day for me to scan through the record for quotes. But I could swear that Bush said more than a few times that it would be unacceptable for North Korea to go nuclear. Wasn’t that part of the whole Axis of Evil thing? But you write: “I can pretty much assure folks that the president was told by intelligence estimates from the start that DPRK was headed towards a full nuclear breakout and it was too late to stop them.” If that’s the case why draw a line in the sand — with the full weight of US prestige behind it — if it can’t do any good? What am I missing?