What an amazing moment this is. The North Koreans have stopped their mad provocations and have knuckled under to the administration’s insistence on multilateral talks. The Chinese may even do what needs to be done to get rid of Kim Jong Il (although we sure can’t count on that). The Democrats are in disarray. Deeply discredited by their waffling and opposition on the war, they are praying for an economic meltdown. The media is embarrassed and discredited in the eyes of many for its anti-war bias. Fox News has surged massively, while all the others are playing catchup. Chirac is backtracking, the axis of weasels is in danger of breaking apart, and French businesses, especially wine makers, are feeling the heat of American displeasure. The president’s popularity is high. Yes, I know Bush #1 lost after his Gulf War success. And Republicans are having a tough go of it in a closely divided Senate. All things considered, though, it’s time to stop, take a look around, and smell the roses (or newsprint, as the case may be). This is a very happy moment.