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Unformatted text preview: iscourage unilateral South Korean action. 25 All of these statements seem very prudent, even unavoidable. In fairness, I do not discern another course the United States could have followed. However, it does not build credibility or trust among allies. In short, unless the North Korean challenge grows much more severe, and arguably, even if it does, the United States is unlikely to enhance its credibility by the ways it responds to the challenges it currently faces there. Next Test: The Middle East This brings us to Iran. The president has consistently stated—both as a candidate and since taking office— that an Iran with nuclear arms is “unacceptable.” 26 Shortly after his election in November 2008, Obama declared that “Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon” is “unacceptable.” 27 In February 2009, he repeated that statement, saying Iran “continue[s] to pursue a course that would lead to [nuclear] weaponization and that is not acceptable.” 28 In March 2010, after a meeting with Europe...
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