NORTH KOREA's ability and willingness to set off a nuclear device of some sort is being blamed on a failure of American diplomacy. Never mind that Kim Jong Il's survival depends on the continued support of China, or that Russia has consistently refused to support moves to pressure North Korea to end its bid to become a nuclear supplier to the world's jihadists. When it comes to failed diplomacy, there is blame enough to go around.
But when it comes to failed economic policies that produce failed diplomacy, the buck stops in Washington. It is the economic policy of the Bush administration that has hobbled its efforts to veto North Korea's application to join the nuclear club.