[Note: This post originally appeared at Often Right, Rarely Correct. - Ed.]
There is quite serious doubt, to the rational follower of U.S. foreign policy, in the Bush Administration's ability to distinguish political goals from national interest. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in it's nuclear non-proliferation policy, or lack thereof. The case of North Korea (or Democratic People's Republic of Korea) shows us that the Bush Administration's adherence to ideology gravely endangers our nation and its allies.
In 1994, North Korea pledged fidelity to a framework wherein it agreed to freeze its plutonium enrichment program. This framework persisted until 2002 and George W. Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil" speech. Shortly after that speech, President Bush accused North Korea of having a secret uranium enrichment program and pulled the United States out of the agreed framework. Thus freed, North Korea unfroze its plutonium enrichment program. Four years later, they tested a nuclear bomb made from plutonium.
Note very carefully how they did not and have not tested any bombs made with uranium.
It is now apparently clear that North Korea never had a uranium enrichment program to begin with. Not only that, but -- as the linked-to article makes clear -- U.S. intelligence agencies doubted the veracity of President Bush's claim at the time he made it. And so, now that North Korea has tested a nuclear weapon made from plutonium, the Bush Administration has softened its position and negotiated a deal nearly identical to the agreed framework of 1994.
By adhering to ideologically or politically appealing lines of thought, the Bush Administration actually endangers national security. By pursuing a strategy -- if one may be a bit liberal with the word -- that is emotionally and psychologically appealing, they have actually made the world a more dangerous place. The "party of national security" managed, in six years' time, to make the country less secure than it was during the Clinton Administration by this one policy towards this one nation.