In regard to the North Korea standoff, did it ever occur to our government to offer to lob food instead of nuclear bombs?
It is widely reported that North Korea, which has suffered food shortages since its founding, is now having the worst famine in 16 years. Applying economic sanctions to a starving nation with a despotic leader only backs them further into a corner. Working with China to offer food and agricultural assistance could produce an outcome acceptable to both superpowers. A less desperate North Korea might be persuaded to back off, and China can keep the buffer it needs from our heavily armed ally South Korea.
David Bernhardt, San Luis Obispo