North Korea, Unruly Teenager

by Patrick Appel

Hillary Clinton, discussing North Korea this week:

“What we’ve seen is this constant demand for attention...And maybe it’s the mother in me or the experience that I’ve had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention don’t give it to them, they don’t deserve it, they are acting out”

Kerry Howley sighs:

You get the sense here that geopolitics is a very elaborate episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 in which one lucky nation will get mommy’s undivided attention for a few minutes, briefly quenching some long-held craving for parental affection. That a U.S. Secretary of State can be deaf to how ignorantly hubristic this kind of thing sounds would be surprising if chauvinistic rhetoric weren’t part of the job description.