What The Hell Just Happened In Korea? Ctd

Thomas P.M. Barnett collects his thoughts:

Any subsequent show of force that involves the usual suspects (America, South Korea, Japan) simply gives Pyongyang exactly what it wants: more justification for military standoffs. A game-changer would be to invite the Chinese navy to join in our next joint "peace exercise," because nothing would shut up the Kims faster than seeing its economic patron's naval vessels out there.