John Kerry tried to put George Bush on the defensive in tonight’s debate by faulting Bush’s refusal to use bilateral talks to disarm North Korea. Bush insisted that the US needed global leverage, and shortly afterwards, the BBC provided Bush with some support for his position:
The US and China have said they were confident North Korea will return to six-party talks to end the stand-off over Pyongyang’s nuclear programmes.
US State Secretary Colin Powell said after talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing the format was “what we should be concentrating on”.
Mr Li described the talks as the “only feasible and correct option”.
After excoriating Bush for not working hard enough to build a larger coalition to handle Iraq, Kerry reversed course and accused Bush of too much multilateralism on North Korea. Kerry said he’d hold concurrent multilateral and bilateral talks — which Bush rightly pointed out would cause the multilateral talks to become redundant and the four other nations to walk away. If anyone paid attention to that exchange, China just confirmed Bush’s contentions and his plans for dealing with the NoKos.
When we say Kerry is incoherent and vacillating, this is a great example of what we mean. (via Instapundit)