Negotiating with these regimes has been proven futile time and time again. How many more resolutions would need to be passed before someone decides to go in there and do something about it? How many more concessions will be made to North Korea before the international community realizes that they are liars, scammers, and terrorists?possibly, or perhaps if the Bush administration was more open to negotiations things would have been different.... Unfortunately we will never know the answer to that one
We will let it go. What we're doing now can be likened to post-WWII Japan. We needed to help them rebuild themselves so that they would not see militant conquest as the only viable way of obtaining resources. Now Japan is an ally and a trade partner. That doesn't make them part of our "empire." The US gave up their imperialist experiment in the early 1900's.In essence I see your point but it smacks of empire building in my mind. But once again only time will tell if we ever truly let go of Iraq. But keep in mind my statement about people complaining about Obama's apologies wasn't really trying to tie them into this debate but simply to state that a good portion of the general public seem to be saying that because he may be construed as appearing weak that we should be afraid of these nations attacking us. And if the population of the most powerful nation in the world gets scared because we are appearing weak we are either A. not as powerful as we think we are and are beginning to recognize that fact or B. just have a general distaste for admitting wrongdoings and somehow find it distasteful.
When India, and especially Pakistan, obtained nuclear weapons it was a clear signal to the international community that these weapons can lead to unforeseen consequences as they proliferate to weaker, less stable regimes. 9/11 showed us that non-state actors can indeed pose a major threat to the interests of the United States and the international community.Only observation. The international community has in general kept a close watch on nuclear ambitions ever since the cold war. While I cannot claim any evidence that anything was particularly ramped up (beside quoting a myriad of articles that more or less just seem to be overly dramatic in order to sell news better) I do believe the relative silence regarding their nuclear ambition is evidence enough that at least before the invasion of Iraq the powers that be (in terms of a nuclear watchdog) were not really making a lot of noise re: Iran and North Korea's nuclear ambitions. I'm not saying it was non-existent.... just no where in the volume of news regarding that issue as we got after the invasion.