You may ask, What's the difference between Kim Jong Il and his son, Kim Jong Un. One is "Il" and the other is "Un." But seriously, Un is inheriting a nuclear bomb capability. This alone makes it urgent that we find a solution, a way to drag North Korea from its isolation, a way to engage the Un administration with world affairs. An engaged North Korea would be an easier antagonist to negotiate with.
Steve Clemons has a brilliant idea:
"Now may be the time for Obama, as well as leaders in Japan, South Korea, China and Russia to offer trips to North Korea's political and military elite -- to show them what they could have if they engineered some shifts inside the regime."
Make 'em jealous. Invite various Noth Korean leaders to visit Washington, Tokyo and other capitals. Let them see the beauty, the scientific advances, the engineering blockbusters, the happy neighborhoods, the opulence (yes opulence; our poor live in opulence compared to the average N. Korean). Allow them to participate and become more jealous.
I understand that Kim Jong Un is in his twenties. A youthful guy like this is open to change. Sure, he's been indoctrinated. But it's worthwhile trying to show him the real ways of the world.
I always thought that Steve Clemons was smart. But this idea to get Kim Jong Un involved with all the great achievements of the rest of the world is potentially a game changer. What's more, President Barack Obama is the leader who could brilliantly implement this brilliant idea. Let's go, Obama!