This really takes the cake! The Bush administration in its infinite wisdom has banned the export of luxury items to North Korea. Most of the high-tech goodies are actually made in China or elsewhere in Asia, so unless Bush is willing to blockade NK (and can convince the Chinese to agree to it), this policy cannot harm Kim, and only serves to point out how shallow and ineffectual our current foreign-relations programs are. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061129/ap_on_go_pr_wh/nkorea_ipod_diplomacy [Broken] This administration has a severe problem that has long-term implications for all of us. They stick labels like "terrorist" or "evil" on foreign governments, and then in a feigned show of moral absolutism, they refuse to engage in diplomacy with those countries because they are "terrorist" or "evil". Nice Catch-22! In the absence of dialog, divisions grow sharper and deeper, and any opportunities we might have had to encourage cooperation and make small gains here and there are squandered.