re: "Today's Reading Assignment"
"Bolton's advice will fall on deaf ears. The Foggy Bottom crowd is now firmly in charge of U.S. security policies, and the career diplomats--along with the White House--have staked their reputations and legacies on the Six Party deal. Never mind that Kim Jong-il is up to his usual tricks."
CAA is presently slogging through Amb. Bolton's book. It's entertaining and occasionally has some fascinating tidbits, but a lot of it is so "inside baseball" as to drag through much of the early chapters.