(Forwarded to RiteOn by Guest Editor G.G. of Tennessee)
Today, Iran builds nuclear weapons systems, N. Korea already has a nuclear weapon, and fear that Saddam Hussein had WMD entrapped the U.S. into a long and very expensive war. Meanwhile, the current media and politicians continue to desire peace at almost any price and threaten "isolation" (to oil rich countries like Iran), as a sanction for pursuing atomic (energy) weapons systems.
The U.S. waits to see when and if the belligerent country actually obtains a nuclear weapon and delivery system before contemplating military action to destroy the belligerent's nuclear capability, and allows the belligerents to form weapons supply cartels to further their nuclear missile projects.
If the enemy even agrees to talk to us we consider it a diplomatic victory. G.W. Bush implied after 9/11 any country harboring terrorists would face military reprisal from the U.S, yet Iran supplies terrorists regularly and blatantly, as well as Syria. The standard of proof that a country supports terrorist organizations is "beyond any doubt", and any military reprisal short of that is shortly (and loudly) declared war mongering by representatives of our own Republic. (That is after the heat is off.)
I suppose this is modern diplomacy, but where will it lead us?