Here's a head scratcher.
Last week in Cairo, President Obama said with regard to a nuclear Iran, "No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons."
Yet Kurt Campbell, speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, said something quite different.
Campbell, who was nominated by President Obama as Assistant Secretary of State for Eastern Affairs, said, "If confirmed, I would use close bilateral and trilateral coordination with Tokyo and Seoul to make clear that neither the United States nor its allies will accept a nuclear North Korea."
The Obama Administration can say it won't accept a nuclear North Korea while jumping on a giant pogo stick. It doesn't change the fact that North Korea is already a nuclear nation and has worked with others to develop nuclear technology (i.e. Syria) not to mention selling it to others who might not have the best of intentions.
In order for the Obama Administration to make such a declaration meaningful it has to be directed to a nation that is not yet nuclear. Iran is such a nation. But Obama won't make such a declaration against Iran because he's too busy condemning Israeli settlements. Besides Obama doesn't want to offend the Muslim world.
Imagine the pickle Obama would be in if North Korea were a Muslim country.