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.
The most effective way for the U.S. to help achieve a stable balance of power in the Korean Peninsula is not by sending more war ships, but by providing incentives to the Chinese to stop making excuses for the North Koreans.
As nation builders, the Kim dynasty is a train wreck. But as the managers of a very lucrative family business, they are obviously brilliant. Maybe there is something after all to their title, "Great Leader."