Susan Rice, a Brookings Scholar and former deputy Secretary of State in the Clinton Administration, published this op/ed in Friday's Post.
Rice, a frequent critic of President Bush's foreign policy, especially toward North Korea, summed up her position and offered this advice:
"The president should recognize that rolling back North Korea's nuclear program is more important to U.S. national security than any principled objection to direct negotiations or tacit ambitions to change that odious regime. He should immediately propose high-level, bilateral talks and personally confirm that the United States has "no hostile intent" toward North Korea. In exchange for the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programs, the United States should offer security guarantees, economic ties, fuel supplies and diplomatic relations."