Have we completely forgotten what diplomacy is or how to use it? Our relationship with North Korea is almost nonexistent! What gives us the idea that we have any leverage at all or that we present any real threat to North Korea at all? As of this moment the only country that has any power to influence North Korea diplomatically is China. As our own anemic economic recovery is demonstrating that we may not be such a safe place for foreign investment, China has already begun to look toward diversifying to other deficit economies with better fiscal management. What purpose would be served by acting against an ally of China when we are in such a tight corner fiscally and diplomatically? China is anxious about its huge investments in our government bonds. Further holding the hard line on North Korea and further alienating one of China's allies does not appear to me to be a very wise diplomatic decision at this moment in time. NB post today's vote: who knew a bill like this could get the entire House of Representatives to vote in unison?! Only 1 No vote?