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Former National Security Advisor for the Obama administration, Susan Rice, had stern words for the Trump administration on its “unprecedented and especially dangerous” reaction to North Korea testing nuclear-capable ICBMs in tandem with belligerent saber-rattling at the U.S.

Rice took to The New York Times editorial pages to lay out her case that the U.S. should come to accept a nuclear North Korea.

“History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” Rice wrote.

“What is unprecedented and especially dangerous this time is the reaction of President Trump,” she continued. “Unscripted, the president said on Tuesday that if North Korea makes new threats to the United States, 'they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.' These words risk tipping the Korean Peninsula into war, if the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, believes them and acts precipitously.”

On CNN, however, Susan Rice readily admitted that the stay-the-course U.S. foreign policy from the Clinton administration onward had done absolutely nothing to curb the rogue communist state's nuclear ambitions.

“You can call it a failure,” she told CNN. “I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.”

“The fact of the matter is, that despite all of those efforts, the North Korean regime has been able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile,” Rice added. “That's a very unfortunate outcome. But we are where we are. And we now need to decide how to proceed.”

Referring to the international relations development of a merciless, unstable regime acquiring nuclear weapons is not “unfortunate,” it reflects a lack of realism among political leaders to prevent it from happening.

If there is any nation on that planet that doesn't need nuclear weapons, it's North Korea. Yet, here we are, in an escalating situation that could lead to war — and against an enemy of the United States that is growing more capable of dealing intolerable damage by the day.

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