This can — and probably will, considering the political bent of the representatives Newport-Mesa has sent to Congress — be greeted with angry partisan reminders of the evil reign of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and concern that Clinton’s visit will give Kim international stature. For starters, there is the picture — probably on every film and print outlet in the U.S. today — of Clinton towering over Kim, sitting stiffly on straight-back chairs with a half-dozen unnamed people grouped behind them, all in black suits. That picture is guaranteed to give the cartoonists another field day. I can structure it for them: Kim and Clinton, sitting at a table full of empty beer bottles, with President Obama, dressed as a waiter, hovering in the background.
So be it. This whole affair should be looked at with a slightly curled lip. But it should also be looked at as a door ajar — even if slightly — to another prickly world that we must deal with. Flexing our muscle hasn’t worked very well. Maybe we should combine flexing over a round of beers and give civility a chance.