You would think the blue ribbon panel which poured its 'portentious' and 'ponderous' knowledge on advising the course of US policy towards the Korean peninsula, would have done its homework better.
Consider using China to do America's dirty work and diplomatic do diligence with the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea aka North Korea]. Had it forgotten the classic mistake of 20 century Kremlinologists of assuming that Moscow could control Mao Tse Tung and resistric his ambitions of ruling China? Apparently, no one thought that by simply substituting Beijing for Moscow and Kim Jong il for Mao, China could and would work miracles for the US.
Evans Revere tried shaming the Chinese by bringing up the sinking of the 'Cheonan' which occurred whilst Kim Jong il was going to visit China. The Chinese did not take the bait.
Revere like his kind is quite good at flawed thinking.
Since the CFR report on Korea was written before the sunken 'Cheonan', Revere, Pritchard, and Synder--the triumverate who presented the Report to members of the Korea Society, it became another stick to beat the DPRK over the head with.
As a professor Kim of City University of New York pointed out, the panel would best be advised to hold their tongue until a full investigation had been carried out. Even though Dr. Kim personally thinks that North Korea is blamable, the hotly debated matter in South Korea makes it an open question.
As GuamDiary has observed, the Task Force's recommendations had cleared the field for confrontation with the DPRK, and this on the eve of the 60 anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War on 25 June 1950. The Task Force has but one objective in mind to force North Korea to comply with US demands, plain and simple.
Speaking of lost horizons and wishful thinking..........