In a column I penned 10 years ago, I wrote, "The situation in North Korea is just one example of what happens when a government — the United States government — refuses to sit down with another nation, one-on-one, and talk about mutual concerns." I wrote this in response to then President George W. Bush's decision to cut off unilateral talks with North Korea, initiated by his predecessor, President Bill Clinton. The Bush administration said that Clinton's policy of talking with North Korea was not working. Many experts stated at the time that cutting direct talks with North Korea would force them to be defensive and hurry their nuclear weapons capability. Sixteen years later and here we are. If talking to North Korea did not work during the Clinton administration, not talking to them clearly has not worked either.