The fact is there are too many crises, foreign and domestic, for the Administration to manage. The best course of action is for the Administration to ensure the strength of the ROK/US Alliance to provide the foundation for President Park to continue the execution of her policy of trustpolitik. The US is just not going to be able to effectively deal with north Korea at this time given all that is on the Administration's plate. But this is a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. If we do we are likely to again be taken to the cleaners by the Kim Family Regime as we have in the past because we are so distracted. If we do not we will be blamed as the north continues its blackmail diplomacy and the development of its nuclear program. If I could make one recommendation if would be for the President to sign a finding to target the north's financial activities to pressure the regime and force it to deal with the ROK, undercut the legitimacy of the regime among the elite as it will lose the ability to provide luxury goods, and perhaps most important the loss of access to its illicit funding activities will hinder the development of its nuclear program.
Of course as a superpower we should be able to manage all these crises but apparently at this time we are unable to.