Toby escorts Tabatha back toward the offices. They encounter Sam, and Toby introduces Tabatha to him. Sam tries to tell her how much he loves her poetry, but Toby cuts Sam off and continues on to his own office. Aww, Toby's all nervous. There's some banter about how much folks in the West Wing like poetry. Tabatha asks Toby who his favorite poet is, and he shyly admits that it is she. He brings her into his office, which he, I'm guessing out of nervousness, explains is exactly sixty-three feet away from the Oval Office. The room is just filled with the aura of awkwardness. Toby finally gets to the reason why he asked her in. They've prepared this big fancy dinner in Tabatha's honor with bigwigs and the press. Tabatha interrupts, "You've gotta sign the land-mine treaty, Toby." Toby's all, "So much for diplomacy." Tabatha...uh...captivates us all with the details that one hundred and forty-two countries have signed the treaty, eighty-four have ratified it, and twelve have destroyed their stocks. The only countries that haven't signed it are the United States and Cuba. Toby explains that the United States actually created the treaty in the first place and the other countries rallied around it. In the real world, it originated in Canada, but a lot of the bills and treaties addressed on this show have been slightly altered for one reason or another for purposes of the story. Of course, this does make America look a bit stupid. Didn't they think about Korea before cheering on a treaty? Toby sarcastically explains that America changed its mind because "we love anti-personnel land mines. We love 'em. And we think America should be in the business of selling them like the Post Office. In fact, the Post Office is the venue we're considering." Tabatha tries to interrupt him, but Toby finally makes it to his actual point. The problem is North Korea. Toby explains, "There are nine hundred thousand North Korean soldiers in the DMZ and the only thing keeping them from walking into South Korea are thirty-seven thousand American troops and about a million mines along the border." Well, gee, why do you even care if they wander into South Korea, since the country must be entirely unpopulated to not have its own standing defense? Oh wait, it does. But let's not let inconvenient facts get in the way of this captivating conflict. Toby explains further that America would sign the treaty if it could get an exception for Korea, but the U.S. has been rebuffed. Who rebuffed them? If America was behind the treaty, then who exactly wrote the terms?
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