As we prepare for the 2013 edition of the State Of The Union Address, let’s wander back in time – back to 2002. George W. Bush was President and his January 29th SOTU has immediately taken on much greater significance.
It was on that January night, eleven years ago, that Bush famously described three countries as the “axis of evil”.
Let’s review his exact words:
“North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.
Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people’s hope for freedom.
Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror. The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison gas to murder thousands of its own citizens, leaving the bodies of mothers huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to international inspections then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime that has something to hide from the civilized world.
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.”
Bush ‘43 was immediately attacked as a war monger, oil thief, and crazy man out to conquer the world with American military force. The popular television program – Saturday Night Live – even got into the act with a Will Ferrell spoof on the US President’s famous three words – axis of evil.
If you happen to be a left wing Democrat and a member of the communist party, you totally agreed with the World Socialist Web Site:
“The State of the Union speech given by George W. Bush Tuesday night was among the most menacing and belligerent in American history. The US president outlined a program of limitless and perpetual warfare, on every continent, and against any regime that stands in the way of the rapacious American ruling class.
Bush threatened to attack Iran, Iraq and North Korea—mentioning the three countries by name. Despite his apocalyptic warnings about “thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder, often supported by outlaw regimes,” these countries had nothing to do with the September 11 terrorist attacks, a fact acknowledged even by the US government.
Instead Bush outlined a new rationale for military action, claiming that Iran, Iraq and North Korea were seeking to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. He declared, “By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger.”
Pretty funny, on the one hand. Incredibly accurate summation by our President on the other. The communists were not available for comment for this piece; they’re much too busy supporting Barack Obama and his Marxist Socialist regime in Washington.
The “axis of evil” became the punchline for thousands of jokes, but President Bush, it seems, may have the last laugh.
As we now know, the war in Iraq, which deposed the infamous Saddam Hussein and his family of barbarians, ended on the terms agreed to by Bush and the newly formed Iraqi government a month before the end of his second term – before Barack Obama officially became the 44th American President. Obama often claims he ended the war in Iraq. History says otherwise.
The war itself was based on constant and ongoing violations of United Nations Resolutions to cease the production of weapons of mass destruction and to allow UN inspectors to monitor their nuclear ambitions. While the Iraqi stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons were NOT found, it’s reported on several fronts that neighboring Syria has suddenly come into quite an arsenal of very similar weapons. Did Saddam Hussein move the damaging evidence? Probably not. He only had a year to do so.
It should also be noted that not one gallon of Iraqi oil was acquired as the spoils of that war, putting to rest the war cry from the left of “No Blood For Oil”.
Iran, in the meantime, has proceeded at a breakneck pace in its quest for nuclear weaponry. The Iranians have declared their right to do so based on false reports of peaceful, nuclear generating plants to provide electricity.
Iran’s Nuclear Power Plant Progress As Graphed By Benjamin Netanyahu.
Oh, and this just in! North Korea just announced the successful completion of their third nuclear bomb test, suggesting strongly they’re very close to completing the mission that George W. Bush suggested eleven years ago – the ability to mount a nuclear device to an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of reaching the United States.
Images: Google Earth
From all reports, they have the missile and now, it would appear quite likely they have the warhead.
Do you think Saturday Night Live will bring back Will Ferrell for an apology to President Bush?
Nahhhh, I didn’t think so either.