The Washington Post opines (in a ‘news’ story) that if it weren’t for George Bush calling out Kim Jung Il as part of the Axis of Evil that everything would have been a lot better now.
In Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, a speech designed to shift the political debate from a battle against al-Qaeda to a possible confrontation with Iraq, the president mentioned North Korea, Iraq and Iran and declared: “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. . . . In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.”All three issues came to a head in 2003: The United States invaded Iraq and discovered no weapons of mass destruction*; North Korea began to obtain weapons-grade plutonium from fuel rods that had been under international observation; and Iran disclosed that it had made rapid progress with a previously secret uranium-enrichment
*unless you count the ones we noted here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and apparently they won’t let me put any more links here.
so…here they for you to cut and paste: