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