Over 11 years ago, President Bush really riled up the left by referring to the "Axis of Evil" in his State of the Union address. He named three governments that were sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction: Iran, Iraq, and North Korea.
Based on intelligence that said Iraq had already obtained WMDs, the U.N. sent inspectors into Iraq, but Iraq would not comply with the requests made by the inspectors. After 9/11, Pres. Bush committed, in essence, that the best defense was a good offense, and that the Americans would not be attacked on their home soil again on his watch. As such, he gave Iraq an ultimatum: Comply with the U.N. inspectors, or we will invade. We all watched the hours tick down to the deadline that was given, and then watched as our troops crossed the border into Iraq. Ten years after the "Axis of Evil" speech, the U.S. finished withdrawing its troops from a free Iraq.
Question: What type of a threat does Iraq pose to the U.S. and the world today?
The greatest threats to the world today are (who would have guessed it?) Iran and North Korea. All of the headlines today are talking about how yesterday, North Korea had a successful test of a nuclear weapon that initially registered as an 4.9 earthquake. The news has set China and Japan and the rest of the world including the U.S. on edge.
Even Iran called for an end to the nuclear arms race after a successful North Korean test, which would be comical if it weren't so scary. Iran has been working feverishly to obtain nuclear weapons themselves. The U.S. and others threaten them to stop, and they say they will... and then we find out that they have just kept on building the nuclear weapons. Over and over again. Our old ally, Israel, said today that Iran is closer to the nuclear red line and that they are accelerating their efforts.
The two nations that are currently creating the biggest headaches in the world are North Korea and Iran. (One does have to ask himself: Wonder what Iraq would be doing today if it hadn't been invaded 10 years ago?) Bush, as we have found out over and over again, was right on the money when it came to terrorism. We see it with situations like Guantanamo, where Obama promised to shut it down, and yet it's still open in his fifth year of his presidency... because that was/is the best way to deal with suspected terrorists. We read that it was the tactics that Bush put into place that led U.S. intelligence to track down Osama Bin Laden. There has not been a successful terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Bush may not have been perfect, but the way he dealt with terrorism was extremely effective. He took the fight to the terrorists.
The current administration, on the other hand, has chosen to deal with Iran and North Korea the way that some parents deal with their children: "Hey, stop that. I said stop that. I really mean it. No, this time I really mean it. Alright, I'm going to count to three. 1... 2... 2 1/2... 2 3/4. I'm serious. Okay, if you don't knock it off, you're really going to be in big trouble. Okay, how about this? If you knock it off, I'll give you some ice cream. Doesn't this look good? Please knock it off. Alright, now I'm really serious. I really mean it. This time is for real. Knock it off! Oh, well... Kids will be kids."
And two-thirds of the Axis of Evil laughs.
It won't be funny though, when our lack of Bush-era tactics of a good offense ends up culminating in another attack on the U.S. and the world. Pres. Obama has ridden the Bush anti-terrorism wave just about as far as it can go. It's time for the U.S. to get serious in finally dealing with the other two members of the "Axis of Evil" (a term I can guarantee you won't hear in the State of the Union tonight.)