With today’s warning by Communist North Korea that the U.S. mainland is within range of its missiles, paired with Islamic dictatorship Iran’s imminent nuclear threat to the U.S. and our allies, two of three named countries in President George W. Bush‘s 2002 axis of evil speech – delivered in the aftermath of jihadists’ 9/11 attack on America – have expanded hostile military weapons capability against the United States. The third, Iraq, went from being a bad secular dictatorship to an Islamic state surrounded by Islamic dictatorships in a destabilized region, thanks to Bush’s asinine non-war – a military incursion for the sake of others – which is not in our nation’s self-interest.

When President Bush uttered the famous phrase, denouncing those three terrorist-sponsoring states as possessing weapons of mass destruction in his January 29 State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, he singled out Iraq for the most severe criticism and I don’t think he used the phrase again. In fact, there was an axis of evil, and his 10-year-old speech got two of them particularly right – Iraq was an anti-U.S. regime which, major weapons or not, we had the right to take down – and a few months after Bush’s statement, then-undersecretary of state John Bolton later added Libya, Syria and Cuba to the axis, also correctly. But when the Bush administration did nothing but wage military non-actions to help others and refused to bomb mosques where the enemy was hiding and, instead, sought to be liked and understood by jihadists, the U.S. lost a crucial drive for justice and retribution. Bush squandered the opportunity to defend the U.S. against Islamic jihad and it became clear that his axis of evil speech was empty rhetoric that emboldened our enemies. His successor, Barack Obama, has similarly acted to appease the Islamic jihad, essentially sanctioning jihadist takeovers in North Africa and leaving North Korea and Iran alone to gather weapons against us. On the contrary, Obama has, like his foreign policy forefather Bush, actively sought to negotiate with Communist Korea and Islamicist Iran.

We see the results: appeasing the axis of evil has encouraged and incited Iran, which I recently wrote about here in what is becoming my most-liked piece on Capitalism Magazine (a shorter version is featured on the Media Research Center’s blog) and placed the United States in grave danger from our enemies. Declaring Islamic terrorist-sponsoring nations ‘evil’ was the right thing to do – but only if it was matched by unequivocal military action that crushed the enemy. Appeasing jihad has instead brought us closer to the brink of destruction. We have Bush, whose axis of evil speech must be regarded as signalling one of the worst foreign policy failures in history, and Obama to blame for putting us squarely in the line of hellfire.