Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Axis: Bold As, Um, Something Or Other

In his infamous State of the Union address in 2002, Dubya labelled Iraq, Iran and North Korea an "Axis of Evil" and said:
The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons.
Let's assume for the moment that he was right (I know, I know), and that those were the world's most dangerous regimes and that they did constitute an Axis of Evil.

Just short of 5 years later, how's he doing? Well, he has (1) invaded and disastrously occupied the first country, which didn't have the world's most destructive weapons, and wasn't working on building or acquiring them, let alone threatening us with them, (2) permitted the second country to accelerate its efforts to build the world's most destructive weapons, which would directly threaten our interests, and (3) permitted the third country to actually build and test one of the world's most destructive weapons, constituting another direct, and more immediate, threat. Oh, and (4), blamed Clinton for all of it.

Is that the maximum possible error? People talk about Dubya playing high stakes poker with this stuff. I think that's way beyond his capability. It's more like a shell game, with the trick being to figure out which shell(s) has a nu-cu-lar weapon under it. Dubya is 0 for 3, but we're the suckers.

Wait! Wait! Lemme try one more time! Dang!

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