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Chapter 4 -- "AXIS OF EVIL"
Chapter 4 -- "AXIS OF EVIL"|
* Frum's initial draft of the (State of Union, "Axis of Evil") speech did not include the reference to North Korea. According to an account by Gerson, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice instructed him to add Iran and North Korea "in order to avoid forcusing solely on Iraq."
* In fact, with so much of the adminstration's attention on Iraq, it appears that North Korea was added almost as a casual afterthought to make the president appear less anti-Islamic... and because Axis of Evil was such a catchy phrase, no one in the administration had raised questions about how it would play in the press, or what in fact it meant.
* Predictably, North Korea reacted with anger. A commentary in the state-run Korean Central News Agency denounced the speech as "little short of declaring a war" on the North... the United States that have pushed the situation to the brink of war after throwing away even the mask of dialogue and negotiation.
* So, (Senator) Biden asked sarcastically, is this a doctrine of preemptive breach of the contract? You expect they're going to violate it and therefore we're going to stop everything now?
* ... but the North Korean diplomat was full of questions. "Why is George Bush so different from his father? Why does George Bush hate Bill Clinton so much? Why does Geoge Bush use such rherotic in describing us? Why are you so suspicious of everything we do? Why do you threaten us?
* When asked about North Korea's leader, Bush declared, "I loathe Kim Jong Il. I've got a visceral reaction to this guy because he's starving his people... They tell me, we don't need to move too fast [against Kim] because the financial burden on his people will be so immense if we try to ___ if this guy were to topple. Who would take care ___ I don't buy that. Either you believe in freedom... and worry about the human condition, or you don't."
* For George Bush, North Korea was not just a foreign policy problem. It was personal.