The Bush Doctrine and the 'Axis of Evil.'
The Bush doctrine, like anything else this administration dreams up in Dick Cheney’s mad scientist laboratory, was flawed from the beginning and it was executed in the worst way possible. So you want to deter nations from threatening America, what do you do? Oh, yes, let’s go after the weakest country that may or may not have weapons of mass destruction. What would any of us have done if we were the leaders of North Korea or Iran?
Since the United States has never attacked a country with nuclear power, the message the Bush invasion of Iraq was sending to the rest of the world was, ‘if you don’t want the US to ever attack you, better ratchet up work on that nuclear bomb!’ To make matters worse for the US, the Iraq war went awfully wrong. In fact, that is a gross understatement; the Iraqi invasion has been a total disaster for not only US foreign policy but to our credibility as the world’s remaining superpower. Sure, there may be ‘rogue nations’ out there, but there are not stupid. Everyone watches TV, they see our troops bogged down in the Iraqi war, they see our options are few, and they are taking advantage of it. From Sudan’s arrogant refusal to let UN peacekeeping forces in to Iran’s flaunting of the UN resolution to North Korea’s nuclear test, the axis of evil see the mighty power bleeding and they are taking all the advantages they can.
One might ask, if all these came about because we called them the axis of evil, would they now act differently if we changed it and called them axis of good instead? It is probably too late. Our competent administration has refused to hold direct talks with either Iran or North Korea and as you can see it is working great so far! Critics of President Bush like to bring up the accusation that he is dumb, but this is not about being brainy. I am sure we have had C students who did quite well as presidents. The problem with Bush is that he lacks the curiosity necessary to be a good leader and he lacks the ability to learn from mistakes (Case in point: Rumsfeld is still in charge and we ll continue to ‘stay the course’ in Iraq). A more competent administration would have understood that the world is not black and white, diplomacy is complex but works when you dedicate the necessary time and resources. This administration has always taken the easy way out. In Iraq it was easier to invade than to pressure the Saddam regime to allow back UN inspectors. With Iran and North Korea, it has been easy not to hold direct talks instead of doing so and we are paying the price.
So, if it is true that North Korea has finally acquired the Nuclear bomb, it is only a matter of time before Iran says it has one too. Finally, it is clear for the world to see that the Bush doctrine has failed woefully and made the world a much dangerous place than before. But wait, I am mistaken, why should Bush be blamed for this? He has only been in office for six years. If my recollection serves me well, according to apologists of this administration, everything should always be blamed on the Clinton administration, so there you have it, once again its Bill Clinton’s fault!
President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address
Bush’s Blunder in North Korea
U.N Considers Response to North Korea
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As the 2006 election approaches, the truth is that Bush now needs the terrorists just as much as the terrorists need Bush. If Bush and the Republicans are out of office, a new administration and the Democrats may look for a more rational way of fighting terrorism beginning with leaving Iraq…
Friday, October 20 – Fool Us Once..OK, Fool Us Twice
Two years later, another election looms, so what is the administration and Republicans to do? Well if you guessed pulling their playbook from 2002 and 2004, you guessed right! It is once again time to call Democrats weak on national security and to remind Americans that we are at war for an indefinite period of time against an enemy we cannot see or totally get rid of, so you need to once again stay the course. But will the strategy work again or is it getting too old?
Monday, October 23 – Congratulations Senator Macaca! The Price We All Pay for Extreme Partisanship.
On Wednesday, November 8, the rest of the nation is going to wake up and wonder why Senator George Allen could be re elected to office after all the Macacas, Niggers, Pork Chops and Tax Filings. But we here in Virginia are not going to be surprised. All across America, the phenomena will be repeated. Republicans will win elections not because they have demonstrated competence, but because some Americans will rather vote for an incompetent, corrupt, out of touch Republican than vote for a Democrat who is competent, qualified and ready to change Washington…