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Posted by Mogli on April 11, 2003 at 08:31:05:
In Reply to: Re: Wheres the WMD? posted by Melmac on April 11, 2003 at 07:02:01:
Surely the whole point of the axis of evil speech was that the countries listed were on GW Bush's hit list? Iraq was first. The Project for the New American Century cites GW's speech which clearly goes beyond chasing terrorists to pre-emptive action.
Below is a partial quote from a page on PNAC - link below - it's scary stuff and there's lots more where that came from:
The president named three such regimes, North Korea, Iran and Iraq, which, he said, "pose a grave and growing danger." So much for our previous diplomatic efforts with North Korea. So much for the claim that Iraq has been successfully kept "in a box." So much for our new "constructive" relationship with Iran. No. These regimes constitute a growing danger, the president asserted -- breaking definitively with the complacency of his predecessor and the wishfulness of his own State Department. And "time is not on our side."
The president did not shy away from drawing the implications. He would not "wait on events, while dangers gather." He would not "stand by, as peril draws closer and closer." And then, in the most significant sentence spoken by an American president in almost 20 years: "The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."
It's worth noting that the word "terrorism" entirely disappeared from this, the climactic paragraph of the speech. Of course, it's true that the dangerous regimes that are developing weapons of mass destruction also support terrorism, so a nexus of terror and weapons of mass destruction exists. Still, this second aspect of the war on terror goes beyond terror. It is a war against dangerous tyrannies seeking weapons of mass destruction. And it will be a preemptive and unilateral war, if necessary.