Axis of Evil
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The Axis of Evil was a list of countries that George W. Bush has philosophical and ideological differences with but has a problem coming up with legitimate reasons to resolve the differences by force. It was a short list of the usual suspects (Iran, Iraq, and North Korea), who had pretty much nothing to do with each other until they all ended up on the list. Later on Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba declared themselves to be an "Axis of Good," although this was probably tongue-in-cheek. The phrase was coined for Bush's 2002 State of the Union address by White House speech writer David Frum, who left to spend time with his family after his wife stole Bush's thunder and e-mailed the Internet that David had written this glorious God-delivered phrase.
The "Axis of Evil" speech was a particularly effective bit of speechifying: it caused Iran to release "brutal" insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and send him back into Afghanistan to make trouble. Mission accomplished!
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- ↑ What his advisors told him, really, as he can't seem to think coherently.
- ↑ The Washington Independent: Amb. Crocker: Putting Iran in the ‘Axis of Evil’ Led Them to Release Brutal Insurgent Leader 11 June 2010