With the War on Terrorism lasting about 5 months, it has moved on from Afghanistan to many other locations.
In his State of the Union speech on Wednesday January 30th, President Bush said that the war was not over and that we should not expect a short war on terror. President Bush and the rest of the United States are now looking at other countries such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
"By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic,” Bush said.
President Bush singled out Iraq, Iran and North Korea as being the main possible producers of weapons of mass destruction. The "axis of evil," as Bush called them are not being shunned out of the United States. “We’ll tell you what we think, and we’ll tell you we’re ready to discuss these issues,” Boucher said referring to the discussions between Iraq, Iran, and North Korea with the United States. Diplomacy itself is about to change.
Is America ready to fight a war against multiple enemies should the need come? “When we’re called upon by the president to do whatever, we’ll be ready to do that,” General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a press conference.
The countries that Bush singled out are not taking his words lightly. “This statement of President Bush is stupid and a statement that does not befit the leader of the biggest state in the world,” Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said. North Korea also voiced their opinion about being called an "axis of evil." In one of North Koreas newspapers it was written that President Bush's words were merely "loudmouthed threats" meant to justify U.S. military presence in South Korea. The future