In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush had the political courage to send a stern warning to the nations that represented the greatest threats to the world and America's national security. At that time the "Axis of Evil" included Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
President Bush, who would be mocked for his "cowboy foreign policy", was not afraid to speak from a position of power. The following statements come from his speech:
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. Some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer. Our war on terror is well begun...but this campaign may not be finished on our watch."
The next watch fell into President Obama's lap. He decided, in his words, to approach our enemies, not with a fist, but with an open hand. America would no longer be the aggressor. He said he understood the Muslim world and offered a new era of tolerance and appeasement. Political correctness replaced political courage.
Obama's foreign policy has resulted in the first American ambassador to be assassinated in over thirty years. Iran is months away from its first nuclear bomb and continues to support Hamas and Hezbollah in their fight to destroy Israel. North Korea is testing missiles that can now reach Los Angeles. Al Qaeda and affiliated groups have safe havens in the Middle East and North Africa. Egypt is now under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and Syria may fall into the hands of radical extremists.