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Bush's Speech Causes 'Shockwaves'

Wednesday, 30 January 2002 12:00 AM

CNN headlined it boldly: The president’s State of the Union Address caused "shockwaves" around the globe.

Most Americans wouldn’t think that was what happened.

Rest assured, on this one CNN was right on target.

By stressing that the U.S. would not sit idly by as rogue nations build weapons of mass destruction, Bush was threatening war.

Bush specifically noted that Iraq, Iran and North Korea were at the top of his bad-guy list.

I have little doubt that these nations see this as nothing less than a war threat.

Already, reactions are rather undiplomatic. Saddam’s vice president has called Bush’s statements "stupid." Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran considers these remarks as interference in its internal affairs." Kharrazi added that Bush was "arrogant."

Our European allies are no doubt shattered by Bush’s comments.

Even the British have no interest in targeting Iraq.

Some Tony Blair critics have claimed that his unusual strong support for the Bush war on terrorism is primarily motivated to keep the U.S. out of a war with Iraq.

Immediately after Sept. 11, the British, along with some in the U.S. State Department, were even suggesting that Iran was a potential "ally" in our war on terrorism.

This was strikingly odd, because any student of modern Islamic terrorism knows that the 1979 revolution in Iran was a starting point for the jihad against the West.

Numerous press reports have also indicated that Iran, with Russian help, is close to building nuclear weapons.

Still, Britain and other European nations that have stood to do big business with Iraq and Iran have wanted to ignore the dangers posed by these rogue states.

But Bush, by naming names, also has decisively put these nations on notice.

I give Bush tremendous credit for doing so.

He knew exactly what he was doing when he listed these nations and made his demand: Stop building weapons of mass destruction.

In his State of the Union Address Bush also did something very unusual for an American politician. He faced this grave future threat squarely.

Clearly, it would have been easy for him to declare an early victory, with Afghanistan vanquished.

The Democrats want him to end the war on terrorism and focus on the domestic front.

But Bush knows that path will most assuredly leave America vulnerable to additional Sept. 11s.

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