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 Post subject: The Bush Administration is Caught Half-Way Across a Bridge
PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:26 pm 
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SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH DAVID FRUM

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1 ... 12,00.html
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The Bush Administration is Caught Half-Way Across a Bridge

President George W. Bush's former speechwriter David Frum coined the phrase "Axis of Evil." In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE he accuses the White House of serious mistakes in Iraq and in the war on terror.

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SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Frum, five years ago you coined the now world famous term "Axis of Evil."

David Frum: A presidential speech is always the work of many hands. When the president makes the decision to accept it, these are his words. We were in the middle of a very big debate. Did the United States and the Western allies have a problem with al-Qaida, or did they face a larger threat from Islamic extremism combined with weapons of mass destruction? The president took the view that this is a bigger problem, that we are dealing with a whole network of countries who together will develop over time access to terrible weapons. He was trying to broaden people's focus in that speech.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Apparently it was intended to evoke memories of the Axis Powers in World War II.

Frum: In my mind there was a very precise World War II analogy. President Roosevelt believed that Nazi Germany was much more dangerous than Japan. He saw the broader implications. But when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, many isolationists thought we could not afford to deal with Germany. After 9/11 the administration realized that the United States faced a broader problem: Islamic extremists ...

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1 ... 12,00.html

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