[imText1]President Bush gave state of the union address on Wednesday as his administration entered its second term. Many people paid special attention on what Bush would say in regards to North Korea. Many were worried if Bush will be too harsh on North Korea, but now they are interpreting Bush’s mere mention of North Korea as Bush’s will to solve nuclear problem with North Korea.
In his entire speech, the only thing Bush said about what American will do with North Korea was, “We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists.” However, Bush’s remarks are not enough to predict whether America will have a hard-line policy or soft-line policy toward North Korea.
Bush’s state of the union address focused more on the domestic matters than international matters, for the first time in a long time. The ratio of domestic to foreign the speech consisted of was about 7:5, where domestic matters was addressed more than international matters. Bush’s remarks on the domestic matters was a declaration that his administration will maintain policies closer to free market economy principles, which were the center of the dramatic growth of the US economy after Reagan.
Success Experience of Democracy, Assured to be Realized throughout the World
If President Bush’s remarks on international politics are to be summarized in once sentence, it could be “Report on Success of the US war in Iraq.” One third of the Bush’s remarks on international matters focused on Iraq.
Although US won the war with Iraq, it has been criticized that it has not won the politics. On January 30, high number of voters in the presidential election in Iraq became clear evidence of American success in Iraq. It has come a proof that even the people in the Middle East long for democracy and that it is possible to establish a democratic government in the Middle East. Bush has taken this kind of experience as American success and has articulated that America will spread democracy throughout the world.
President Bush said that the number of regimes that sponsor terror or harbor terrorists are decreasing but they cannot get out of the American sight and they will pay the price for what they have done. “They could attack our allied or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic. … And all nations should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation’s security.”
President Bush mentioned Syria and Iran among the Middle East nations, but made clear that his foreign policy is a worldwide strategy by saying, “ Together with friends and allies from Europe to Asia, and Africa to Latin America, we will demonstrate that the forces of terror cannot stop the momentum of freedom.”
From the beginning, the second term Bush administration changed the term “Axis of Evil,” which stands for terrorists supporting nations, to “Outpost of Tyranny.” There is a difference between axis and outposts in how they must be dealt with. Unlike “axis,” “outposts” can become clear targets to be attacked for destruction.
The term “tyranny” also made clear that America’s target for war against terrorism has changed from “those nations making nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction” to “nations that make its people suffer.” As sure as he can be, President Bush has declared, “We are witnessing landmark events in the history of liberty.”
“Events like monuments in the history of freedom” refers to Afghanistan and Iraq that was able to elect their own president according their free will and Libya that became friends with the Western world for the first time in decades.
Bush further declared, “And in coming years, we will add to that history.” It is not a question that North Korea is included in the list of the countries Bush administration would try to add as the monuments in the history of freedom.
(Lee Chun Kun / vice-President of Center for Free Enterprise)