Those of us who comment on U.S. foreign policy are deeply indebted to President George W. Bush for his State of the Union reference to North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as an "axis of evil." Never before have three simple (if not simplistic) words spawned so many editorials, fed so many talking heads, and inspired so many protest placards. The only thing missing thus far is an associated scandal, which would of course be immediately dubbed "evil-gate."
PacNet #9B – U.S.-North Korea: “Axis of Evil” Revisited
March 1, 2002