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The term "axis of evil" was used by George W. Bush in his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, referencing to "States like" North Korea, Iran, Iraq and "their so-called terrorist allies". 
It is a prime example of conservative deceit and disinformation. The three countries were supposedly linked in their sponsorship of terrorism and their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. The term was chosen to remind older listeners of the Axis Powers of World War II, which consisted of Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy. In actual fact, there were no ties at all among the three countries although Bush tried to pretend there were ties (in fact, Iran and Iraq were enemies), and at the time, none of them had weapons of mass destruction. Later, in response to Bush's ending the negotiations begun by Bill Clinton, North Korea proceeded to build and test a nuclear device.
The speech was designed to gain support for the Bush Administration's plan to invade Iraq. The subsequent invasion proved that Iraq had long before abandoned its program to develop weapons of mass destruction.
Refusal to negotiateEdit
The Bush Administration refused to negotiate with North Korea to cement diplomatic gains made during the Clinton Administration, and would not resume negotiations until seven years later, after the North Koreans had already developed a nuclear weapon. The Decider had demonstrated once again the futility of a stubborn refusal to face reality. Perhaps history will remember the Axis of Evil as Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for their unilateral invasion of another country, their use of torture on suspects held without charge and their frequent use of lies to mislead the American people.