Left to its own devices, evil spreads like the malignant cancer that it is. While the tired and hopeless left loves to still excoriate Bush for taking out Saddam, the wisdom of such strategic thinking becomes more and move obvious.
Bush named Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as the axis of evil in his post-911 speech to the nation. Iraq was defanged, North Korea and Iran were left to their own devices, and look where all three are now seven years later. Very bad. Bush dropped the ball on Iran and North Korea, but Obama is giving them the ball.
James Fallows, over at the Atlantic, reports on stories in the Asian press of a meeting between the leaders of North Korea and Burma. The implications of such a development are horrifying.
The reason this would matter is that Burma has arguably the worst government in the world -- and if not the very worst, then right up there with North Korea in having its own concept of "rationality." (This was the government that would not allow outsiders to help the victims of the devastating typhoon/cyclone last year.) And the gist of this report is that North Korea has been working with the Burmese regime on nukes. To this point, the Burmese regime's destructiveness has been visited exclusively on its own country's people rather than against its neighbors. Of course, nuclear weapons can change things.
Of course, any report is suspect. And if there were a Republican in the White House, the propaganda ministers and their media ops would bash any report as warmongering, but their dear leader is in the White House so this will play differently.
And I disagree with Fallows when he says that Burma has "arguably" the worst government in the world. Iran gets that special designation, IMAO.