From: "Media Review" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 02:39:07 -0000
Subject: [AM] US going after Iraq, Iran, Korea

Bush points gun at Iraq, Iran and North Korea

January 30 2002 at 10:41AM

Washington - President George Bush warned in his first state-of-the-
union speech that tens of thousands of Osama bin Laden followers
were "ticking time bombs" around the world.

He used the address on Tuesday night to chart a path towards winning
the war on terrorism and curing the recession-bound economy.

In his nationally televised address from the House of Representatives
chamber, Bush identified Iraq, Iran and North Korea as attempting to
develop weapons of mass destruction, calling them "an axis of evil,
arming to threaten the peace of the world".

"As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in
recession, and the civilised world faces unprecedented dangers.

"Yet the state of our union has never been stronger," he said,
prompting cheers and a standing ovation from members of the congress,
top military brass and other dignitaries gathered to hear the

Bush's address was an attempt to use his wartime popularity to
advance his aims of defeating terrorism beyond Afghanistan and his
domestic agenda: a prescription drug plan for senior citizens,
patients' rights protections and a stimulus plan to create jobs and
jump-start the economy with corporate tax breaks opposed by many

In an attempt to escape the shadow of the Enron bankruptcy, Bush
urged more accountability in corporate America as well as full
disclosure and better accounting to avoid a repeat of the collapse
that wiped out pensions for thousands of Enron employees. He did not
name Enron, which was his biggest campaign contributor. The stock
market fell 2,5 percent on Tuesday on fears that other companies
might go the way of Enron.

Bush cited new intelligence saying tens of thousands of followers of
bin Laden had been trained in terrorism tactics in Afghanistan since
1996 and were deployed in more than 60 countries.

"Thousands of dangerous killers, schooled in the methods of murder,
often supported by outlaw regimes, are now spread throughout the
world like ticking time bombs - set to go off without warning," he
said. As for future threats, Bush said diagrams of American nuclear
power plants and public water facilities, detailed instructions for
making chemical weapons, surveillance maps of American cities and
thorough descriptions of landmarks in America and throughout the
world were found in Afghanistan. - Reuters

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