The Bush Administration, bless its secure and undisclosed heart, wasnâ€™t good at much. But it was awesomely awesome at one thing.
No one, and I mean NO ONE, could needlessly insult foreign nations as skillfully as the Bush Administration.
The all-time classic, of course, was when Bush responded to the 9/11 attacks by calling Iran, Iraq and North Korea an â€œAxis of Evilâ€ that needed to be stopped before it threatened â€œthe peace of the world.â€
Nevermind that neither of the three countries had anything to do with 9/11, much less one another. It was a great put-down, and, gosh dangit, Bush wasnâ€™t gonna cut such a zingy zinger out of a speech because of something as silly as factual accuracy.
Axis of Evil wasnâ€™t the Bush teamâ€™s only quality put-down. Who can forget the time Rummy dissed European leaders who opposed the Iraq war as â€œOld Europe.â€ Aww, snap! Nevermind that the U.S. has spent every day since then begging â€œOld Europeâ€ to commit more money and more troops to U.S.-led missions around the world.