When the North Korean leader decided to openly violate the agreement to cease producing nuclear arms that his father had signed with the Clinton administration, he did a great deal to justify the inclusion of his country in the "axis of evil."
"The United States will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force - including through resort to all of our options - to the use of WMD against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies," the president's memo emphasized.
The IDF is held captive by empty rhetoric, and no one is willing to stand up and shout that this rhetoric is false. To paraphrase the words of Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, perhaps it is necessary to sear the understanding into the chief of staff's consciousness that this is not the way.
Israel is the world's most threatened country. This gloomy conclusion was the main message delivered by experts at the Herzliya Conference on the Balance of Israel's National Strength and Security this week.
One should hope that the terrorist act in Kenya will arouse the Western states. As al-Qaida's attack on September 11, 2001 made Americans recognize the danger of world terrorism, the Mombasa attack should wake up the states which have not yet internalized the need to join this important war against those who are out to get them.
The decision to bring in seven new members clearly reflects the end of NATO as a military organization and its transformation into a political club. After all, what military contribution can Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria make to wars waged or planned by the United States?
The inclusion of Syria on a list of states threatening the U.S. is surprising, especially since September 11, 2001, high-ranking U.S. officials have often praised Syria for its contributions to the war against international terrorism.
So taken aback was the United States administration by the statement of North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kang Sok Joo that it took the Americans 12 days to recover, make it public and issue a response.
The IDF is convinced it has the politicians in the palm of its hand over the home front, and that there is no chance it will have to give an account of its policy and the way it allocates its resources.