China is a civilization pretending to be a nation.
I think Hadley is to Rice as Scowcroft was to Kissinger; not inclined to think or act independently.
The ""Axis of Evil"" was - and is - very real, as the tyrants of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea knew full well.
So be it. God created profoundly fallible creatures on this earth, and human history is mostly the story of error and accident.
Like Afghanistan before it, Iraq is only one theater in a regional war. We were attacked by a network of terrorist organizations supported by several countries, of whom the most important were Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.