Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) In his State of the Union Address thirteen years ago today, January 29, 2002, President George W. Bush denounced Iraq, Iran and North Korea as countries suspected of harboring terrorists and developing weapons of mass destruction.
The President vowed to fight terrorism and do whatever was necessary to ensure national security.
President Bush said...
"States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger."
The Washington Post, which rates this speech as the 4th best State of the Union Address in presidential history, writes that it "set the War on Terror in motion."
"The 4th best State of the Union address: Axis of evil," by Jaime Fuller, The Washington Post, January 25, 2014, www.washingtonpost.com/
CHINESE-AMERICAN ACCORDS SIGNED
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Thirty-six years ago today, January 29, 1979, Deputy Premier of the People's Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping and Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, signed an agreement which reversed decades of the American government's opposition to communist China.
The signing of the accords came after months of secret negotiations between the two nations. The United States and the PRC agreed to officially recognize each other's governments.
The United States also pledged to acknowledge that the People's Republic is the only legal government of China. Additionally, the U.S. agreed to withdraw diplomatic recognition of the government of Taiwan.
LBJ ASKS FOR $26.3 BILLION FOR WAR EFFORT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Forty-seven years ago today, January 29, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson requested $26.3 billion to be appropriated by the Congress of the United States for the continued war in Vietnam.
LBJ also asked for a tax increase to fund war costs.
The Commander-in-chief had received a positive report on the progress of the war by General William Westmoreland who said:
"...the end (of the Vietnam War) begins to come into view... (today the enemy) is certainly losing. The enemy's hopes are bankrupt."