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Bush's "axis of evil" included Iran, Iraq, and North Korea (darker red).
"Beyond the Axis of Evil" included Cuba, Libya, and Syria (orange). The United States is dark blue.

Axis of Evil is a term first used by US President George W. Bush in his State of the Union speech[1] on January 29, 2002 to describe the governments of Iraq, Iran, and North Korea. He used this term because he believed that they backed terrorism and were trying to buy weapons of mass destruction.


  1. "President Delivers State of the Union Address". Office of the Press Secretary, United States Federal Government. 29 January 2002. Retrieved 2012-07-26.