Lamont Colucci debuts new column, ‘From the Heartland’

Lamont Colucci, associate professor of politics and government, has debuted a new column, “From the Heartland,” on the online news organization Newsmax Media.

The first article, “The Troika of Tyranny Is the New Axis of Evil,” examines the impact of President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union speech, wherein he coined the term “axis of evil,” and how the concept continues to play out in the face of new national security concerns.

“President Bush clearly affirmed, ‘States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world,’” Colucci writes.

“In 2010, the ‘Axis of Resistance’ was declared by Iran, Syria and Hamas, the very entities that drink at the same evil wellspring that President Bush warned against.

“The United States hit back forcefully this month when National Security Adviser John Bolton proclaimed his ‘Troika of Tyranny’ speech at the Freedom Tower in Miami, calling out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.”

The column ends with Colucci’s analysis of Bolton, as he suggests, “National Security Advisor Bolton made a bold and dynamic statement in line with the noblest expressions of American foreign policy. Americans should rally to this, and condemn real evil when we see it.”


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