George Bush, the US president, has delivered his annual State of the Union address, laying out his goals for his remaining months in office. Much of the focus, though, now is on the race to see who will replace him in the White House, and his words are unlikely to carry the same resonance in history as those of six years ago.
 
Then, the president famously defined his "axis of evil", depicting Iran, Iraq and North Korea as nations pursuing weapons of mass destruction while repressing their own citizens.
 
What has happened since? What mark will the war with Iraq and US policies towards Iran and North Korea leave on the world after Bush has left office? And just how momentous will those three words prove to have been?
 
Inside Story investigates.

This episode of Inside Story airs on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
 

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