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Words in the News
Wednesday 30 January 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  President Bush
State of the Union address
Summary: President Bush has delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress. He warned Americans that they face continued danger and said that several countries still harboured terrorists or weapons of mass destruction. This report from Tim Franks.
The News Listen  
  Tim Franks: George Bush told Congress and the American people that as he spoke the nation was at war, the economy was in recession and the civilised world faced unprecedented dangers and yet he insisted the United States was stronger than ever. He warned Americans that terrorist training camps still existed in at least twelve countries and North Korea, Iran and Iraq were, as he put it, an axis of evil - regimes which posed a grave and growing danger for which he said the price of indifference would be catastrophic.

President Bush: "I will not wait on events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer. The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

Tim Franks: For that reason the President proposed the largest increase in defence spending in two decades and a doubling of the budget for homeland security. Opinion polls suggest that the level of interest many Americans have in the war on terrorism is beginning to dwindle. The President's speech was in part an extended appeal for the nation to be as concerned as ever.

Tim Franks, Washington

The Words Listen
if something is unprecedented it has never happened before or is, here, the worst of its kind

  as he put it
in the words he used

  axis of evil
places which have links with each other and with unlawful groups

are causing

  the price of indifference
the cost of not taking an interest

  wait on events
do nothing until something happens

  stand by
if you stand by and let something bad happen, you do nothing to stop it happening

  homeland security
precautions to protect the USA

if something dwindles it becomes smaller or less strong


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