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The “Imminent” Claim

About David Kay’s report on WMDs in Iraq, the New York Times’s David E. Sanger writes, “. . . nothing found so far backs up administration claims that [Saddam] Hussein posed an imminent threat to the world.”

Here’s what President Bush said, in his State of the Union address, January 28, 2003, shortly before he took us into Iraq: “Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations will come too late.”

If you’re interested in a handy way of knowing what the president himself has said, in the months and years since 9/11, try NR’s new compilation, “We Will Prevail”: President George W. Bush on War, Terrorism, and Freedom, available here.

How’s that for a little item that combines Times-bashing and salesmanship?


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