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Thursday, January 08, 2004
I found this report stating that Iraq's WMD program was not an imminent threat.

That would be well and good if the Bush administration had ever claimed that Iraq was an imminent, "We're going to kill you in two hours" sort of threat. That claim was never made.

The administration was in a difficult spot leading up to the war. It would be difficult for Rumsfeld or Wolfowitz to explain why it was important to establish democracy in the Middle East, and why Iraq was the best starting point. Most people didn't want to hear it, because it was too complicated. Ours is a soundbite world and a lengthy explanation doesn't always work for Joe Schmoe.

More later...

EDIT: Here's the quote that got the whole "imminent threat" business jumping. From the State of the Union address, the President says:

"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?"



This link has the goods on the imminent threat business. Paul Krugman had a coronary trying to nail Bush for making the claim. As you'll read, the claim just didn't happen.
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