Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Friday, January 09, 2004

Imminent or greatest and most immediate threat? 

While I'm on the topic of bringing up the past, it might be worthy to note that in a September 19, 2002 presentation to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Donald Rumsfeld didn't say Iraq was an "imminent threat", but the greatest and most immediate threat: "no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people than the regime of Saddam Hussein and Iraq."

Still, I think it's funny that supporters of the invasion and occupation have tried to justify the invasion by making much noise that Iraq wasn't claimed to be an "imminent" threat. Never mind that the White House's National Security Strategy urges that "We must adapt the concept of imminent threat to the capabilities and objectives of today's adversaries."

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