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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Posted by Jake
danieldrezner.com :: Daniel W. Drezner :: The post-war debate about the pre-war rhetoric -- part III

Drezner tears apart dissembling about Bush's pre-war speeches.

You are correct that Bush states that we cannot know whether the threat is imminent. But the conclusion you draw from that is not supported by the actual text, nor is supported by the context of the debate about war against Saddam. He is arguing that the concept of imminent threat is inapplicable to the problem of Iraq. He is saying that we cannot know if the threat is imminent, but that given what we do know about Iraq, it doesn't matter. He then immediately goes to show why it doesn't matter by saying that if we permit the threat to fully emerge, if we allow the threat to become imminent, we have waited too long.


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