Iraq and the Issue of Imminence

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The failure to find Iraq-s weapons of mass destruction has produced heated controversy over the adequacy of US intelligence as the basis for pre-emptive war. George Tenet-s CIA never said the threat from Iraq was -imminent,- and that has been the accepted standard for pre-emptive attack. But President Bush says, in this age of terrorism and nuclear weapons, waiting until the threat became -imminent- would have been waiting too long. Was removing Saddam Hussein the right thing to do, even if the intelligence reports were all wrong? Has Pakistan-s worldwide sharing of nuclear secrets made it a far more -imminent- threat than Iraq ever was? We get perspective from experts in national security, domestic policy, and foreign affairs.
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CIA Director George Tenet's remarks about Iraq's WMD

President Bush discusses Iraq in 2004 State of the Union address

David Kay's testimony to Congressional Intelligence Committees (October, 2003)

Olympic Football (soccer)



Warren Olney