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Your Imminence

continue to this day."
eorge
So much for immediacy.
Tenet
Tenet received more flak on Feb. 5,
should be
2004, after a speech at Georgetown
worried.
University when he said prewar intelli-
As CIA director
gence
"never said there was an immi-
for the better part of
nent
threat."
two presidencies, his
The phrase "imminent threat" doesn't -
organization has
mean anything in this case. Pick up a
been under fire for
transcript of the 2003 State of the
HARRY
lapses in intelligence
Union
address, read seven paragraphs
KIRSBAUM since 9-11.
past
those
16 words and you'll find:
Columnist
Until now, any criti-
"Some
have
said we must not act until
cism of the Bush
the
threat
is
imminent.
Since when have
administration's han-
terrorists and tyrants announced their
dling of all things war-related has been
intentions, politely putting us on notice
met with angry rebukes by conservatives
before they strike? If this threat is per-
complaining about Bush-bashing by the
mitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all
liberals.
actions,
all words and all recriminations
Enter_ Bill O'Reilly.
would
come
too late. Trusting in the
On Tuesday, during a segment of
sanity
and
restraint
of Saddam Hussein
ABC's Good Morning, America, the
Fox News commentator and head of the is not a strategy, and it is not an
option."
"No-Spin Zone" apolo-
War was on Bush's mind back then,
gized to viewers for giv-
and
it didn't matter what people said.
ing the administration
I was sold on a pre-
the benefit of the
emptive
attack from
doubt that Saddam
statements
made by
Hussein's weapons of
Secretary of State
mass destruction posed
Colin Powell the week
an imminent threat.
before.
He also questioned
According to
why Tenet still had his
Tenet
Newsweek,
he warned
job.
a
French
official
that
Tenet has been taking flak since
time
was
running
out
assuming responsibility for the 16-word
Bush
for Saddam Hussein.
statement in Bush's State of the Union
"Inspections will not work," he also
address on Jan. 28, 2003: "The British
told
reporters.
government has learned that Saddam
Something
had to have scared him
Hussein recently sought significant
enough
to
make
him think in terms of
quantities of uranium from Africa."
an
imminent
threat,
and if this reluctant
The president also used intelligence
warrior
was
convinced,
who was I to
reports to imply that the Hussein matter
disagree?
couldn't wait, and had to be addressed
Powell has been relatively invisible in
immediately.
recent
weeks, but I have to wonder if he
Now that Saddam Hussein is in an
is
as
angry
with the Tenet excuse as he
"undisclosed location" not of his choos-
should
be.
ing, Bush's tone changed during this
I've noticed that beginning with the
year's State of the Union address.
Clinton
administration, if someone in
"Some in this chamber, and in our
power screws up, only an apology is
country, did not support the liberation
necessary to keep their job. Fess up, look
of Iraq," he said. "Objections to war
contrite and keep collecting your pay-
often come from principled motives.
check
But let us be candid about the conse-
It happened in 1993 with Attorney
quences of leaving Saddam Hussein in
General
Janet Reno after the bloody
power. We're seeking all the facts —
siege
of
fanatics
at Waco, Texas, and it's
already the Kay report identified dozens
happening with Tenet, but that doesn't
of weapons of mass destruction-related
make it right.
program activities and significant
And when comedian-peace activist
amounts of equipment that Iraq
Janeane
Garafalo seems to know more
concealed from the United Nations.
than
the
head of the CIA, heads should
Had we failed to act, the dictator's
roll.
weapons of mass destruction would



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