The preliminary report delivered on Thursday by the chief arms inspector in Iraq forces the Bush administration to come face to face with this reality: that Saddam Hussein’s armory appears to have been stuffed with precursors, potential weapons and bluffs, but that nothing found so far backs up administration claims that Mr. Hussein posed an imminent threat to the world.
— The New York Times – October 3, 2003 (Emphasis mine)
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, emerging from a briefing with Kay, said it was “clear to me that there was no imminence of a threat for weapons of mass destruction,” as the White House had claimed.
— The Boston Globe – October 3, 2003 (Emphasis mine)
Michigan Democrat Sen. Carl Levin told CNN: “We went to war because we were told by the administration … (that) he (Saddam) was in possession of weapons of mass destruction and he was an imminent threat.”
— Reuters – October 3, 2003 (Emphasis mine)
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? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.
— President Bush’s State of the Union Address – January 28, 2003
Note that the President did not argue that Iraq posed an iminent threat. Iraq may not have had plans to attack the United States with biological weapons. However, as the President argued almost 10 months ago, by the time a threat is iminent it may be too late. It is simply foolish to assume that someone who has the ability to create weapons of mass destruction, supports terror, and has expressed a desire to destroy the United States would not ever do so. Yet now the media wants us all to believe that the Bush Administration took a position which they clearly did not take. It is clear that the media is acting in a kind of groupthink in which certain ideas are taken as true despite the fact that they are not. The ideas that Iraq is a failure, that Bush argued that Iraq was an imminent threat, and that the Kay Report says there are no WMDs in Iraq. None of these are true, and the more the media accepts these arguments on a prima facie basis the less credible they become.