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Common sense on the definition of "imminent".(6 posts)

Common sense on the definition of "imminent".czardonic
Jan 30, 2004 2:10 PM
"Meanwhile, if the White House didn't itself introduce "imminent" into the lexicon of war-boosting, it certainly didn't mind hearing it used. On Jan. 26, 2003, when a CNN reporter asked, "Is he [Saddam Hussein] an imminent threat to U.S. interests, either in that part of the world or to Americans right here at home?" White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett answered: "Well, of course he is." (http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9869)

Asked, if the threat "imminent", the White House concurred.
Would you say that statement was false?TJeanloz
Jan 30, 2004 2:31 PM
"Is he [Saddam Hussein] an imminent threat to U.S. interests, either in that part of the world or to Americans right here at home?"

I'd say that SH was an imminent threat to U.S. interests "in that part of the world".

"at home?" No.

But in "that part of the world" I think Hussein was a constant, imminent "threat" to U.S. interests.
I'm not affiliated with the White House (nm)czardonic
Jan 30, 2004 2:34 PM
to US Interests?, yes...to US security? No... (nm)ColnagoFE
Jan 30, 2004 3:18 PM
The question was interests, not security (nm)TJeanloz
Feb 2, 2004 6:08 AM
tomorow, next week, next yearrufus
Jan 30, 2004 3:37 PM
the definition's a bit fuzzy.