Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Reuters Again
Reuters reports on Hans Blix's interview in which he argues that Saddam had no WMD, but hinted he did to deter his enemies. Halfway through, the reporter asserts,

Before ordering the invasion that toppled President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), President Bush (news - web sites) referred to an imminent threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as a prime justification for war.

To the best of my recollection, President Bush's exact words were

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.

Maybe Reuters is thinking of some other speech, but they don't provide any reference, link, or evidence. Here in bloggerville, we don't go for that. For contrast, the AP and AFP don't make that assertion.

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