September 28, 2002 |
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy led Democrats yesterday in a spirited attack on President Bush's Iraq policy, reflecting growing frustration about their inability to restrain the President's drive toward military confrontation with Saddam Hussein. In a nationally televised speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, Kennedy said Bush "has not made a convincing case that we face such an imminent threat to our national security that a unilateral, preemptive American strike and an immediate war are necessary.
February 6, 2004 |
CIA Director George Tenet declared yesterday that his agency's analysts "never said there was an 'imminent' threat" from Saddam Hussein. President Bush used the urgency of the threat Iraq posed to the United States as the reason to launch an invasion of Iraq. Tenet, stepping briskly into a heated battle over blame for faulty assessments of the danger from Hussein, acknowledged that the CIA might have overestimated some of Iraq's weapons programs, particularly its quest for nuclear arms.
November 13, 2014 |
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
July 10, 1988 |
The monthlong trial of Delaware Container Co. ended in federal court last week as an attorney argued that the hazardous-waste plant should be permanently shut down. Defense lawyers, however, said in closing arguments Wednesday that the plaintiffs had failed to prove that the Valley Township plant posed an imminent threat to the environment, the standard they said was necessary to trigger court intervention. "It's our position they offered no legally competent evidence with respect to an imminent threat to health," defense counsel Thomas Monteverde said.
September 14, 2000 |
When is it lawful to kill somebody? Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. knows the answer, and for now he's applying it in the case of Paul Bellina, who yesterday shot and killed a man he believed was trying to break into his house in Upper Gwynedd. The killing, Castor said, seemed to be a justifiable homicide, although a final determination will not be made until officers complete their investigation, which will include forensic, ballistic and toxicology tests.
December 24, 2003
GEORGIA B. Makiver (Dec. 19 letter) says, "Iraq is the key to stability in the Middle East. " Iraq has always been a Third World country. The majority of its citizens live in abject poverty, so what threat were any of them to us? It's sad to think of the number of unsuspecting Americans who have been hoodwinked into this oil war by the conservative American media. Sadder still is the fact that none of these armchair and keyboard generals can explain why Bush went after Saddam when the 9/11 hijackers were overwhelmingly Saudi Arabian.
September 29, 2003 |
"There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud. " -Sen. Edward Kennedy on Iraq, Sept. 18, 2003 The Democrats have long been unhinged by this president. They could bear his (Florida-induced) illegitimacy as long as he was weak and seemingly transitional. But when post-9/11 he became a consequential president - reinventing American foreign policy and dominating the political scene - they lost it. Kennedy's statement marks a new stage in losing it: transition to derangement.
February 18, 2013
The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood. 1. By what right does the president order the killing by drone of enemies abroad? What criteria justify assassination? Answer: (a) imminent threat, under the doctrine of self-defense, and (b) affiliation with al-Qaeda, under the laws of war. Imminent threat is obvious.
October 3, 2003
MARK WEISBROT'S op-ed piece, "Whacking George W. with the Truth" (Oct. 1), immediately proceeded to do the opposite - regurgitate a well-worn Democratic lie as its centerpiece. Weisbrot approvingly quotes Ted Kennedy's recent tirade against Bush - "There was no imminent threat. " Problem is, Bush never claimed that - here is his exact quote (i.e., the truth) from his 2003 State of the Union address: "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?
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Uncomfortable with the Obama administration's use of deadly drones, a growing number in Congress is looking to limit America's authority to kill suspected terrorists, even U.S. citizens. The Democratic-led outcry was emboldened by the revelation in a newly surfaced Justice Department memo that shows drones can strike against a wider range of threats, with less evidence, than previously believed. The drone program, which has been used from Pakistan across the Middle East and into North Africa to find and kill an unknown number of suspected terrorists, is expected to be a top topic of debate when the Senate Intelligence Committee grills John Brennan, the White House's pick for CIA chief, at a hearing Thursday.