The Bush administration said that Iraq was a "gathering" threat rather than an "imminent" threat as the anti-war side mis-portrayed the Bush position. One would think this would be obvious given the lengthy telegraphing of our intent in the year after the overthrow of the Taliban before we invaded.
But finally, we have proof that a Republican in the administration says that the threat from Iraq is "imminent:"
Hagel described Islamic State fighters as barbaric, saying they present a serious threat to the United States and other countries.
“They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology and a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh this is beyond anything that we have seen,” said Hagel.
“They have no standard of decency, of responsible human behavior, and I think the record is pretty clear on that. So yes, they are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it is in Iraq or anywhere else,” continued Hagel.
Huh. That "JV squad" has sure gotten better.
But sadly for the Left, this use of that touchy word was just said by the Obama administration's Secretary of Defense.
But still. The word was used. So you know, Halliburrrrtonnnnnn!
I eagerly await the revival of the anti-war's expression "chicken hawk" given that President Obama ordered an escalation in Iraq despite his lack of military experience.