Tim Blair


New Criterion



Sunday, February 15, 2004
UNCLE WELCOMES COPIES OF COMPLAINTS to Auntie about the bias of her news and current affairs reports. They're more likely to see the light of publicity here on ABCwatch than on one of Auntie's "forums".

Reader PW has asked Auntie for evidence that the Bush administration's case for war in Iraq depended on Saddam's threat being 'imminent'.

If Shovelan has any examples of the use of “imminent” by Administration officials, he might have favoured us with an example, instead of his murky “examination of the rhetoric”

Given the prominence the ABC gives President Bush’s State Of The Union address when, for instance, he makes allegations about Iraq’s pursuit of African Uranium, why didn’t Shovelan quote Bush in the 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? 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.”

There is something truly childish about the left's stress on imminence.

Or perhaps it's just a case of the media thinking that all policy-making should live in the moment, like tabloid reporting.