It's purely awe-inspiring to watch the bad craziness down south, as members of the Bush crime family simply redefine words out of existence. The latest perp is the increasingly incompetent, irrelevant and sidelined Condi Rice, who takes an axe handle to the English language thusly:
Defined by most as “likely to occur at any moment; impending.” Condoleezza Rice’s definition: An “imminent threat” is not “if somebody is going to strike tomorrow,” but rather, “it’s whether you believe you’re in a stronger position today to deal with the threat, or whether you’re going to be in a stronger position tomorrow.” FireDogLake and Raw Story have more.
UPDATE: She repeated the line on CNN:
RICE: The question with imminence is, are you in a situation whether you’re better to act now, or are you going to be in a worse situation later? That’s the question that you have to ask in policy.
This is, of course, Act III in this long-running charade. In Act I, as you might recall, the situation with Iraq was "imminent" or "urgent" or "immediate" or something to that effect.
Then, when it turned out that there was nothing particularly "imminent" about Saddam after all, well, it was all down the memory hole:
John Bolton: Bush never said Saddam was 'imminent threat'
"[Saddam Hussein] and his regime were the threat to international peace and security. The president never made the argument that he constituted an imminent threat," Bolton said.
But now that it's screamingly obvious that the Bushistas most certainly did use that word, it has become necessary to simply assign it a totally new meaning:
"... it’s whether you believe you’re in a stronger position today to deal with the threat, or whether you’re going to be in a stronger position tomorrow."
No, Condi, you ignorant slut -- that's not "imminent." It might be "opportune" or "timely" or something like that, but it most emphatically does not constitute imminent.
I'd write more but I need to go out and put a bullet in Condi Rice's head. And by "put a bullet in Condi Rice's head," I naturally mean I'm going to have some cereal for breakfast.
But you knew that, right?