It is not language framing a political vision; it is a campaign slogan serving an expedient purpose.
Obama noted Thursday that both sides in the conflict blame the U.S., a popular and expedient political tactic in Egypt.
It was the result of a chain of good decisions—wise, prudent, long-sighted, or, at the least, expedient choices.
That tape will prove far more persuasive than any expedient and mealy mouthed evasions.
And because “it is very tempting to a minister to employ such an expedient…the practice will…be abused, in every government.”
We may make two every week, if it were expedient, and not one enough to teach the people.
Captain Baker applied himself to this task, and used every expedient.
It was plain enough that he was devising some expedient to escape the three-master.
No need then of the expedient of pursuing your needleworks in her sight.
If this method was ever necessary or expedient, it is peculiarly so in the present age.
late 14c., "advantageous, fit, proper," from Old French expedient (14c.) or directly from Latin expedientem (nominative expediens) "beneficial," present participle of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare" (see expedite).
The noun meaning "a device adopted in an exigency, a resource" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential (1836); expedientially (1873); expediently (late 14c.).