Pesky paperwork. Not only were the "16-words" about Saddam's purchase of yellowcake uranium in Africa -- used in his State of the Union speech to scare the crap out of America -- already known to be forgeries, but now it's been revealed that another charge that made it into the "scare the crap outta yah" State of the Union was also known to be disputed.
Tim Grieve writes: "Today, the National Journal reports that Bush was 'personally warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration.'"
The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate summary (it was only a page long so it'd be tough to overlook) noted that significant doubts existed over whether the aluminum tubes touted as centrifuges to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons were indeed able to be used for that purpose. Grieve quotes White House communications director Dan Bartlett who said at the time: "The president of the United States is not a fact-checker."
No worries Dan, nobody thinks otherwise.
The blogs, it should be noted, were on top of this earlier than the aforementioned National Journal article. From eriposte:
Yet, George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice made false statements in early September 2002 about the intended end use of the tubes. This would of course, also mean that similar statements made by Bush administration officials after September 12, 2002, were likewise, false or deliberately misleading. What's more, many of the Bush administration statements after September 12, 2002 occurred after the release of the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in early October 2002. A review of the Key Judgments in the NIE, and the corresponding claims in the unclassified White Paper (based on the NIE), further establishes the intentional deceit of the Bush White House in the run-up to the war.(War Room, The Left Coaster)
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