Monday, July 18, 2005

Sixteen Words and Joe Wilson

Sixteen famous words from President Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech:

The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

From the Senate Intelligence Committees report.

The intelligence report based on the former ambassador's [Wilson's] trip was disseminated on March 8, 2002 ... The intelligence report indicated that former Nigerian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mayaki...said that in June 1999, [redacted] businessman, approached him and insisted that Mayaki meet with an Iraqi delegation to discuss "expanding commercial relations" between Niger and Iraq. The intelligence report said that Mayaki interpreted "expanding commercial relations" to mean that the delegation wanted to discuss uranium yellowcake sales.

What is the practical difference between Wilson's report and the statement made by Bush?

So, in Wilson's report he supports the President but to the New York Times he had this to say.

[I]n January, President Bush, citing the British dossier, repeated the charges about Iraqi efforts to buy uranium from Africa.

The next day, I reminded a friend at the State Department of my trip and suggested that if the president had been referring to Niger, then his conclusion was not borne out by the facts as I understood them.

President Bush never referred to Niger so my question still stands.

Another quesiton; When will NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, LA Times, NY Times or WA Post report this?

Don't hold your breath.

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