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April 08, 2006

White House Authoritatively Told Uranium Claims "Baseless" Before 2003 State Of The Union

According to a story in tomorrow's Washington Post, there's a critical new memo on the uranium-from-Niger claim that's never been disclosed before now:

Tenet interceded to keep the [uranium] claim out of a speech Bush gave in Cincinnati on Oct. 7, 2002, but by Dec. 19 it reappeared in a State Department "fact sheet." After that, the Pentagon asked for an authoritative judgment from the National Intelligence Council, the senior coordinating body for the 15 agencies that then constituted the U.S. intelligence community. Did Iraq and Niger discuss a uranium sale, or not? If they had, the Pentagon would need to reconsider its ties with Niger.

The council's reply, drafted in a January 2003 memo by the national intelligence officer for Africa, was unequivocal: The Niger story was baseless and should be laid to rest. Four U.S. officials with firsthand knowledge said in interviews that the memo, which has not been reported before, arrived at the White House as Bush and his highest-ranking advisers made the uranium story a centerpiece of their case for the rapidly approaching war against Iraq.

Bush put his prestige behind the uranium story in his Jan. 28, 2003, State of the Union address.

The significance of this is the timing, and that the National Intelligence Council is supposed to be the final word.

Posted at April 8, 2006 07:19 PM | TrackBack

Those of us who live in the wreck this buffoon made of Texas before he moved on to bigger things and who retain most of our marbles are neither surprised nor proud.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at April 8, 2006 07:39 PM

Jesus B. Ochoa:
No use cryin' over spilt milk, we've got bigger fish to fry coming down the pike. (three trytes in one sentence). (Here's a fourth) Why am I still Paying these people?
FELLOW TAXPAYERS, only one group of people have even a chace of slowing this action down, and that's us, you and me. TAXPROTESTERS started this country, maybe we can still keep what's left.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at April 8, 2006 09:33 PM

Funny thing though, Wilson actually proved the claims made in the SOTU were true and accurate. Wilson told the Senate Select Intelligence Panel that the Niger government maintains the accuracy of its claim that an Iraqi intelligence asset attempted to strike up a business relationship that Niger believed involved their number 1 export, "Yellow Cake" Uranium. That is what Bush knew before he made the SOTU statement. None of you numbskulls can prove me wrong.

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Posted by: Kevin D. Korenthal at April 9, 2006 10:58 PM