Jun 13, 2003

STATE OF THE UNION a William Kristof take on the yellow cake uranium story

George W. Bush's words "The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon, and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb. The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production." January 28, 2003
In February 2002 Dick Cheney dispatched a former Ambassador to Niger to check on a document that indicated Saddam was attempting to purchase uranium. In March of 2002 that envoy reported back that the document was beyond doubt a forgery. Ten months later the President of the United States is telling the nation that Saddam had recently sought uranium from Africa.
Every word of a President is studied and vetted, particularly those used in the most important annual address to the Nation. It strains all credulity to think that the President was unaware of the findings of Cheney's envoy and 2 other investigations that arrived at the same conclusion.
We also know that the aluminum tubes in question are unsuitable for nuclear weapons production as alleged.
You got some splaning to do Georgie!!!

Congressional letter from Congressman Waxman on this State of the Union issue.

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