Tuesday, April 03, 2007

How Forged Documents Became The Reason For Iraq War

by S-Q @ 7:18 AM MDT

Raw Story/Washington Post

Intelligence failures surrounded inquiry on Iraq-Niger uranium claim

It was 3 a.m. in Italy on Jan. 29, 2003, when President Bush in Washington began reading his State of the Union address that included the now famous -- later retracted -- 16 words: "The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Like most Europeans, Elisabetta Burba, an investigative reporter for the Italian newsweekly Panorama, waited until the next day to read the newspaper accounts of Bush's remarks. But when she came to the 16 words, she recalled, she got a sudden sinking feeling in her stomach. She wondered: How could the American president have mentioned a uranium sale from Africa?

Burba felt uneasy because more than three months earlier, she had turned over to the U.S. Embassy in Rome documents about an alleged uranium sale by the central African nation of Niger. And she knew now that the documents were fraudulent and the 16 words wrong.

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Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

The famous 16 words that will go down in history with the President who was a FAILURE!

Basheert said...

Those 16 words will define not only Bush's Presidency, but his character through history.

He was a bumbling lying fool - the nation has and will pay dearly for his moronic mistakes.

He should be hung for treason next to Darth Dickie.