Why do I get a mental picture of Bush giggling inanely and saying “Oops! My bad!” when I read this news article?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration has acknowledged for the first time that President Bush’s claim in his State of the Union address in January that Iraq had sought to buy uranium from Africa was an error, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
“Knowing all that we know now, the reference to Iraq’s attempt to acquire uranium from Africa should not have been included in the State of the Union speech,” a senior Bush administration official said in a statement authorized by the White House, the newspaper reported.
The report said the administration official’s statement came in response to questions about a British parliamentary commission report that raised questions about the reliability of British intelligence cited by Bush in his Jan. 28 speech.
The statement, released late on Monday, effectively conceded that intelligence underlying the president’s uranium-purchase claim was wrong, The Washington Post said.
A White House spokesman was not immediately available for comment early on Tuesday.
Controversy is raging in the United States and Britain over charges that the governments of the two countries manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to make the case for war against Iraq.
No evidence of such weapons has been found by the occupying forces in Iraq.
The International Atomic Energy Agency in March dismissed a report about Iraq buying uranium from Niger as being based on forged documents.
Former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson disclosed that he had traveled to Africa in 2002 to investigate the report.
Wilson, Washington’s envoy to Gabon from 1992 to 1995, told the New York Times and NBC on Sunday that he had reported back to the CIA that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place.
Fact checkin? We don’ nee no stink’n fact checkin!!
As long as it sounds good and helps promote our agenda we’ll use it now and if it comes out later that it was total bullshit we’ll just say “Was it? Oh gee, we’re really sorry about that. We thought it was real enough at the time!” Then we’ll just blame the intelligence agencies. They’re used to it.