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Bush Admin takes another hit on Iraq data supporting War.jrm
Jul 16, 2003 9:51 AM
Bush Faced Dwindling Data on Iraq Nuclear Bid


In a speech making a case for military action against Iraq, President Bush cited Iraq's attempts to buy aluminum tubes for centrifuges used to enrich uranium. (State Department Photo Via AP)

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By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 16, 2003; Page A01

In recent days, as the Bush administration has defended its assertion in the president's State of the Union address that Iraq had tried to buy African uranium, officials have said it was only one bit of intelligence that indicated former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was reconstituting his nuclear weapons program.

But a review of speeches and reports, plus interviews with present and former administration officials and intelligence analysts, suggests that between Oct. 7, when President Bush made a speech laying out the case for military action against Hussein, and Jan. 28, when he gave his State of the Union address, almost all the other evidence had either been undercut or disproved by U.N. inspectors in Iraq.

By Jan. 28, in fact, the intelligence report concerning Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa -- although now almost entirely disproved -- was the only publicly unchallenged element of the administration's case that Iraq had restarted its nuclear program. That may explain why the administration strived to keep the information in the speech and attribute it to the British, even though the CIA had challenged it earlier.

For example, in his Oct. 7 speech, Bush said that "satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at [past nuclear] sites." He also cited Hussein's "numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists" as further evidence that the program was being reconstituted, along with Iraq's attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes "needed" for centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

But on Jan. 27 -- the day before the State of the Union address -- the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported to the U.N. Security Council that two months of inspections in Iraq had found that no prohibited nuclear activities had taken place at former Iraqi nuclear sites. As for Iraqi nuclear scientists, Mohamed ElBaradei told the Security Council, U.N. inspectors had "useful" interviews with some of them, though not in private. And preliminary analysis, he said, suggested that the aluminum tubes, "unless modified, would not be suitable for manufacturing centrifuges."

The next night, Bush delivered his speech, including th
What is "is" ? .......What is "learned" ?????........nmMR_GRUMPY
Jul 16, 2003 10:20 AM
depends on what your definition of "is" is. (nm)94Nole
Jul 16, 2003 10:34 AM
Oh yeah compare GWB's lies to Clintonsjrm
Jul 17, 2003 8:14 AM
So getting a BJ from a intern and killing innocent civilians & US troops is the SAME. I'd rather hear how you'd defend the facts against the Bush Administration.