The Bush administration continued Sunday to defend remarks made by the president to the American people regarding Iraq's alleged attempts to obtain uranium (search) from Africa.
"The statement that he made was indeed accurate," Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said on FOX News Sunday. "Not only was the statement accurate, there were statements of this kind in the National Intelligence Estimate," a classified document compiled by U.S. agencies, she said.
In this year's State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Bush laid out reasons for military action against Iraq and said: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
But during the past week, the White House has faced a barrage of criticism after it disavowed the accusation that Saddam's regime sought to buy uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program. The CIA, in turn, admitted it had doubts about the claim.
Uranium uproar: Look into, or let go?
A sample of your responses:
We should let it go. What we should understand is that the intell business is very much like being handed a 5000 piece jigsaw puzzle in a plain box; you know at least 10 pieces are missing and whose to say that some pieces don't belong elsewhere. Your job is to determine what the picture is. All that has happened is that our intel organization has done is proved that it is not a machine but made up of humans.
Regarding the uranium scandal, it appears that the Bush administration's excuse is that it depends on what your definition of "is" is.
Shame on the Democrats... What this does is put an illigitamacy on the deaths of every American that has died in Irag..think about how the families must feel, knowing the Democrats are crying foul. We had plenty of reason for going to Iraq. Thank God for our troops and a president that is willing to put America first (not politics).
I vote to "let the Uranium issue go". Why don't we pick this thing to death? Saddam needed to go regardless of the correctness or not of a few words in Bush's speech. We are fighting over a nit-picking item like stupid old maids. The terrorists are probably laughing their heads off and knowing that internal fighting like this is part of what is going to bring America down, if we don't wise up.
Let it go! move on! it is dead news! It is just another example of DNC desperation. If every speech had to have exact, ironclad, factual information, most Democrats wouldn't be able to open their mouths.
I am sorry to admit I'm a registered Democrat, and very embarrassed by the Democrats constant slamming of President Bush. I agree with you all the sixteen words did not effect the decision to go to war with Iraq. After spending thirty years in the military I believe I earned the right to say "We needed to be in Iraq." Please keep up the fair and balanced reporting.
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