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  • For anyone who is interested, has a pretty good summary of what was said by Bush and Wilson and the associated timeline. Seems reasonable to me.
    • Yeah. Especially the part where Wilson repeatedly, falsely, claims the 16 words in the SOTU were regarding anything Wilson himself knew about it. He called it a lie, but he had no basis whatsoever for calling it a lie, since he was not privy to the British intelligence it was based on.

      Although, I've read the U.S. report, and I am frankly not convinced that the information Wilson provided is reasonably strong "confirmation that Iraq may indeed have been seeking uranium from Niger." This seems to be based entirely on the notion that Niger's former prime minister says he was contacted by an Iraqi delegation (and the report doesn't even identify any of the people in this delegation, whether they were officially from the government, and so on) that wanted to discuss "expanding commercial relations." Some analysts say this meant they wanted to discuss uranium sales, but that seems pretty shaky to me.

      But while I don't buy that Wilson's trip gave any real confirmation of Iraq's attempts to procure uranium, it certainly didn't discount the claim Bush made, in any way.