From an AFP story on Yahoo:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Well before President George W. Bush said in 2003 that Iraq was buying uranium from Niger, a high-level State Department intelligence assessment deemed the deal "unlikely" for several reasons, a US daily reported.
Who said that Iraq was buying uranium from Niger? Bush never did.
What he said, and what American, French, and British intelligence
services were saying was that Iraq had *sought* to buy uranium
from Niger. It was the 16 words we heard so much about. There is
still no good reason to believe that they weren't trying to
So why pretend that the
president said Iraq was buying uranium?