On the same subject, Clifford May in NRO has an excellent overview of the African uranium issue. He points out the absurdity of the positions taken by the President’s critics, and also has the goods on Joseph Wilson, the former Ambassador who was presented by the New York Times as a disinterested observer. Here’s a sample:
“I suppose you can make the case that a British-government claim should not have made its way into the president’s SOTU without further verification. But why is that the top of the TV news day after day? Why would even the most dyspeptic Bush-basher see in those 16 accurate words of President’s Bush’s 5,492-word SOTU an opportunity to persuade Americans that there’s a scandal in the White House, another Watergate, grounds for impeachment?
“Surely, everyone does know by now that Saddam Hussein did have a nuclear-weapons-development program. That program was set back twice: Once by Israeli bombers in 1981, and then a decade later, at the end of the Gulf War when we learned that Saddam’s nuclear program was much further along than our intelligence analysts had believed.
“As President Bush also said in the SOTU: ‘The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in the 1990s that Saddam Hussein had an advanced nuclear weapons development program, had a design for a nuclear weapon and was working on five different methods of enriching uranium for a bomb.’
“Since Saddam never demonstrated
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