How We Went To War Because We Wanted To
"How the White House Embraced Disputed Arms Intelligence
By DAVID BARSTOW
Published: October 3, 2004
This article was reported by David Barstow, William J. Broad and Jeff Gerth, and was written by Mr. Barstow.
In 2002, at a crucial juncture on the path to war, senior members of the Bush administration gave a series of speeches and interviews in which they asserted that Saddam Hussein was rebuilding his nuclear weapons program. Speaking to a group of Wyoming Republicans in September, Vice President Dick Cheney said the United States now had "irrefutable evidence" - thousands of tubes made of high-strength aluminum, tubes that the Bush administration said were destined for clandestine Iraqi uranium centrifuges, before some were seized at the behest of the United States...."
"Irrefutable evidence" for a program that wasn't there. "Irrefutable evidence" that was massively disputed within our own intellegence community. "Irrefutable evidence" which no one, not even our closest allies in Britain, believed.
The story of this arrogant rush to war is utterly incredible.
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