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May 7, 2007, Herald Journal

A falsehood repeated endlessly

By ROZ KOHLS

Mark Twain said “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Boy, did Twain know what he was talking about.

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has been subpoenaed by Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify before Congress. “Democrats said they want Rice to explain what she knew about the administration’s warnings, later proven false, that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for nuclear arms,” according to the April 25 Reuters report.

Got that? Reuters is claiming what President George Bush had said in his 16 words in the 2003 State of the Union Address was proven false. Here are the 16 words, “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

Here is the part of the March 8, 2002 report that Bush was referring to. It’s on page 43:

“(Nigerian Prime Minister Ibrahim) Mayaki (met) with an Iraqi delegation to discuss expanding commercial relations between Niger and Iraq. The intelligence report said that Mayaki interpreted ‘expanding commercial relations’ to mean that the delegation wanted to discuss yellow cake sales . . . although the meeting took place, Mayaki let the matter drop due to the UN sanctions on Iraq.”

How can it be any plainer? An Iraqi delegation sought to buy yellow cake uranium, and Niger declined to sell it.

The British had this report. It also said the delegation sought yellow cake uranium, not bought it, and made it into nuclear weapons. In addition, Niger is in Africa.

The lie that President Bush’s 16 words were proven false has been repeated endlessly by Democrats and in the news media. It’s almost as if they think no one can read or check for themselves.

You’ve just read the words for yourself. What do you believe?