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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Rice singing same old song

Administration Was Right in Arguing Saddam Posed Nuclear Threat, Rice Says - AP:

"But two years later, Rice insisted she has no regrets about how the administration portrayed what it believed was a dangerous threat posed by Saddam.

'I stand by to this day the correctness of the decision to take seriously an intelligence assessment that Saddam Hussein would likely have a nuclear weapon' if action wasn't taken.

'We were all unhappy that the intelligence was not as good as we had thought that it was. But the essential judgment was absolutely right. Saddam Hussein was a threat,' she said.

Later, in an interview on CNN's 'Late Edition,' Rice said, 'If you underestimate the nuclear threat of a tyrant, you make a really big mistake.'

A New York Times story Sunday quoted four CIA officials and a senior administration official as saying that Rice and her staff had been told in 2001 that Energy Department experts believed the tubes were probably intended for small artillery rockets - and not nuclear weapons.

Read the Times Article here.

Rice said she learned of objections by the Energy Department only after making her 2002 comments.

During a CNN interview in 2002, Rice said the tubes were 'really only suited for nuclear weapons programs.' In bolstering the administration's argument of the threat the nation faced, she added: 'We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.'
The Kerry campaign said the latest debate over flawed prewar intelligence only furthers its contention that the administration misled the country into invading Iraq.

'What the Times article is saying is that the top nuclear experts in the country said those aluminum tubes were not for nuclear weapons, and that this was suppressed by the administration, "

It's simply a reality disconnect BushCo suffers from.