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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 12:24 PM
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Linda McQuaig (Toronto Star): Sixteen little words, my as*terisk
As the controversy builds over allegations that the White House misled the American people into waging war against Iraq, the latest line of defence seems to be that the deception wasn't that serious it was, after all, only 16 words long.

"Just 16 little words," as one media commentator described them, apparently trying to trivialize the controversy over a forged document that threatens to engulf George W. Bush's presidency.

But the 16 little words "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" weren't just a casual, off-hand comment.

Rather, they were a key part of a tightly-scripted speech aimed at making the administration's case that Saddam posed a nuclear threat, and they were delivered by the president at no less an event than the State of the Union address, watched on TV by millions around the world.

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