President George W. Bush, in the 2003 State of the Union address, uttered the infamous “16 words”: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
Former Ambassador Joe Wilson sprang into action and, in an op-ed piece, in effect wrote, “No, the Cheney administration sent me to investigate the allegation — and I found it without merit.”
I never doubted for a moment what Saddam Hussein’s intentions were, or that he did exactly what Bush and the British government said he did. And I credit Ted Kennedy (D-MA) for being the first to politicize the war effort. And, the rest is history.