4,003. 10/1/2002

The CIA’s classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, delivered to Congress on October 1, 2002, “offered bold and definitive conclusions in its ‘key judgments’: Iraq, it said, ‘has chemical and biological weapons’ and ‘is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.’ …Deeper in the NIE, there was information that undercut those stark conclusions. …[President] Bush hadn’t asked for the NIE, nor–as the White House would later acknowledge–did he even read it. Nor would most members of Congress.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Pages 133, 137

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