6,579. 12/18/2005

On December 18, 2005, President “Bush told the nation in a Sunday-night address from the Oval Office: ‘It is true that Saddam Hussein had a history of pursuing and using weapons of mass destruction. It is true that he systematically concealed those programs, and blocked the work of U.N. weapons inspectors. It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As your president, I am responsible for the decision to go into Iraq. Yet it was right to remove Saddam Hussein from power.’ ”

 – Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith, “False Pretenses,” The Center for Public Integrity, Jan. 23, 2008

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