4,439. 1/28/2003

“President Bush devoted the last third of his State of the Union address [on January 28, 2003] to a broadside against Saddam…Bush then spoke 16 words that would become notorious: ‘The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.’ …But less than four months earlier, [CIA Director George] Tenet and the CIA had excised the sentence from the president’s speech in Cincinnati [Ohio] because the assertion could not be confirmed and was thought to be shaky. Tenet had not reviewed the State of the Union speech.”

 – Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack, Pages 294-295

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