4,451. 1/31/2003

“On January 31 [2003], the State Department’s INR [Bureau of Intelligence and Research], which had been vetting the work-in-progress draft [for Secretary of State Colin Powell’s upcoming UN Speech], sent Powell a memo noting that thirty-eight allegations in the speech were ‘weak’ or ‘unsubstantiated.’ …Since not all of the INR’s objections were heeded, Powell would be presenting evidence at the UN that even his own specialists did not believe.”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Page 179

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