4,682. 3/7/2003

From Craig Unger’s July 1, 2006, Vanity Fair article: “On March 7 [2003], the I.A.E.A. publicly exposed the Niger documents as forgeries. Not long afterward, Cheney was asked about it on Meet the Press. He said that the I.A.E.A. was wrong, that it had “consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing.” He added, “We know [Saddam] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”

 – Craig Unger, “The war they wanted, the lies they needed,” Vanity Fair, July 1, 2006

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