3,823. 9/8/2002

On September 8, 2002, “the front page headline [of The New York Times] declared, ‘U.S. SAYS HUSSEIN INTENSIFIES QUEST FOR A-BOMB PARTS.’ …’More than a decade after Saddam Hussein agreed to give up weapons of mass destruction, Iraq stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb, Bush administration officials said today. In the last 14 months, Iraq has sought to buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes, which American officials believe were intended as components of centrifuges to enrich uranium.’ ”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Page 34

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