How many times has the President's political opponents claimed that when he said that Iraq was trying to buy nuclear material from Niger, it was a lie.
True, they often forget to mention that Bush was citing British intelligence reports. And it is true that the British never backed off their claim instead calling their intelligence valid.
Joe Wilson supposed investigated the claim and stated there was nothing to it; it was made up. He also claimed that because he "blew the whistle" on the administration, they retaliated by "outing" his wife, the mysterious Ms. Plame.
Strange how the story that Iraq did in fact attempt to get Uranium from Niger is one of those buried stories:
As reported Monday in the Financial Times, however, senior European intelligence officials now say, "Illicit sales of uranium from Niger were being negotiated with five states including Iraq at least three years before the U.S.-led invasion" in 2003.
But there's more:
In a follow-up story, the Financial Times reports, "three European intelligence services were aware of possible illicit trade in uranium from Niger between 1999 and 2001. Human intelligence gathered in Italy and Africa more than three years before the Iraq war had shown Niger officials referring to possible illicit uranium deals with at least five countries, including Iraq." The other countries were North Korea, Iran, Libya and China.
Why is it that the first I heard of this story was on Fox News?