Let’s look at Bush’s 16 words in the State of the Union address. The British assessment that Saddam was seeking the purchase of uranium from Niger.
Niger’s economy is based on exports of agriculture, livestock and mining. Under UNSCR 687, Iraq was banned from acquiring yellowcake/uranium and any country that traded such with Iraq would be in breach of United Nation Security Council resolutions.
Joe Wilson went to Niger, after the fact, to discuss what went on in those meetings between Iraq and Niger officials. British nor United States intelligence never believed that Niger would come forward to a U.S. representative and admit they had attempted to violate U.N. Security Council resolutions. Wilson was to report, not give a personal assessment of what went on. What raised red flags is whom Wilson reported attended those meetings — Wissam al-Zahawie. He was Saddam’s former senior public envoy representing Iraq with the U.N. Security Council Commission that oversaw Iraq’s disarmament of chemical and biological weapons.
With regards to Valerie Plame, retired Army Major General Paul Valley stated in a article, that in 2002, while in the Fox News “green room,” waiting to be interviewed, Wilson stated at least three times that his wife was a CIA employee.
Letter writer Joseph Reichert, it was Joe Wilson who “outed” his wife, Valerie Plame. Robert Novak’s column didn’t come out until July 14, 2003.
Russell C. Fette, Collinsville