FROM Carlo Bonini
Competitive Intelligence and Italy's Connection to the Iraq War In his 2003 State of the Union Address , President Bush said that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium from Africa. That claim was part of the rationale for war in Iraq, but we now know it was based on forged documents. Newsweek called the documents "the sort of flimsy scam that could have been exposed by a two-hour Google search." Democrats in Congress have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify next week about what happened. The forgery story was broken Italian journalist Carlo Bonini, who's co-authored a book on international espionage and the war on terror.
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