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Update: Dems getting the message. Byron Dorgan (D-SD) just said this was the most important aspect of this issue. He's right. This is about national security, period. No Democrat should be arguing about Joe Wilson at all. If you must argue, just say that the administration already said that their Niger information was B.S. and apologized for it.
President Bush's deputy national security adviser on Tuesday became the second U.S. official to apologize for allowing a tainted intelligence report on Iraq's nuclear ambitions to find its way into a major speech by Bush before Congress in January.They weren't trying to "correct" Wilson, but attack him.
Stephen Hadley, in a rare on-the-record session with reporters, said that he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from CIA Director George Tenet last October raising objections to an allegation that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa to use in building nuclear weapons.
As a result, Hadley said the offending passage was excised from a speech on Iraq the president gave in Cincinnati last Oct. 7. But Hadley suggested that details from the memos and phone call had slipped from his attention as top administration officials were putting together Mr. Bush's State of the Union address, given before a joint session of Congress in January...
Hadley is the top aide to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
The controversial passage citing a British intelligence report "should have been taken out of the State of the Union," Hadley said. He said he was taking responsibility on behalf of the presidential staff just as Tenet had done for the CIA.