MR. RUSSERT: But the very next day, Mr. Secretary, this is what you said, talking to the press on January 29th: “[Saddam?s] regime has the design for a nuclear weapon … and recently was discovered seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
SEC?Y RUMSFELD: And right before it, I said, as the president said, and right after it, I said as the president said. I was simply repeating what the president had said.
I get it: he was just relying on the President of the United States! It’s not really fair to hold him accountable for that, is it?
Now, this would be just an amusing little cheap shot except for the fact that the push to oversell the uranium story almost certainly came from the intelligence analysts at the infamous Office of Special Plans. And the Office of Special Plans, as we all know, works for none other than Donald Rumsfeld.