Notes: I had to look up the words to Patty Cake for this cartoon which plays off them in the last frame with Yellowcake, Yellowcake ... I never knew all the words before: Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker's man/Bake me a cake as fast as you can/Roll it and prick it and mark it with a T/Put it in the oven for baby and me.

George J. Tenet, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has accepted responsibility for the infamous 16 words in George W. Bush's State of the Union speech that stated that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa. The report Bush relied upon said that Iraq was trying to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger. The report turned out to be forged.

On October 1, 2002, according to a piece in the New York Times by James Risen and David E. Sanger , "the nation's intelligence agencies circulated to senior administration officials and to Congress a classified "National Intelligence Estimate" that described how Iraq might have been seeking uranium in Niger, Somalia and Congo." The news story, dated July 15, continued, "According to White House and some intelligence officials, four days after the report was issued and was in the hands of a number of lawmakers, Mr. Tenet called a Bush aide and asked that any reference to allegations that Iraq had sought to obtain 500 metric tons of uranium yellowcake in Niger be removed from a speech President Bush was to give in Cincinnati."

Bush has stonewalled the question of who's responsibility it was that the report was mentioned in his speech. Meanwhile, speculation is that Tenet, who played the good soldier and took the fall, may eventually be forced to resign.
07.20.03