Bush: Iraq doesn’t have nukes…obviously. (Laughter)

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"Bush: Iraq doesn’t have nukes…obviously. (Laughter)"

Yesterday at a speech in Virginia, President Bush was forced to correct his own misinformation campaign when a questioner mistakenly said that Iraq currently has nuclear weapons:

Q But I’m concerned about the nations like Iraq, who now have nuclear weapons –

THE PRESIDENT: Iran.

Q Iran and Iraq both.

THE PRESIDENT: Not Iraq. (Laughter.)

Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/12/unipresiran.320.240.flv]

Commenting on the exchange, MSNBC’s anchors called it a “light moment” because there’s “nothing like being corrected by the President of the United States.” Bush, however, was the one who needed the correction. The most recent NIE found that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. As late as April 2006, Bush himself still believed Saddam had WMD.

UPDATE: Mike Link points out the last time Bush joked about the missing WMD, in 2004.

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