Nicholas Kristof wrote:"Consider the now-disproved claims by President Bush and Colin Powell that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger so it could build nuclear weapons. As Seymour Hersh noted in The New Yorker, the claims were based on documents that had been forged so amateurishly that they should never have been taken seriously."Years earlier Sy Hersh had also exposed flaws in the conventional wisdom that Saddam Hussein had tried to have Bush I assassinated in Kuwait.