It's hard to figure out what happened here. Bush said something along the lines of "Recently the British have learned that Iraq tried to buy uranium from an African nation...." Some reports say that the CIA told the White House it could not verify this, and that is why the White House cited the British instead. That's not deliberate lying, but it is a case of the administration not wanting to get to the truth, lest the truth weaken its case for war. Willful ignorance, I suppose. What's interesting to me is that the documents purporting to show uranium purchase were known to be forgeries before the war -- as related by Franklin in this forum -- but no one in the media or government seemed to care at the time.