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Did the U.S. government have bad information leading into the war in Iraq?

Bill: Yeah, I know [Former CIA Director George Tenant], what he said. He went in and he said, "Look, they have 'em and they're gonna give 'em to Ansar al-Islam," which is an al-Qaeda affiliate in Northern Iraq. But they wanted to remove Saddam, this is very clear. They wanted him out of there because they felt that he was a soft touch, they could get him out quick, and set up what they set up in Afghanistan. And if they had, if they had, the world would be much better off. And if Iraq had gone well, Bush's approval rating right now would be 65 percent.
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FROM: Oprah's Town Hall with Bill O'Reilly
Published on October 27, 2006

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