I've typed up paragraphs from the Butler Inquiry on Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction that pertain to the infamous sixteen words in the 2003 SOTU. The entire report in PDF format is here.
499. We conclude that, on the basis of intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to acquire uranium from Africa in the Government’s dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of January 28, 2003 that:Tom Maguire seems to think this last bullet implies the Bits made their intelligence assessments based on documents not in their possession. I guess after a while you get suspicious of everybody, but in all the reporting and commentary on the subject, it seems a lot of people have been distorting the facts to make the case against the war in Iraq. Which is to be believed? A six-month inquiry into intelligence failures, or a eight-day tea drinking trip to chat with old friends? The conclusion of which was to say "it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place", when that was not the question.The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.
503. From our examination of the intelligence and other material on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa we conclude that:a. It is accepted by all parties that Iraqi officials visited Niger in 1999.
b. The British Government had intelligence from several different sources that indicating that this visit was for the purpose of acquiring uranium. Since uranium constitutes almost three-quarters of Niger’s exports, the intelligence was credible.
c. The evidence was not conclusive that Iraq actually purchased, as opposed to having sought, uranium and the British Government did not claim this.
d. The forged documents were not available to the British Government at the time of its assessment, so the fact of the forgery does not undermine it.
Saddam Hussein was going to have to be dealt with sooner or later. John Kerry seems to think there would have been some advantage to dealing with him later, or not dealing with him at all. I don't want a president who would take the risk of leaving Saddam in power in this age of terrorism.