In which I get to dabble in the great issues of the day (sub. req.), involving aluminum tubes and the like:
Wilson said in an interview that analysts from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory were part of a team of Department of Energy nuclear experts who concluded that a key piece of evidence— high-strength aluminum tubes Iraq wanted to buy— were probably not intended for nuclear weapons manufacturing.
According to the March report from the independent Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, the tubes were more likely intended for use in non-nuclear battlefield rockets.
In contradiction to the conclusion by the nation’s nuclear weapons experts, President Bush told the United Nations Security Council in September 2002, “Iraq has made several attempts to buy high-strength aluminum tubes used to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon.”