"I believe that it is abundantly clear that the case that was outlined on behalf of going to the resolution -- not going to war, but going to the resolution -- was a credible case. I was told personally by the White House that they would use the resolution to put the inspectors in ... Some people now think that this was a very clear open-and-shut case. We bombed them for days in 1998 because Saddam Hussein threw out inspectors."
This assertion, that the U.S. bombing in 1998 came in response to an expulsion of weapons inspectors by Hussein, is a common one. But it's not true. In 2000, after an article in the paper repeated the falsehood, the New York Times ran this correction:
"A front-page article yesterday about the Clinton administration's policy on Iraq misstated the circumstances under which international weapons inspectors left that country before American and British air strikes in December 1998. While Iraq had ceased cooperating with the inspectors, it did not expel them. The United Nations withdrew them before the air strikes began."