It’s subtle, but there is a difference. Newsweek gives this summary of the infamous “sixteen words”:
In his January ?03 State of the Union address, President Bush, citing British intelligence reports, repeated the charge that the Iraqis were trying to buy uranium from Niger.
Bush said “Africa”, which, as a full blown continent, is a lot bigger than Niger, a country on the continent. Thus the president’s statement was not inconsistent with Joseph Wilson’s report on uranium sales, or the lack thereof, in Niger.
Oh, by the way, why has it been decided that British intelligence doesn’t know what it’s talking about?