According to CNN, President Bush said that reports that his administration has considered nuclear strikes against Iraq are “wild speculation”.
“And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you’re reading is wild speculation. Which is, kind of a — you know, happens quite frequently here in the nation’s capital.
I have been around press offices long enough to know when someone is choosing their words carefully. When a government calls says that a press report of a new policy is “speculation”, it means they are still considering it. If they were not considering a nuclear strike, or had ruled it out, they would say it is “false”.