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Report begins: "Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has told the Mainichi [a major newspaper in Japan] he believes the Iraq War - which began while he was in office in 2003 - could have been averted."

Colin Powell addresses the UN Security Council five weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq, 02/05/03. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Colin Powell addresses the UN Security Council five weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq, 02/05/03. (photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

 

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+104 # James Bowen 2010-09-04 19:01
There were dissenters in the intelligence community and the weapons inspectors did not agree with Powell and the administration. None of that mattered to Powell and the Neocons. Even today facts don't matter to republicans and their supporters.
 
 
+54 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:19
I totally agree. Scott Ritter was up here in Albany telling everyone who would listen the scientific reasons why there were no WMD. All of what he said turned out to be true.
 
 
+55 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:27
Inconvenient facts are always ignored when a politician has an ideology to uphold or he has been paid by lobbyists to ignore such trifling realities.

Cheney & Rumsfeld were fully aware that war could not be sold without bogus WMD's. So bogus WMD's were created from whole cloth and sold to a frightened nation by means of outright lies and persistent innuendos. Condi Rice lied. Wolfowitz lied. They all lied because Cheney wanted to reform the world in the image of his own nightmares.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-05 11:53
As we suspected and as is seen conclusively today, it was and continues to be ALL ABOUT OIL! Who will be propped up now who can do the job that Saddam did to control the area? We didn't do a very good job with the Shah of Iran, etc. (a very long list). Spread 'democracy' and the people will be as docile as we Americans are...NOT!
 
 
+23 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:15
Apparently it did not seem to matter to many Democrats at the time either. In fact, it still doesn't seem to matter to anyone in our government.

The worst crime of the century goes un-investigated .
 
 
-7 # Guest 2010-09-05 17:50
It doesn't matter to Obama.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-06 10:50
Investigated but untried and unpunished. It will fester until there is some kind of justice. Unexpiated guilt is like an unlanced boil. The US as a whole is full of abcesses which are eating away at our national bone and sinew. Yes, we are rotting from the inside.

How lacking in courage to say he was just the conduit for the cooked intelligence, that he didn't make it up. He had plenty of clues that the intelligence was based on bogus sources and reliance on forged documents. The truth was staring him in the face but was not going to allow him to keep his job if he did not go along to get along.

Kennedy took credit for compiling 'profiles in courage.' When we get a similar book called 'Profiles in Cowardice,' Colin Powell will have to be in the top ten.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-08 11:30
Keep in mind that Powell did not want to damage his future opportunities after Secretary of State (potential corporate lobbyist, well-paid speaking engagements, etc.) AND his son was a well-paid federal employee at the FCC. Now he can claim he was still a loyal soldier who did what he was told.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-10 23:27
I believe Obama has been warned...if these people feel nothing about going into another country and destroying millions of lives...what would it matter to get rid of a few more? I believe our president and certain others have limits imposed by previous leaders.
 
 
+23 # Guest 2010-09-05 15:22
Of course none of that mattered to Powell and the Neocons. The neocons wanted war no matter what, and Powell was too easily seduced into supporting the march to war.

Powell's presentation was transparently flawed, but the politicians, including many Dems, didn't have the courage to say so. It is very difficult to believe that Powell didn't know the material he was presenting was nonsense.

I'm one of the inspectors who knew there were no weapons of mass destruction - at least no nuclear weapons and not enough, if any, chemical and biological weapons to matter. But the Republican politicians in my state wouldn't listen either.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-06 10:58
There was ample evidence there were no weapons of mass destruction and all the issues were bogus. I went to the Iraqi Embassy before The First Gulf Action and got the other side of the story. No mainstream journalists bothered to report anything from the other side. Cowardice spread throughout the media and leadership like the contagious and deadly moral disease we know it is.
 
 
+71 # Guest 2010-09-04 22:21
This "mea culpa" is as worthless as Robert S. MacNamara's about his regrets in leading us into Viet Nam. It's of no value to the thousands of people killed and wounded in either of those dirty wars.

Powell started his career lying for the Army command in 'Nam. He ended it lying for the White House. I'll sing no sad songs for him.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:11
The really sad part was that he was about the best of any in the entire administration except for those lawyers who fought against Yoo and Bybee and also against Cheney's keeping the intelligence pipeline filled with toxic waste.

History is filled with figures such as Powell who are flattered by those with evil intent into putting a pleasant face on crimes against humanity. Obama may be doing that now in Afghanistan. Obama seems to lack the courage to uphold his convictions. He should have learned from Powell's mistakes. We know he has every reason to know better and we have to wonder who or what has him in chains. There is somewhere a Delilah to his Samson.
 
 
+58 # soularddave 2010-09-04 22:22
Powell should have perused the front page of the NY times instead of the intel that was handed to him by the NeoCons. He's a smart man and he should have used his considerable influence to speak truth to power. The war could have waited, and they could have left the inspectors to finish their job.

But oh, no, millions of women & children had to die and be injured - a country wrecked. Now, here we are; broke.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:19
If Powell had gone to the NYT like Joe Wilson did, Cheney-Bush would not have been successful in selling a war in Iraq. He choose badly and was screwed for it. Tough luck.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-07 23:05
New York Times spewed the Neocon version of intelligence via Judy Miller who got it from none other than Neocon Scooter Libby.
 
 
+59 # soularddave 2010-09-04 22:32
Colin Powell could have been the hero of the world. He better than any other, could have stopped the horrible war. The rest of the world was on to the NeoCons for their PNAC.

Now look at you! You SOLD your integrity to the wrong people.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-05 06:40
Does this miss the fundamental problem that it was for sale?
 
 
+36 # Guest 2010-09-05 06:50
Powell has been the ultimate team player, in the worst sense of that term, playing for a bad team. If he actually had the integrity that so often attributed to him, he would have come out with the real story of how facts and logic never had anything to do with the neocon mission in Iraq shortly after his resignation and while there was still time to impeach the lot of them. A new Iraq war to depose Saddam Hussein was a publicly announced priority for them since the first gulf war, with one writer at PNAC openly wishing for a "Pearl Harbor" to get it. The emotion, not the facts, of 9/11 finally gave them the opening they had been looking for to achieve it.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 12:22
A team player to the bitter end. Well said.

Perhaps the conclusion that could be drawn from Powell's sad example is that perhaps military men with their loyalty-to-the- commander-at-al l-costs ethic don't necessarily make the best civilian officials in a representative democracy.
 
 
+22 # Guest 2010-09-05 20:26
Soularddave, I think you give Powell far more credit than he deserves. Colin Powell could not have stopped that war, no one was going to stop it. That war was preconceived before Bush even got into office, if not before at least immediately thereafter. Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and G. Bush were men with a plan and to carry through their plans they would cheat in the elections to get into the white house or even lie about WMD's. Does any of that sound familiar?
Cheney and Bush were oil men and that is exactly what that whole thing boiled down to...oil. Rove??, he was just an evil power-hungry SOB anxious to make a plan, any plan.
The only thing good that could have possibly come from any of this would have been to hope that the American people would not be so easily duped again but alas I fear that is not to be either. Between S. Palin, the tea baggers, Beck et al, it appears there are still plenty out there willing to believe in WMD's all over again.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-10 20:42
true.....this a strong west indian trait...loyalty to superiors....he did send back the intel to the CIA twice.....with some expletives but eventually fell for the Cheney manoeuvre...he is not without fault but oh how i wish he were Prez....Bama has no exp leading anything and no exp in dealing with power elites in the mil, econ, or pol......Gen Powell wd have been better than Eisenhower...he knows the MIC- military industrial complex works...and how it kills etc etc!!!! my man Colin Luther Powell
 
 
+49 # Guest 2010-09-04 22:54
The lie remains a lie and the purveyors remain liars.
 
 
+38 # Guest 2010-09-04 22:57
Powell likes to be a hero but he comes off as being kind of a worm.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:17
I never think of worms as being such cowards. Please don't insults lessor species by comparing them to cowards like Powell. They are far nobler and innocent.
 
 
+57 # Guest 2010-09-04 22:57
Powell was lying then; he is lying now. One of the few truthful things he said is he did not make up the intelligence. True, it was made up by others in the Bush administration. Powell just parroted the lies. And that absolves him, or mitigates his responsibility how exactly? But lying in nothing new for Colin Powell. Just look at his white wash "investigation" of the My Lai massacre.
 
 
+11 # MitchelCohen 2010-09-06 00:56
Absolutely right, "srfree". Powell knew damned well that the ridiculous "evidence" he presented to the UN was a complete fabrication, because he helped to fabricate it. Remember him pointing to what he said at the UN were mobile bio-warfare units (if I remember correctly), when in reality they were simply trucks. The U.S. government did the same thing before its invasion of Grenada in portraying the airport being built as a secret war operation; it did the same in fabricating photos of the Sandinistas burning the bodies of civilians they were said to have killed, when in reality they were cropped photos of the World Health Organization burning corpses of diseased people in Africa years earlier. The lies go on and on, and Powell should just come clean, admit he lied and lied, and start over.

Mitchel Cohen
Brooklyn Greens / Green Party
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:25
Powell is a smart man and a congenial man which helped him rise in the ranks. But he let his men and his country down many times to facilitate his rise. It was clear that he was a front for the real powers within the Cheney White House. He could have resigned in opposition to their rush to invade and occupy. He may not have stopped it, but at least he could retain a vestige of personal honor.
 
 
+30 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:00
I'm glad that Mr. Powell has now come out and said that the war could have been averted. Too late for all those killed. Yes, he has and always will have that stain upon his name. I'm almost of the opinion that he was given his job just for that purpose if the opportunity arose for war. They would most likely even have invented something. A good man sacrificed for political reasons. I'm ashamed that we never investigated the whole affair. It was just dropped for again political reasons, instead of upholding justice and the rule of law. We as a nation will continue to have this blot on our names. Others may not mention it but will always see us differently now. They will know we don't support the rule of law for political expediency.
 
 
+31 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:01
Picture in your mind Powell's current portrait hanging in one of the solemn corridors of the Pentagon - so magnificent, so noble. But then upstairs in a nook hidden away, in the Pentagon's attic, is his other portrait - the one like Dorian Grey's - that turns so horribly more repugnant with each new lie he tells.
 
 
+61 # Meg 2010-09-04 23:02
Let's remember too that the Bush administration would NOT wait until the final report on the WMD search was complete to launch their attack on Iraq. It was only 30 days or so from release, and they went ahead anyway....becau se they KNEW it would say there were no WMD. THEY ALL LIED TO US, and still are apparently. The "reasons" kept changing to justify what was a personal vendetta of George W Bush. Now, nearly a trillion $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$ later, over 4000 lives lost, and many more walking wounded, Al Queda is still a threat, and our economy is in tatters. Wonder what that trillion could have done to grow the domestic economy if it had been put INTO it rather than sucked out of it and into the pockets of corrupt Iraqi officials and a select few well-placed American contractors???
 
 
+44 # Guest 2010-09-05 05:44
Well Meg, you're kind of forgetting a few things aren't you? Like hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, including tens of thousands of children? Millions of Iraqis run out of their homes, still not returned to this day? A country destroyed, beyond repair? No real government? Etc., etc., etc. The Bush administration, aided and abetted by the ignorant American citizenry, committed a war of aggression against Iraq and its people, and used the US military and the American flag to perpetrate war crimes. Every person who supported that evil war, has much blood on their hands and it won't be washed off easily.
 
 
+33 # Guest 2010-09-05 05:50
4000 lives lost? I think you are referring to US troops. Don't the Iraqis, & other coalition troops count? Hundreds of thousands died.
 
 
+18 # Guest 2010-09-05 11:58
We Americans aren't accustomed to thinking about anyone else. If it takes killing millions of mothers and babies to keep our gas prices down, no problem... don't let one of our girls decide to not carry a precious life to term though. Maybe we had better amend our pledge lest we be sued for being out of lock-step.
 
 
+57 # Pancho 2010-09-04 23:09
Powell knew it was crap. Everyone knew it was crap. As I listened to him tell lie after lie, I was simply astonished. I knew if at least half his claims were bunk, as he spoke them, they all were.

I'd been reading European news which had far better accounts as to the reality of the scam and talked for a half-hour with Major and Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter in August 2002.

The Senate voted with Bush because of his successful propaganda, the "you're with us or you're with the terrorists," crap. Only one Democrat who was up for reelection voted against the October 2002 resolution, Paul Wellstone.

The inspectors were in Iraq. The U.S. told them to leave because we were going to start bombing. They hadn't found anything, despite exhaustive searches.

Bush later did a White House press conference with Kofi Annan. Asked why he invaded, Bush said because Saddam wouldn't let the inspectors in. Dubya only parroted nonsense written by Cheney's crew.
 
 
+40 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:05
Paul Wellstone, honorable Democrat. His vote on October 11 against the war preceded his death (and his wife's and two of his children's) in the crash of a private airplane by 14 days.

Strange how coincidence works, huh?
 
 
+31 # Guest 2010-09-05 09:25
Yes, coincidence indeed works strangely in issues of power and politics. Paul Wellstone has a memorial action foundation we can donate to. Google his name and read up on him and the tragic timeline of his heroic stand against the Bush/Cheney policy and his untimely death, taking his wife and family and friends with him.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:41
I have never believed that was an accident and I am sure I am not alone in that believe. He was a stone around the neck of an evil plan and planes are easy to disable.
 
 
-1 # Guest 2010-09-10 23:28
You can use the internet to research Paul Wellstone's death, and see that it was possibly a murder.
 
 
+26 # Guest 2010-09-05 09:21
Paul Wellstone was the only person in office to stand against the Bush/Cheney vote to invade Iraq. 14 days after his courageous vote, his plane "mysteriously" crashed, killing him, his wife, their daughter and 3 friends.

You can google Paul Wellstone and find out what you can do to help his convictions and actions continue.

And, in the future, if you really want to know what is going on in the world, do, as Pancho did, read world news providers, not American news agencies. Americans have the real facts filtered out of the news they receive and what we receive are partial truths and outright lies to manipulate what we think so that we will support those in power.
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:15
Note the suspicious demise of Paul Wellstone. Why have those taking us into the Iraq war not prosecuted. Looks a lot like the excuses for Hitler's early invasions.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 00:08
Colon Powell's "IRAQ has WMDs" presentations and crapola speech will not be forgiven, may God have him rot in hell at the time of his Judgment Day.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:37
Millions and millions of people knew he was lying and did all they could to stop the invasion based on lies. We are in no better position now to stop the occupation and destruction in Afghanistan or Iran which is the next target. This is what scares me. How little power we the people have compared to a handful of Neocons who rule the universe. They were not elected, they did not represent us, but we have to pay for their crimes while they get away with murder and become enormously wealthy in the process. They are still in power those not as obviously as before. We are just as powerless. Why?
 
 
+41 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:10
WMD was hogwash -- it was OIL and control of oil that the rogues were after, for whom 4427 Americans have died, and countless tens of thousands of others, and untold tens of thousands irreversibly wounded. Colin Powell was not in the loop, deliberately, so that he could be used convincingly as the point man at the UN by the Bush-Cheney-Rum sfeld conspiracy. Besides the oil, Bush was itching to have himself a spectacular war so that he could one-up his Poppy, who'd known when to call a halt to a limited war. I guess we have to be thankful that Jr.'s "mission" wasn't "nucular."
 
 
+30 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:21
Powell:

Either you are a liar, or our "intelligence community" is filled with fools, or both.
 
 
+35 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:25
I agree. Powell knew that what he showed was irrigation pipes and not rocket launchers.

Bush was determined to have his war.

Heck, we didn't have to go to war in Afghanistan either. The Taliban had agreed to turn Bin Laden over to a neutral third party for prosecution, and GWB refused. He said that he wanted to get Bin Laden himself.
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:26
No, Powell certainly did not make up the "evidence" of WMD much less Cheney's insistence that Saddam Hussein had been in league with al Qaeda. But these things were cherry picked by the Bush administration despite intelligence analysis that there was counter evidence and fed to Powell and to members of Congress. In any event, the UN did not believe it and never authorized the US to attack Iraq. The attack under our treaty with signatory nations was a war crime and resulted in crimes against humanity under our existing laws. I feel sorry for Colin Powell. He is an decent man who tried to do the right thing for his country while being used by the wrong people. I just wish he would fess up to the facts.
 
 
+25 # Guest 2010-09-05 05:55
I feel no pity for him whatsoever. In some ways he is worse than the rest, because he was of superior character, and allowed himself to be brought down to their level. He could have stopped the Iraq invasion by making the facts public and resigning in protest. Instead, he aided and abetted in his own downfall.
 
 
+20 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:57
Pat: I think yours is a very thoughtful comment. Some of us do really seem to have rendezvous with history. The UN speech was Powell's rendezvous. He flubbed it miserably--with what contribution to the consequent murderous catastrophe (still in progress), it is hard to calculate. It reminds me of a time I sat on a little tram that runs under the Capitol in Washington. J. William Fulbright was sitting next to me. Fulbright was doing all he could to put the breaks on the Vietnam War. He had green-lighted it by shepherding Johnson's fiction-filled Tonkin Gulf Resolution through the Senate. He looked absolutely inconsolable. The difference from Powell, I would say, is Fulbright didn't entertain the flicker of a doubt that he had failed his moment, and he accepted that he was guilty. (Well, he was still mad as hell with Rusk and Johnson for chumping him.)
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:48
What we are missing are leaders like Fulbright. They could admit it when wrong and try to make amends. BTW, Fulbright was Bill Clinton's mentor and greatest influence.
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:29
Slight correction to great comment by "ohwhatever:"

I think that Powell's State team and "baseball president" "W." were handled by Cheney.

"By Cheney" means thru the CIA and its boss. The dominant intel agency was the Defense Department including "Rummy" Wolfowitz and out/in-sider Pearle.

Powell was "kept in the dark and fed ______!" And W was led by his nose - to be the "heroic and strong" Commander and Chief "military-savio r!"

Let's talk about what "Commander and Chief" really means. To be "top-general" and military action executor or promoter? Or, "controller" of the Department of Defense - and the vice-president as in this case.

Principals in this case were Cheney and Rummy - along with all other advocates of ""walk"-in-to" the "axis of evil" guys like "hawks for Israel", Israeli hawks, get-Sadam-out Iraqis, etc who couldn't pull it off without Cheney-oil-inc and Rummy - and blocking Gore or Maverick from office.
 
 
+20 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:38
i suppose next powell will be apologizing for covering up the mai lai massacre in vietnam, while he was making his chops there.

are we supposed to believe that this political general was so dumb he had no clue as to what the crazy power-mad neocons were up to? maybe if he was dumb enough to pursue a career in the military he really was that stupid re iraq. but if colin p were to scrub toilets with a toothbrush for the rest of his life i still couldn't forgive him and his blind ambition.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-05 06:16
Nope.
He'll say that My Lai could have been avoided, but that the best intelligence we had was that the 500 women and children our troops murdered were terrorists. So nobody committed a crime.
(The System Works!)
 
 
+33 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:39
Yes, the Iraq War could have been averted if former Gen. Powell had stood up to Bush & Co. and said, "No, Mr President, I will not lie for you. I will not send young Americans to their deaths on the basis of that lie" (or, at the very least, on the basis of highly disputed intel). But he did no such thing. He did their bidding. So many lives, so much treasure and Powell's own integrity squandered. A tragedy.
 
 
+36 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:41
What a mealy-mouthed excuse! He lied to the UN and KNEW he was lying. He knew that Saddam had caved in and offered totally free access for inspectors. He knew Hans Blix had urged time and resources to follow that up-. He knew his own crowd brushed Blix aside. If he and they had really thought there were WMDs they'd have called Saddam's bluff and if there were WMDs Blix's team would have found them and they could have been seized, averting war, mass murder, occupation and the reward of geostrategic advantage. When the Germans and Japanese committed aggression the ringleaders were hanged for this war crime. By the same token Bush, Cheney, Blair and Howard - and Powell - deserve to hang.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-05 09:04
As a an opponent of capital punishment, I have trouble with hangings. But I share your outrage, Julian. What about our present spineless president? It's clear he means to let these murderous crimes stand--as precedents for ongoing American policy!
 
 
+29 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:43
Eight and a half years later and this sonofabitch is still lying through his teeth. He knew the intelligence was untrue. And if he didn't (yeah, right), as Secretary of State, he should have known.

That entire administration should be prosecuted and incarcerated -- or hung!
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:14
i totally agree with "vitobonespur" You got that right.
 
 
+42 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:44
Cheney knew the intelligence was wrong.

He and Bush should be indicted for murder. It is fraudulent murder to trick someone (like our soldiers) into dying.

It is not and never will be too late to indict them. There is no statute of limitations for the crime of murder.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-05 15:13
Well said genierae - I couldn't agree more. People should read then State Senator Obama's speech he gave in 2003 where he predicted exactly what that "dumb" war would cost in lives and treasure.
 
 
+28 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:54
In 1968, Powell -- then a Captain or Major -- played a still murky role in trying to cover up the My Lai massacre. The Cheney/Bush regime talked of invading Iraq the first week they were in the White House, in January 2001. The original name for the invasion of Iraq was Operation Iraqi Liberation. It was changed after the spin doctors decided that -- while it felt so good to rub it in the world's face -- the acronym for the invasion spelled out the reason for it. At first, we learned that the Iraqis would go to the wall to protect their oil. Now that we've left 50,000 combat troops and perhaps 100,000 armed civilians, We read that the Iraqi oil is firmly under control of the invaders, with some spilloff to that "coalition of the willing" who didn't want to be cut out of their share of oil.

We're certainly easy to fool, even with stories as harebrained as WMD.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-04 23:56
And moreover - re: "blood on your hands" to Powell: Try this "blood" in order of descending responsibility for a "war-crime" that was executed so poorly - "over in weeks, maybe months" - resulting in multi thousands of humans dead and wounded:
-Parts of the DOD that executed the great con game and co-operated.
-Parts of the CIA leadership that co-operated.
-All - I think - Republicans in Congress/Senate - remember: "freedom fries" - ok, except a few.
-Almost all Dems in Congress/Senate - except more than a few braver souls.
-Former big-shots like William Clinton who ignorantly advocated the "cake-walk" war.
-A whole lot of pundits.
-A whole lot of American civilians - not all - not me.

Lets remember the extremely wise objectors who were ignored - starting with W's father and his team. And then "that team" did such an excellent job of - both - getting "global" support for "kicking Sadam out or Kuwait and then that Gulf War One excellent execution.
 
 
+24 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:39
Do keep in mind, Paul, that George Senior also lied, when preparing to attack Iraq. Not only did he lie about the vulnerability of Kuwait (He left them hanging out there alone.) he also lied about not knowing about Hussein's tanks on Kuwait's border. Spy satellites and the CIA were all at his disposal, just as they were for his best beloved son.

It is pretty much lies all the way down, and has been during quite a few presidential administrations . The U.S. is guilty of the deaths of literally millions thanks to these lies.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-05 12:52
I remember reading somewhere that Saddam Hussein talked to the US ambassador to Iraq at the time, about invading Kuwait and taking Iraq's land back. She told him that the US didn't get involved in border disputes. It sounds like he was set up.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-05 16:43
He definitely was, genierae, right from the beginning. Representatives of the U.S. have set people up, lied to them (and U.S. citizens) and then taken them down.

Reminds me of a cowboy movie. The U.S. as the bad guy shooter, rolls into town, baits another guy, throws a gun out on the ground, tells the other guy to pick it up. PICK IT UP. As soon as the other guy picks it up... Well you know the results. We've all seen the movie.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:59
Then, the bad guy takes his horse, saddle and every things else with the stone faced townspeople standing by in cold fear of getting the same treatment.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 11:55
Let's not forget the common denominator in all these crimes. The clever manipulations of a shadow global power headed by Henry Kissinger. He's not let up for a second and he's still as powerful as ever.
 
 
+36 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:04
Oh my god this is ghastly. Sadaam did let the inspectors back into the country in November of 2002 and they scoured the country for four months prior to the invasion with no WMD's found. They used all the available intelligence from a multitude of countries and came up empty after following every lead. For gods sake they were allowed into every place they wanted to search and came up empty. Powel is and was a god damned liar. This is just a shocking development in the rewriting of the illegal invasion.
 
 
+23 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:07
Remember, too, that the UN inspectors requested the CIA to provide them with intel to aid their WMD search; their request was ignored. Also, when Bush's "shock and awe" invasion became imminent, Saddam Hussein publicly invited Bush to send CIA members to Iraq to check out, unfettered, the sites where they "knew" he stored WMD. Bush ignored the invitation. What will (and should) disgrace our country forever was the absence of rage from the media, Congress, the American people AND COLIN POWELL when the WMD lies were finally stripped naked. I will go to the grave still feeling shame that my country refused to impeach Bush and indict him and his cohorts for war crimes.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 20:55
"I will go to the grave still feeling shame that my country refused to impeach Bush and indict him and his cohorts for war crimes."

We can largely thank Obama and Nancy Pelosi for refusing to indict Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al for war crimes. It may take decades, but it can still happen.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-06 08:51
Without the national news media's unquestioning cooperation in spreading their pre-war propaganda, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al couldn't have launched their desired war. So, the news media should also be accountable for the illegal,immoral war and its unintended consequences. To impeach Bush and Cheney, Obama and Pelosi would have required broad media cooperation, especially editorially, in gaining public/politica l support. I assume that, because the media was an accessory to the impeachment charges, Obama and Pelosi recognized the reality that media editorial support for impeachment wouldn't be forthcoming. Instead, they probably hoped that Republicans would gratefully reward their inaction with their political cooperation. Ha!
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:26
Obama and Pelosi had enough political savvy to know it was impossible without overwhelming public support and the votes in Congress. Neither the public nor their elected representatives have shown the backing needed to bring the criminals to justice. What will it take to give them the backing they need to counter the embedded Cheney/Rove operatives in and out of the government.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:22
We did not have their backs well enough protected for them to do that and still don't. Rove and company still rule the public opinion making machinery and Congress is full of shills and cowards. What have we done to change that? Obama and Pelosi do not operate in a vacuum and are not magicians.
 
 
+32 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:07
This is patently absurd. Surely he read what the rest of the world outside America was reading. Even old backwater Canadians like me knew the WMD ruse was a myth. I remember watching that speech and remarking to my wife that it was sad to see a good man embroiled in this manipulative deceit spun by the Bush administration; he was blinded by the limelight power he was given. And now he still insists he did not understand? Why then did 10's of millions around the globe realize what he did not?
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:21
Damn well said, Jim. You expressed my reactions to a tee.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-08 21:08
I agree with you completely Jim. The entire basis for this "war" and this is a rather loosely used term was based on absolutely nothing. Having done two tours of duty in Iraq this continues to enrage and at times sicken me. I never for one minute believed the lies and total BS that was spewed upon this country. And I will never change my views.
 
 
+33 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:07
Bush/cheney invaded iraq for one and only one reason: to control oil in the middle east. Period.

They lied to our poor boys to get them to go die for oil.'

They both should be tried for murder.
 
 
+39 # Texas Aggie 2010-09-05 00:09
"...at the same time, we had every reason to believe it was correct"

No, you did not and you know it. All the stuff you presented at the UN came from a single source, Curveball, that the German intelligence had told you was lying out his butt. The weapons inspectors told you that there were no WMD and you went to war anyhow. You even hurried the war by kicking out the inspectors when it became painfully obvious that the excuse you were using, WMD, was false. So your statement that if there had been proof that no WMD existed, there would have been no war, is blatantly false. Continuing to make excuses for yourself just besmirches your reputation even worse than it already is.

Bush began planning for that war as soon as he went into office and only needed some half-baked excuse to start it. He wanted to be a war president and wasn't going to pass up the opportunity no matter what happened, and you know it.
 
 
+38 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:12
Mr Powell continues to try to wash his hands. But not all the perfumes of Araby can wash away the blood or the stench. He can never erase his part in the plot. There were many - recall Scott Ritter´s many reports that earlier Weapons Inspectors had destroyed the WMD - who knew there were none. We heard later UK top sources knew that the intelligence was being fixed. Colin Powell was Secretary of State. He must have been aware of the planning in the Security Council to get the resolutions against Saddam passed, as a first step, to make way for war. The Brits knew and were complicit. The French finally succumbed and supported the resolution BECAUSE OF COLIN POWELL´S PRESENTATION! Remember the desperate campaigning to get UN Reps to support their second resolution, but enough UN Reps. said "NO, WE WILL NOT GO ALONG". They went to war as planned. A BLOT on his reputation? Is that the regret? None for death and suffering of untold numbers, loss of freedom for Iraqi women, ongoing sectarian strife?
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-05 18:05
He just "wants his life back!"
 
 
+18 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:27
Not buying his "I was just the messenger" routine. He did what he did to keep his standing in the Bush Admin. Tragic sellout. Now he should keep his mouth shut and just fade away.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:16
No, instead of shutting up, he should publicly get down on his knees and beg all the victims of the "war of lies" for their forgiveness. And, then leave the U.S. for good taking Bush, et al with him.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:02
I'm more with Dick than Dean on this one. Unless we finally make a big deal out of this--this ISN'T an "oops!"--we're just going to keep on doing it. Either we start to get ship-shape, or the Titanic is going down.
 
 
+23 # Guest 2010-09-05 00:33
History will show the truth that the WMD scam was not the first theme/excuse to invade Iraq. Others were presented and rejected until the ultimate "scare" of WMD did the job. Thus the proof that WMD could simply not have been the real reason or it would have been the first and ONLY one. It was and always be a lie. I still cannot understand why the coverage of this has not resulted in doing the back-check of what had been published at that time! It is still in the archives!
 
 
+31 # Guest 2010-09-05 01:11
Hans Blix questioned it. CIA reports questioned it. Scott Ritter said there were no WMD. Bush FORCED the inspectors out. Powell's self-serving revisionism is crap. "Had it been proven..." Plenty of people said there was likely nothing of consequence left in Saddam's arsenal. PLENTY of people. This is a little game of wording he is playing. Disgusting.
 
 
+35 # Guest 2010-09-05 01:15
With all due respect, Powell's comments are so ridiculous, it's embarrassing.

The 'fix' was in and the facts were going to be manufactured to meet the end goal. When 'Bush & Company' believe the ends justify the means, you get Iraq. Anyone who questioned the 'facts' were manipulated out of the picture. Just look at what happened to Wilson and his wife.

Currently, the 'just say no' republicans, want to take 'credit' for 'solutions' to problems that they created in the first place. Ain't that a kick in the head! The fox is saying that the chicken made me eat it.

The Emperor has no clothes. The King is in the all-together, as naked as the day that he was born.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 01:33
He's running for president. I know this because he's on a new lying campaign.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:38
I think he's running from his place in history and the shameful part he played. By this partial admission, he's just covering himself with more shame and guilt. It's Othello blaming Iago for the death of his fair faithful wife. Iago was the evil one but knew how to play on Othello's weaknesses. Who's more to blame?
 
 
+40 # Guest 2010-09-05 01:54
Mr. Powell you are a liar and a traitor to your nation. You knew the evidence that Cheney's office came up with was false. In fact when they gave you the script, after reading you threw it in the air and said "I'm not going to read this crap" but you buckled and for that you will always be a traitor to your nation. When you could have stood and shown character you buckled, and that is unforgivable. It cost many people their lives on both sides.
 
 
+19 # Guest 2010-09-05 02:42
To go to war is a very serious step for a country and government. Just look at Think of all the death and misery this war has caused.

Many thousands of dead or maimed people.

The explanation? Oops, we made a mistake.

The US is spending many millions on so called intelligence. We are not getting much for our money. Some of our industries are cashing in big. I think that is the answer.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:47
It's obvious that our intelligence and how it is cooked is no better now than before Iraq's invasion. It is what the cookers want it to be. Look what is still happening in the show trials of the Guantanamo detainees. Look at what happened to Valerie Plame and how Cheney evaded criminal charges. Bush knew he was guilty and wouldn't grant his wish to pardon his scapegoat, Scooter. When is Bush going to have a come-to-Jesus moment?
 
 
+15 # Guest 2010-09-05 02:43
In 2001 - 2003 we had no direct intelligence assets in Iraq; consequently we relied heavily upon inherently-susp ect, second-hand (mis)informatio n supplied by Iraqi dissidents, deserters and defectors and Israel Intelligence agencies . . . virtually all of whom had their own anti-Iraq agendas.

Reliable counter information-to- the-contrary was available on the internet: there would be no WMD's or WMD programs found and Saddam's Iraq had had no dealings with Al Qaida. Loud voices of caution came from around the world, but we ignored them.

As Secretary of State, Powell had tools and personnel to track down the truth, but he didn't! Later, as the Iraq situation devolved into the wanton destruction of non-military targets and caused the death, disfigurement and displacement of 5,000,000 Iraqis, he remained silent & loyal to men who, by rights, should be brought up on charges of war crimes. Unfortunately, Colin Powell's legacy is one of shame.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 12:30
Dave I have to once again say that the lack of "humint" was a lie because Saddam had let the UN Inspectors back into the country for four months preceding the invasion and they were allowed to go into any area they requested. This wasn't spy type intell but direct and free access to anyplace they had any clue they might find WMD, precursors or programs. If I remember correctly the State Dept's own intell agency was rejecting the OSP concocted false evidence as well as Powell's deputy Lawrence Wilkerson has testified. This is shameless lying by Powell as part of the revisionist history effort underway with the publishing of Blair and Bush's bullshit books.
 
 
+24 # Guest 2010-09-05 02:51
So, who`s gonna go to jail for that faux pas, Mr Powell? For the approx 1 million Iraqis killed - You? Mr Bush? Mrs Rice?
You better not show up in Europe in the near future because you may be held responsible for that one by the international court in The Hague (remember Mr Pinochet?)
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-09-05 02:55
Sorry, Mr. Powell, you were duped. If you actually still believe that Bush and company were just as innocent as you were about there being WMD in Iraq, I've got a bridge named Brooklyn that you can buy. Of course, Bush and Cheney knew it was not true. They contrived it in order to attack Iraq. They duped their constituents; they duped other countries and they duped everyone in this country with the exception of a few CIA guys and some very astute Democrats who were wringing their hands and going nuts because most people didn't believe what they said.
 
 
+32 # Guest 2010-09-05 03:22
In fact, it is well-known that Powell and his staff rejected a lot of the information that was pushed at him, by the US Intelligence folks, for the crucial speech: He knew it was essentially false. They changed the wording to make it TECHNICALLY non-incorrect ("BRITISH intelligence SAYS..."); but they knew it was basically false.

In my opinion, Powell has a heavy burden of guilt: If he had had the courage of his convictions to resign before the invasion, it could have prevented the war. Powell had the respect and attention of the American people at that time.

Very sad: a missed opportunity for the world.
 
 
+24 # Guest 2010-09-05 04:34
The man has no integrity, no back bone and not an ounce of humanity in his whole body, how dare he even suggest that war could have been avoided when they had every intention of starting a war or two even before 9/11.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:53
I still think it is playing into their hands every time the invasion and occupation is called a 'war.' Wars require an enemy and we did not have one. It was a walkover. It would help some if people would call it what it was.
 
 
+22 # Guest 2010-09-05 04:46
I once Loved Colin Powell......... That is no longer true !

The Colin Powell I thought I knew was an honest man who could be relied upon to do the right thing.

Today as I look at Colin Powell I see a man who has the blood of very many humans dripping from his soul. He missed the opportunity to do good in this World when he became just another Liar in the G.W.Bush administration. In his position he was being paid by the Soldiers and the American people to always tell the truth.

He failed miserably. I once loved you Colin Powell but that feeling in my heart is all History Now. Just perhaps you can redeem yourself by joining me and asking that the Republicans pay for their lies in November.

Help us elect Honest Democrats who will now do the right things for the American people!
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-05 19:56
Good luck finding any!
 
 
+27 # Guest 2010-09-05 04:51
Millions of people with no knowledge of the CIA intelligence or the Bush-Cheney plot to invade Iraq, protested on the streets of the world against this sinister scheme to take over the production of oil in the mid-east. Instinctively people sensed that war was not good for humans and the economy of working folks; only for the industries that serve the military. Of course, these people who would be called upon to fight this stupid war were ignored, and Cheney's Halliburton was awarded a no-bid contract worth billions to rebuild Iraq. The crimes against humanity escalated and none of these criminals will ever go to jail. There was no exit plan so the U.S. will be in Iraq for many years to come.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 12:17
Halliburton has their stamp all over Baghdad. Despite claims that there is electricity there now, ok, I guess you could call it electricity, but the blackouts are daily and surges cause house fires, etc. Lovely.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:21
How many soldiers were killed in the showers by that electricity? And no one held responsible as far as I can tell. They subcontracted these jobs to people who did not know what they were doing, and kept most of the money for themselves. Has anyone looked at Mr. Cheney's hands? Blood-red, I expect.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:55
No exit plan in sight. Combat troops come home to be replaced by private armies and mercenaries, higher costs to taxpayers and less accountability.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-05 05:28
Colin Powell for all of his remarks in this article was a Liar, thru and thru. I cannot believe that he did not confirm the intelligence he says was instrumental in invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/ll, and all to do about OIL. That premise is happening right now, and the division of Oil Profits in Iraq are going to cause a lot of misery, unless the Iraq government tells everyone to get the hell out of their country and let them do what they want to do with the OIL in their country. The country of Iraq is not the 51st State of the US, and I can only hope that the 50,000 American troops there, (and God Only knows how many of the Military contractors are left in that country) be taken out, as Pres. Obama has said, all of them in 2011. We shall see.....
 
 
+17 # SteveLaudig 2010-09-05 05:56
His career began with covering up war crimes in Vietnam [My Lai] and his career ended with him committing the war crime of Iraq. He is an affirmative action baby with no career only blots. Are we supposed to believe that he is so stupid that he missed My Lai AND the falsehoods he told to the U.N.? If he was that credulous how’d he get so far.

I think he’s lying when he says he was misled. He is pretending to have been fooled.
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-09-05 06:08
Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Feith, etc - all of them liars and traitors. They should be prosecuted, but who can do it ?
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:00
It makes one wonder how China managed to try the Gang of Four that turned billions of people into slaves. If they hadn't, they would not been able to recover as they have.

We will not recover until we can find a way to expiate our collective guilt and put these worst of the worst criminals on trial. I sense no national will to do either. We are our own worst enemy in so many ways.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 00:20
bjw, I am sure China could try the Gang of Four because the rulers have absolute power. They do NOT have to contend with A HOUSE and A SENATE as we do. Also they do not have a poesky press. Anyone speaking out against the government will be jailed.

Which is why, so far it would be impossible to indict the criminals in the Bush adm.

There is no way the republicans would go along, and the democrats sure can not do it alone. When Obama took office we were "FALLING off a CLIFF" financially.

It would totally have broken up the country if his justice department had indicted anybody in the Bush adm. Too bad.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-07 00:28
continued. Think also about the fact that Obama is the first black, or half black president. He would have been called an angry black man, who didn't know his place. You can bet on that.
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-05 06:29
This is unbelievable. As others have said, there were key figures in U.S. - and internationally - who did not agree with WMD "intelligence" - Mahmoud el-Baradi for one. Bush may not have known the war was illegal because he is, and was, ignorant. Second, Cheney was calling shots in this case and Bush was a puppet. He didn't care about legalities. He had a Messiah complex - I'm the Decider - and pretty much did what he wanted. And as for the claim that Congress believed the war was legal - just read or review the speeches on the floor from Rep. Barbara Lee , Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Sen. Robert Byrd - among others - who knew the war was illegal.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-05 07:18
It was to rob the Iraq Museum of Antiquities, as well as for the oil. Colin Powell has certainly done his fair share of brown-nosing. Does he actually think brown-nosing the "truthers" now will help?

No, Mr Powell, you blew it. You're a war criminal, just like the rest of that crowd.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:08
Why is Tariq Aziz in prison and not Colin Powell? Why was Saddam executed and not Kissinger, Cheney, Rice and the whole cast of war crimes deniers. As a whole, our country is overrun with greedy butts, hypocrites,liar s and mindless wonders. Hard to love such a country but it's the one we have. Lord, have mercy.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:14
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/14/60II/main577975.shtml

60 Minutes - 2003
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:24
Powell knowingly lied to the UN and his fellow U.S. citizens to justify an invasion he knew was illegal. He is still lying to cover up his moral cowardice by suggesting that Saddam refused to allow UN inspectors. Saddam was fully cooperating with UN inspectors, who were finding no evidence of WMD in Iraq, at the very time that Bush ordered them out of Iraq so he could commence bombing. Bush-Cheney knew that the UN inspectors would report no evidence of WMD in Iraq, and thus evicted them before they could issue that report.

By continuing to lie about events leading up to the illegal Iraq invasion, Powell is only exposing how very complicit he was in giving the Bush-Cheney war machine the false propaganda they needed to justify their illegal war.

Powell is not only a coward but a traitor to his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. He belongs in jail.
 
 
+9 # wmgrant 2010-09-05 08:29
Mr. Powell: during your UN speech and display of photos I was skeptical of the 'chem-trailers' since they, to me, looked a lot like ones I had viewed for years in Ohio farm fields. Plus at the time many media outlets and groups were questioning the WMD claim and more time should have been devoted to validating same.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:30
Hogwash! The UN weapons inspectors were back in Iraq months before our illegal Iraq invasion. The media, which was in Bush's pocket otherwise, told us that when Bush gave Powell the prepared speech he was to give to the UN Security Council, Powell was so angry he threw the sheets of paper up in the air. Powell is no angel. He should be in jail with the rest of that horrid Bush cabal.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:38
Powell, alone, had the gravitas and respect around the world to stop the U.S. from going into Iraq. He went against everything he ever preached about going to war, and bent over and gave the criminals, ie Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, Rice, and Libby, the credibility that they lacked. He sold out the soldiers and his country, and he has blood on his hands for the death and destruction. Ever since, he has been looking for absolution. May this torture him to his grave and beyond!
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:38
As so many of the comments state: This is much too little, much too late. Colin still wants to lie his way into forgiveness. He says: "We had every reason to believe the intelligence was correct." This is not true. Hans Blix was out there. Scott Ritter was out there. For God's sake, Reuters News was out there flagging this WMD as "concocted news" whenever it could. "60 Minutes" has done a pretty impressive review of counter-evidenc e Powell and others could have looked at. Moyers, on his Journal, did an excellent review. But of course Powell and company DID know of these things. Like Feinstein, like Hillary, Powell preferred to go along to get along; and he green-lighted the murder of thousands of Iraqis and the smashing of Iraq. Whether there is any meaningful way to say you're sorry for such a thing, I do not know. I'm sure though, that if there is, Colin hasn't found it.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 12:39
Yeah Tom I agree with the going along to get along cynical political gambling that the invasion would go smoothly. Had Hillary Clinton used this moment to stand against the war rather than shamelessly going along with it she would be POTUS right now.
 
 
+19 # mattucee 2010-09-05 08:42
Colin says of the intelligence on WMD's, "I did not pull it out of the air..." No Colin, you pulled it out of your colon! He's a lying scoundrel. He and the Bush cabal fabricated the entire WMD story. They and PNAC had Iraq on the agenda before they stole the election.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:46
Colin Powell is nothing more than a spokesperson for those who would stop at nothing in order that they may control the world's resources. Lives mean absolutely nothing to them. The poor and working class people's of the world are duped into becoming their canon fodder. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the lies continue to flow from this rotten, tool of the ruling class. Gen. Smedley Butler said it years ago, "War Is Racket And Always will be."
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-05 08:47
Perhaps Powell wants to make himself look good if he decides to run for president, but the whole scheme was for Poppy to get his son elected, come up with a reason to invade, eliminate Saddam, out of revenge,-- because Saddam didn't play the Bush game in Kuwait. Poppa thought that after his old "friend"
invaded Kuwait, and then told Saddam to get his butt out, Poppy would become the hero to the Kuwait's, and gain control of the oil. Invading Iraq was out of spite in which a country was destroyed and millions died. I'm sure Powell knew.
 
 
+20 # Guest 2010-09-05 09:07
We need to get the "War Crimes " trials started.

I'll never forget Rumsfeld saying on NBC evening news, "They (WMDs) are here. We KNOW they are here. Just a matter of time to find them.

America. We KNOW who the war criminals are.
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-05 09:34
Iraq War Could Have Been averted if Colin Powell would not lie to UN.

Where is international court - Haague - for these criminals?
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:14
The major powers were complicit in these crimes. Who can bring the guilty to court? Not Iraq which is in shambles and suffered the most? Who, then? Who does not have blood on their hands? Who was not part of the coalition? Cuba? Iran?
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:02
In hindsight, from Colin Powell's first words (to the UN) he was painfully, obviously and (arguably) criminally wrong. This all begs the questions:

1. Once his UN presentation was proved to be factually and morally wrong, why didn't he immediately do the right things: admit his answerability and resign from the Bush Administration?

2. Why did he wait almost a decade to even mention the obscenely expensive Iraq war whose degree of disaster has yet to be estimated?

3. Why broach the subject in Japan, of all places? Why not in America, to Americans?

4. What’s wrong with dumping the whole truth today, right here in the USA? Shame? Liability?

The world is waiting for the other shoe to drop.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:10
Powell disgusts me.

I don't buy this apologist nonsense that the "intelligence was just wrong." I mean, really. *All* the intelligence sources the US has access to were "just wrong?" Or, more likely, was it just those that the administration wanted to believe? As if military and foreign intelligence assessments were just so black and white with no gray areas inherent.

Powell sacrificed integrity for the sake of expediency and his own ambition. He could have called "BS" prior to the invasion and stopped the whole thing. He could have resigned. But he didn't. He acted as a shill for GWB.

At least the British Foreign Secretary had the stones to resign in the fallout of the storm of lies surrounding Iraq.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:24
"Could've" , "Should've", "Would've"! It'd be much more becoming for the General to keep silent. Does he really expect to be believed, when even his "limited hangout" continues to contain one or several of the many lies and misrepresentati ons at the core of the manufactured rationales to "justify" the attack and on Iraq and the vast destruction of its life, property, and institutions, to say nothing of the damage inflicted on our own country's reputation and the hatred for us generated across the watching world.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-05 11:34
Powell's like McNamara, Herb. This was a blunder of such proportions that there may be no vocabulary in which to talk about it.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-05 10:37
The ex-Chief of Staff and Secretary of State did not know it was a lie? I watched his speech in shock -- I knew it was a lie! Powell is a self-serving coward and a traitor to his country and to mankind. He needs to be tried by the World Criminal Court for mass crimes against humanity, along with his mentors and directors Bush and Cheney.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:09
Quoting Rafe Pilgrim:
The ex-Chief of Staff and Secretary of State did not know it was a lie? I watched his speech in shock -- I knew it was a lie! Powell is a self-serving coward and a traitor to his country and to mankind. He needs to be tried by the World Criminal Court for mass crimes against humanity, along with his mentors and directors Bush and Cheney.

How does the campaign get started? America needs to try to bring these criminals to justice!
 
 
+11 # Guest 2010-09-05 11:13
The facts at the time proved the U.S. had no justification for attacking the nation and people of Iraq. Most nations, intelligence agencies, human rights organizations and world citizens opposed this brutal and insane intervention. All that death and destruction at the folly of a one state administration, with cronies meant to profit from oil, arms and no bid contracts. If these war criminals are not convicted, we will be accomplices to it and the next one and the next one........ By the way, the death penalty is, merely, another act of state sponsored (mob), premeditated murder, having no relation or effect on identifying or preventing these fascist acts. Sorry, but, it's not that easy.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:10
Thomasaf: I seldom read something I agree with 100% I agree with what you say here 100%
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:19
We still have not paid reparations for our crimes in VN and southeast Asia or many other going back even further. Our history is splattered with war crimes and war criminals made into heros... of their pictures on on our currency.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-05 13:03
Wars are very expensive to fight both moneywise and the lives of human beings. That is the main reason for our economic plight.
 
 
+11 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:28
Expensive for the people, yes. Wildly profitable for the weapons industry and other warmongers.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 13:17
I think it is worse that Cheney and others had an evil preconceived belief in WMD and cherry-picked hogwash from Ahmed Chalabi and Rafid Ahmed Ahlwan (Curveball) to make the case for a war they had wanted to wage since the beginning of the administration. Cheney used the expression "incontrovertib le evidence" in a nationally televised speech. Recall that at the time of the invasion, we controlled two-thirds of Iraqi airspace and bombed any antiaircraft installation that turned on its radar. It is frightening beyond belief that the wrong wing believes its own lies, whether that is Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle (Bush never had a clue about anything except baseball) or Boehner and McConnell. Powell was a tool in both senses of the word.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:13
Quoting Mike Carpenter:
I think it is worse that Cheney and others had an evil preconceived belief in WMD and cherry-picked hogwash from Ahmed Chalabi and Rafid Ahmed Ahlwan (Curveball) to make the case for a war they had wanted to wage since the beginning of the administration. Cheney used the expression "incontrovertible evidence" in a nationally televised speech. Recall that at the time of the invasion, we controlled two-thirds of Iraqi airspace and bombed any antiaircraft installation that turned on its radar. It is frightening beyond belief that the wrong wing believes its own lies, whether that is Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle (Bush never had a clue about anything except baseball) or Boehner and McConnell. Powell was a tool in both senses of the word.

My sentiments exactly!
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-05 13:42
It is highly probable that Israel's intelligence service knew precisely that there were no so-called WMDs. It is arguable that they would share such information with us. I suspect that they did not to cause increased American presence in the region. Although I strongly support the state of Israel, it is clear that few of the players in the region had pure thoughts. Our motivations were (amazingly) revenge and control of Iraqi oil reserves.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:24
Israel shared a great deal of intelligence. The question is how much of it was real and how much was created to mislead and create facts on the ground. If you followed the Libby trial, there are many unsolved mysteries such a who forged the yellow cake letters. The Senate Intelligence committee report contains many such mysteries.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-05 13:49
I could smell that "intelligence" all the way out here in Minnesota. How come he couldn't smell it right there. Seems like he would have know the questionable character of Bush and Cheney. Why would anybody work for or with them? I am sorry, I cant afford to believe Powell, Bush or Cheney!
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:04
Powell is a coward and guilty of treason --- he endangered US troops by the perfidy of lying about a danger that did not exist to put troops in a danger that was real and cost thousands of lives. Worse, he still tries to excuse himself by blaming others. It was his job to analyze the data, know the truth and then present the truth not lies to the UN and other allies.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:26
Actually, he lied then and he's still lying:

"It was the intelligence that was wrong. I did not make up this information; I did not invent it; I did not pull it out of the air. It was information that our intelligence community stood behind," he stated.

NO, he plagiarized that "intelligence" verbatim from grad student's paper. Remember? Then when the source was discovered and the heat was turned up for an explanation, suddenly the media was more interested in telling people to prepare for a nuclear attack by buying duct tape, than holding Powell accountable. Even though the duct tape scare was laughed off by almost everyone, the deed was done; the national attention had been successfully diverted. Brilliant move, Meister Rove.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-05 14:38
Colin Powell could well have been the first black president of the U.S. GWB's administration, under the guidance of Dick Cheney and others, did unrepairable damage to America and to the careers of some fine people.

Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Ms. Rice; All needed T-shirts that said "I'm With Stupid".... But what did that make them?
Who is paying the price for all of the wrongs perpetrated and who were and still are, the big winners?

Shame on Pelosi, Obama and others for allowing that type of outcome. I have nobody on my list that's worthy of my vote.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:28
Shame on the whole country for not making it possible for Pelosi and Obama to bring charges. They could not have done it without a consensus and the right wing party of NO have made sure we had no chance of that. We have never been further from consensus on anything.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:18
Quoting George D:
Colin Powell could well have been the first black president of the U.S. GWB's administration, under the guidance of Dick Cheney and others, did unrepairable damage to America and to the careers of some fine people.

Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Ms. Rice; All needed T-shirts that said "I'm With Stupid".... But what did that make them?
Who is paying the price for all of the wrongs perpetrated and who were and still are, the big winners?

Shame on Pelosi, Obama and others for allowing that type of outcome. I have nobody on my list that's worthy of my vote.

No, no, no! You MUST vote.
 
 
-1 # Guest 2010-09-05 16:06
Colin Powell is a rare thing: a Republican with a conscience!

Unfortunately, I think his role in the GW administration was more powerful than he realized. His presence gave the entire regime legitimacy it did not otherwise deserve.

He should feel guilty for his involvement in a corrupt regime. If he had quit earlier, it would have encouraged more dissent, among the media and the Democrats. I do not believe as the press does that government officials are naive about their actions. He should have known better, and indeed he did.

Alas, his mistake is greatly overshadowed by many many others in Cheney/Bush regime.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-05 16:32
Yes, it could have been averted if Colin Powell had not delivered his bag of BS at the UN. The only thing this joke is trying to avert is blame.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-05 17:05
Colin Powell and Robert MacNamara are, indeed comparable. MacNamara's Pentagon was pissed because President Kennedy ordered the pullout from Vietnam. They were mad because their corporate weapons manufacturer buddies demanded that the generals influence Congress to lie about a non-existent threat from North Vietnam.

JFK still withdrew forces from "Nam." They would have settled on invading Cuba, but JFK turned that down as well.

In the case of Iraq, the deaths of 3,000 Americans was caused when 19 mostly Saudi Arabian terrorists, led by a CIA asset named bin Laden, took over jet airliners with missiles attached to their fuselages, and flew them into three buildings and a 10 foot wide hole in the ground, leaving no bodies or plane parts. And Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Powell and Condi sold this lemonade to a shocked nation.

The 9/11 Commission was "put together by those involved in much the same way as the Warren Commission was, and for similar reasons.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-05 17:38
Reading all these comments posted here today, it seems we all saw through the Bush lies in 2001, 2002 and 2003 in spite of the fact all our mass news media (newspaper and TV) were supporting those lies 100%. The mass media is still against us, but we have to find a way to get this Bush White House cabal tried in the proper criminal court. The future of the United States depends on it.
 
 
+4 # Windy126 2010-09-05 18:20
So very glad to find so many people who have the same view and memories of Iraq that I do. I argued long and strong with many that the war was a mistake, there were no WMD and that the US does not declare war unprovoked. I listened to Powell and lost all respect for him the day of the UN speech. So were do we stand today? With a nation of spineless wonders who are afraid to speak out in fear of upsetting someone. Just what are they going to do to you? Kill you? They can only do that once. And only to just so many people before someone gets wise to them. Do you really want to live the rest of your life in constant fear of bullies? Face them, tell them where to go, and how to get there.

I for one would like to be able to live my life without the money people in charge trying to tell me how to live. I am like Diogenes walking around looking for an honest person.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 00:13
The question in my mind was and still is why Powell caved in to the people whom he knew were lying. What was he to gain?
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:28
Quoting ayotunde oyinsan:
The question in my mind was and still is why Powell caved in to the people whom he knew were lying. What was he to gain?

Quoting bjw:
Shame on the whole country for not making it possible for Pelosi and Obama to bring charges. They could not have done it without a consensus and the right wing party of NO have made sure we had no chance of that. We have never been further from consensus on anything.

Powell's gain: Just remain with the IN ($$$$$) crowd.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-08 12:40
Powell had lots to gain-- future government position, potential corporate lobbyist, book/speaking fees, etc.
His son worked for the FCC, he did not want to rock the boat just like his whole career of serving masters.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 00:18
Of course the invasion could have been stopped. And many of us PLEADED with Mr. Powell to do so. But once he went to the UN and filled the chamber with lies, he lost any credibility he once had. It is sad to see him trying to rehabilitate himself. He may have been the most honorable of the Bush Mafia, but he is just as culpable as those who manipulated him.
 
 
+6 # Guest 2010-09-06 00:26
I support what y'all say here, and, as in the case of nearly all posters, I was not taken in by the lies of Bushco. They were transparent and easily disproven. What I find disappointing is that there were not more people on the streets protesting. The nation should have been brought to a standstill by a multitude of dissent. I was in anti-war rallies in LA and SF and the turnouts were staggeringly small given the obvious lies and how the US had been mislead into war in Viet Nam. As a friend of mine has told me time and again, there are too many people in the US who are comfortable with their consumerism and have no aspirations other than the next techno fad. Sad but true.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:48
I was at those rallies as were millions of others. However, we were outnumbered by people who did not want to be bothered or who wanted revenge for 9/11 so bad, they did not care how many innocent people had to suffer to make them feel better. There were people who thought their gas bill would come down if we could just take over the Iraqi oil fields for ourselves. The worst were the people who complained that protesters blocking traffic and using police time for rallies were making them angry and turning against the protesters and their cause to support the war. But it was the reporting or misreporting that was most to blame. Unless every citizen were doing their part, we had little chance of saving the country from collective murder and mayhem. This was extended into the "Support our Troop" hypocrisy.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:29
Quoting Ken Hall:
I support what y'all say here, and, as in the case of nearly all posters, I was not taken in by the lies of Bushco. They were transparent and easily disproven. What I find disappointing is that there were not more people on the streets protesting. The nation should have been brought to a standstill by a multitude of dissent. I was in anti-war rallies in LA and SF and the turnouts were staggeringly small given the obvious lies and how the US had been mislead into war in Viet Nam. As a friend of mine has told me time and again, there are too many people in the US who are comfortable with their consumerism and have no aspirations other than the next techno fad. Sad but true.

Sad But TRUE!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-06 09:34
At least Powell is human enough to admits his errors. Unlike the other non-American thugs, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Condoleeza and the entire GWB republican Administration lying thugs!

It's a shame that a man like Colin Powell allowed himself to be used by the GWB Administration. He tried to justify the lies his boss, GWB told him to convey the lies his Administration told him to repeat. Both GWB (the dumb one) and Powell (the smart one)were used by some of the most evil and insidious individuals on the planet.

These individuals, with the help of Colin Powell, open the door so that America (USA) would go on record and in the history books as being a nation ruled by war criminals and got away with without being prosecuted for it.

And because of it, Colin Powell will have to share in the blame by association.

In America, even decent good intentional human beings are fooled and used by evil beings!

Too bad, indeed.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-06 09:50
Kind of late to weigh in on this one it looks like. Great comments from a lot of people. "Shame" is obviously something that is not part of the political resume. Hence Powell's statements now. The real problem with the pre-Iraq invasion "intelligence" was the lack of same in a majority of the American people. Shockingly, even at this late and enlightened date, many are still clinging to same "imminent threat" mentality. War is Peace. I'm afraid we better get used to it.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 12:08
"I will always be seen as the one who made the major public presentation of that intelligence. I regret that it was wrong but, at the same time, we had every reason to believe it was correct," Powell said of the false WMD evidence.

That is a lie and Powell knows that it is a lie. Well before he made his infamous address which gave cachet to the Cheney-driven war hysteria, Powell's own State Department intelligence office had told him that the "evidence" for WMDs was bogus, manufactured by sources that were known to be unreliable, and peddled by activities with a vested interest in a war with Iraq. Powell went ahead anyway. He owed it to the Bush-Cheney administration for giving not only himself a high-profile job but also his ethically-chall enged son, who was appointed to chair the FCC.

Moral: The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 13:37
Too late Colin...You were used..There was contrary info at the time that suggested "patience" and further confirmation wouls save lives..Almost 5,000 US war dead...You can't run...You along with all involved should be indicted
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 10:33
Quoting jack Mchale:
Too late Colin...You were used..There was contrary info at the time that suggested "patience" and further confirmation wouls save lives..Almost 5,000 US war dead...You can't run...You along with all involved should be indicted

Thank you very much!
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-06 15:22
It is in our core political natures that the left will always question it's own and the right never will.
Despite what you feel about Obama's ability to push a more progressive agenda (war crimes etc.) it is far more important to spread enthusiasm for having at least the possibility of a liberal agenda.

There are more Democrats than Republicans in this country. But it's only going to matter if that majority shows up at the polls this November.

It's time for everyone to get on message in this election:
Do you want the party that will rebuild America or the party that will give tax breaks to the rich?

Repeat after me,
Do you want the party that will rebuild America or the party that will give tax breaks to the rich?

Tell a friend, spread the word, get enthusiastic about Obama.
If you don't you won't even have the possibility of pursuing a progressive agenda because the party of NO will be back on top...
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-06 19:16
2 BIG LIES:

1.Powell's own internal state dept. intelligence--h is own people--told him the evidence wasn't there.

2. The article itself perpetuates the lie that saddam husein refused to allow inspections, something that hillary clinton also insists on repeating.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-06 23:24
Colin Powell seeks to fabricate alibis for his role in starting the invasion of Iraq. He was a traitor, and history will remember him as a traitor. - George Beres
 
 
-1 # Guest 2010-09-07 11:51
What we needed back then was not a Colin Powell but a Claus von Stauffenberg..a nd a little luck. He might have derailed the train before it went over the cliff.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-07 12:29
Let's stop fooling ourselves with these falsehoods. If W. Bush, Cheney, Fox News and the Neocons truly believed Saddam had WMDs in his arsenal they would have treated him as they dealt with WMD-armed North Korea and left him alone. But they knew the inspectors had not found these weapons and by knowing this it guaranteed they would attack Iraq believing it would be a "slam dunk, cake walk." It was at first until the IEDs were used by the insurgency. Steve, WW2
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-10 16:20
Honor is a drop in the forehead of a person, if dropped the person can do all shame & dishonor...The honorable did not stay with the Bush team, Iraq is worse than at the time of Saddam, any real democratic government in Iraq will be anti American after what US had done
 

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