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Intro: "Has there been a more vastly overrated person in the past 50 years than Colin Powell? He helped cover up My Lai. He did his part to make sure that the Iran-Contra mess never came fully to light. He buckled under to chickenhawk bullies in the Bush White House and did his part to lie us into a destructive war with a speech to the U.N. that he knew was based on stovepiped bullshit from people he already didn't trust."

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)

Colin Powell Owes Us an Apology

By Charles Pierce, Esquire Magazine

15 May 12


as there been a more vastly overrated person in the past 50 years than Colin Powell? He helped cover up My Lai. He did his part to make sure that the Iran-Contra mess never came fully to light. He buckled under to chickenhawk bullies in the Bush White House and did his part to lie us into a destructive war with a speech to the U.N. that he knew was based on stovepiped bullshit from people he already didn't trust. And still, people trust him and revere him and, I have no doubt, if he came to them shilling another war, they'd salute and agree with him as devoutly as they did back in 2003, when he was before the UN talking about those lagoons of anthrax consomme that didn't really exist.

And now, of course, he's back with another book in which he polishes his own apple to a high gloss while ducking his responsibility for the greatest foreign-policy foul-up of our time. And he's still talking like a hapless apparatchik:

"By then, the President did not think war could be avoided," Powell writes. "He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met - and never would meet - to discuss the decision."

The president "didn't think war could be avoided"? Jesus H. Christ on a 10-day contract, at what point in his presidency did George W. Bush try to avoid a war with Iraq? Paul O'Neill has told us that he was spoiling for that fight almost immediately after the theft of the elect... er... the inauguration was complete. Donald Rumsfeld was talking about it while the towers were still burning. Dick Cheney was parceling out Iraqi oil fields almost from jump. The Downing Street Memos track it back to 2002. There was no "decision" made to go to war with Iraq because the entire administration was the decision. The passive voice is the sound of a true career underling trying to keep his job.

But the tap-dancing on his UN speech, the one that had liberal hawks like Richard Cohen all swoony, is an insult to history. Powell 'fesses up that the speech was "one of my most momentous failures, the one with the widest-ranging impact," but it is also not his fault. "Any public official" would have made that case, especially if they wanted to keep their phoney-baloney jobs. Remember that Cheney told Powell he should give the speech because Powell could afford to lose a few points off his approval numbers and, instead of spitting in that vile old vampire's eye, Powell went out and... gave the speech. There apparently is almost nothing a superior can do to this guy that makes him angry, but nasty bloggers piss him off.

"I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying - of knowing the information was false. I didn't."

Even assuming that's true, which I don't, not entirely, anyway, the question remains why in the hell didn't he know the information was false. He knew that some of what he was being fed by the White House was absolute moonshine. There are accounts of him literally tearing up intelligence reports and throwing them on the floor, and calling them "bullshit." So at that point, he knew he was being pushed to put his credibility on the line before the world on behalf of a case for war that he knew already was at least partly cooked. Is he the least suspicious person on the planet?

Sorry, you don't get a do-over on this one. You gave the speech. You made the case. It was all a lie, which you must have at least suspected at the time. Hundreds of thousands of people died, or were wounded, or were displaced. An apology is in order. In fact, several. your social media marketing partner


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+163 # bluepilgrim 2012-05-15 10:58
Apology? He should be brought up on charges in a court of law. Maybe in the Hague.
+45 # wantrealdemocracy 2012-05-15 12:10
Not only Powell needs to be charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, he needs to be at the Hague with Bush, Cheney and Obama. And we need to wise up and NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN!! Get that? NEVER. There is no 'lesser' evil. Evil is bad and both the Ds and the Rs are foul corporate creatures. Join the new Justice Party and vote for Rocky Anderson. Ron Paul is right on many issues but we need a government that acts in the interests of a community, not just for individuals. We need justice for all.
+45 # John Locke 2012-05-15 14:42
Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie ' Munich ' was based.
He was Golda Meir's bodyguard. She appointed him to track down and bring to
justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and
killed them during the Munich Olympic Games.

In a lecture in New York City a few weeks ago, Aviv shared information that
EVERY American needs to know----but that our government has not yet shared
with us.

Aviv predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox
News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time,
O'Reilly laughed and mocked him saying that in a week he wanted Aviv back on
the show. But, unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had

Juval Aviv gave intelligence (via what he had gathered in Israel and the
Middle East) to the Bush Administration about 9/11 a month before it
occurred. His report specifically said that they would use planes as bombs
and target high profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired
him as a security consultant.

A CIA Asset named Michael Riconisueto (sp) also gave Colen Powell the names of the hijackers at least one month before the attach of 9-11 Why wasn't anyone interested?
+7 # MitchelCohen 2012-05-16 09:12
Snopes says that Juval Aviv never served in the Mossad, and that he did not appear on Bill O'Reilly's show between Nov. 5, 2004 and July 8, 2005 (the day after the London train bombing). He was interviewed a few days AFTER the bombing, and so did not predict it beforehand. (Could have "predicted" it afterwards? :-) )
-1 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-18 13:48
I believe the majority of the so called "9/11 Truth Movement" is deliberate disinformation intended to smear anyone who has questions about the official story.

The whole "WTC 7 didn't get hit by an airplane, so why did it fall down if it wasn't controlled demolition" argument is an intentional distraction meant to obfuscate the real questions that have never been answered.
+17 # robbeygay 2012-05-15 18:20
Weren't several of them Convicted a day or two ago in the IHR Court Malaysia?
+12 # 2lilluc 2012-05-16 07:33
Along with Bush and Cheney and the rest of that sick corrupt administration.
+18 # carneyva 2012-05-16 10:39
Agreed. Powell has been revealed as an amoral opportunist. There's no line that he won't cross. And I don't want to hear a word he says now. He should have put his badge on the table and walked out rather get bitched out by those White House chickenhawks.
+5 # MEBrowning 2012-05-18 11:11
Amen to that.
+125 # fredboy 2012-05-15 11:01
OK, he doesn't want to be called a liar. So let's just say he is one of the stupidest sons of bitches on the planet, and his stupidity directly contributed to the deaths of tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands.
+30 # noitall 2012-05-15 16:08
He's got too much money to be guilty. To say that prisons are full of inocent people would be an insult to that population. There are probably more truely innocent people in that group than there are in Congress or the Administration. They're all just too rich to be guilty. The house of cards is easily shaken.
+26 # Jorge 2012-05-15 20:03
One thing to remember is Colin Powell had family in government and that must have played into his disturbing lying and conniving under W. Bush. His son (Michael) was appointed to the influential FCC in 1997 and W. Bush made him Chairman of the Commission on Jan. 22, 2001. Michael Powell pushed deregulation (leading to RW media consolidation) until he left the FCC in January 2005 and became a member of the Board of Trustees at the conservative Rand Corporation (he also worked at the College of William & Mary and served on various corporate boards). Michael Powell no doubt benefited from the pandering and subservience to the MIC of his dad.
+84 # dloehr 2012-05-15 11:11
It's worth remembering that ideologies creating closed circles where critiques are not allowed create True Believers. It's happened again in the TEA party, Republican party, fundamentalisms , fascisms, Wall Street, to a large extent in the mainstream media, even in our country as a whole. Maybe the only thing that could break this awful spell is the wholesale prosecution of these people whose True Beliefs broke laws. Our for-profit prisons would have to love it anyway....
+44 # cadan 2012-05-15 11:38
This is a really good point dloehr, i think. And maybe the circles don't have to be completely closed, just almost closed (after all, it looks more credible if they are almost closed).

Anyhow, i guess when you get caught up in an administration like Bush/Cheney's it is very hard to break out, and you end up lying, maybe eloquently, and getting all these people killed.

Sad, but i guess the righteous anger of Charles Pierce is right on point.
+2 # Cassandra2012 2012-05-17 12:54
Our Hunger Games?
+34 # lloydapianoman 2012-05-15 11:17
Colin Powell USED to be an honorable man. What a pity that he was associated with the worst administration in recent history, worse even than Carter's or Nixon's. (Or Reagan's. Or Bush Sr's) This is a pitiful explanation he has given for his tenure as Secretary of State. But then again there was a whole cadre of sorry asses in that administration.
+105 # GeeRob 2012-05-15 11:59
Something is terribly wrong when you compare the Carter Administration to those of Nixon, Reagan or either Bush. Jimmy Carter was the most moral president we've had in atleast 100 years.
+66 # AndreM5 2012-05-15 12:20
Huh? Can you explain exactly when it was the Powell was an honorable man? We are talking here about someone who routinely and professionally lied about MAJOR illegal events since the 1970's. You seem to be parroting the same nonsensical image the MSM has been selling about Powell.
+33 # John Locke 2012-05-15 14:44
Powell was just as corrupt as any government official, and if you think our current military staff are any different, wake up!
+6 # MEBrowning 2012-05-18 11:31
Yes, especially now that militant Christian fundamentalism has become so prevalent in the U.S. armed forces.
+11 # noitall 2012-05-15 16:13
At some point his facade was a shiny as many of the facades on the Hill. In order to get where they are, to reach that pinacle of "success" spelled ambition, they've got to step on a lot of faces. So to speak of "honor" one must keep it in context. Those people live in a different world that ours. In THEIR world, one might be more honorable than the other but the difference is subtle; has more to do with who gets caught. "He was such an honorable man until he was caught". Get it?
+33 # bluepilgrim 2012-05-15 14:21

Behind Colin Powell's Legend -- My Lai
By Robert Parry & Norman Solomon

While a horrific example of a Vietnam war crime, the My Lai massacre was not unique. It fit a long pattern of indiscriminate violence against civilians that had marred U.S. participation in the Vietnam War from its earliest days when Americans acted primarily as advisers.

In 1963, Capt. Colin Powell was one of those advisers, serving a first tour with a South Vietnamese army unit. Powell's detachment sought to discourage support for the Viet Cong by torching villages throughout the A Shau Valley. While other U.S. advisers protested this countrywide strategy as brutal and counter-product ive, Powell defended the "drain-the-sea" approach then -- and continued that defense in his 1995 memoirs, My American Journey. (See The Consortium, July 8)

Powell reported back exactly what his superiors wanted to hear. "In direct refutation of this [Glen's] portrayal," Powell concluded, "is the fact that relations between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent."

Powell's findings, of course, were false. But it would take another Americal hero, an infantryman named Ron Ridenhour, to piece together the truth about the atrocity at My Lai.
+33 # umrayya 2012-05-15 14:52
When was Colin Powell ever an honorable man? Was that when he was helping cover up the My Lai massacre? That was way before the Bush administration.
+9 # Dion Giles 2012-05-15 19:49
Used to? When?
+13 # futhark 2012-05-16 07:20
Colin Powell is and always has been a careerist. He knows who is buttering his toast and has always gone with the crowd he considers to be the "winners", that is, the military-indust rial complex. He will say or do anything to pander to these guys, regardless of the consequences to the less well connected. He has exploited his African American heritage to gain personal and professional advantages without delivering any real service to the American people.

As far as the "worst" administrations in history, hindsight has given me an increasingly positive appreciation of Jimmy Carter as president. Please don't lump him in with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan.
+90 # allie 2012-05-15 11:19
Geez! Finally an opinion piece on what I've been saying for years! Never understood the adulation of Colin Powell which also equates to those who think Newt Gingrich is the most intelligent republican out there.
+11 # carurosu 2012-05-15 11:25
Newt Gingrich probably is the most intelligen republican. Compared with the rest.
+16 # Terrapin 2012-05-15 12:46
carurosu ... WHAT is your standards of "Intellegence?'
+22 # Pickwicky 2012-05-15 16:40
Sorry, carurosu--as funny as your comment is, I cannot allow the term 'intelligent' to occur in the same sentence with 'Newt Gingrich.'
+18 # Pickwicky 2012-05-15 16:38
Aw, allie, don't ya get it? Colin is a black guy--a black Republican guy. Everyone was trying to love him, to make him feel whole, you know-- make up for his choice of skin color. It's one of the great paradoxes of human history: a black Democratic guy--a really good guy-- becomes president and everyone tries to destroy him.
+72 # JohnWayne 2012-05-15 11:27
Well, I suppose this finally shuts the door to any "Draft Colin Powell For President" grassroots upswelling. (insert smiley). Which brings me to the larger question: Was W's administration - the whole enchilada - the worst in history? One of the worst? Top five worse?
+83 # luvdoc 2012-05-15 11:35
If one of the country's best known generals, presumably a man of the highest character, & privy to the most secret of secrets didn't have the balls....and now the pentagon is trying to crucify Bradley Manning. Metaphorically, Colin Powell should be shining Manning's shoes. luvdoc
+29 # umrayya 2012-05-15 16:07
A man of no character, and a whiny crybaby on top of it.
+60 # Old Man 2012-05-15 11:51
He sure did lie, hes been quit as mouse ever since he left his office. Hes as guilty as all the other.
+42 # hwatt 2012-05-15 11:58
He's codifying the lie for history and the future.
Someone will read his words and accept it as something near the truth.
He knows, as he always has known, what he's doing.
+33 # humanmancalvin 2012-05-15 12:06
Oh my dear Colin, you seem to have taken a page from the Romney campaign playbook: even though things you said are recorded & taped, simply say you never said them. Have not (& will not) read the book but I'm wondering if he also "cannot recall" ala Romney. Shake all the radical right insurgents up in a bag & spill them out and one would have difficulty telling one from another.
+29 # Bev 2012-05-15 12:14
Mr. Pierce - an apology will never suffice for all the bloodshed to which Powell has contributed. Let's hope he learns to recognize the gravity of his participation and become accountable for his share in this horrible event - as we spectators all must do.
+15 # James Marcus 2012-05-15 12:15
The 'Patsies', including Powell, are Legion; Endlessly replaceable with other 'Operatives'
Aim, instead, for the The Head of the Beast; lest This Beast simply sacrifice ignorant Patsies (Throw the Public a Sacrificial Bone), and easily replace them with 'Other Diversionaries' .
+65 # vt143 2012-05-15 12:15
I remember when Powell was getting ready to give his speech to the U.N. At that time, I thought he was different, that he had integrity. Both my wife and I wrote him impassioned emails, IMPLORING him to be different, TO BE A LEADER. It could have been his shining moment, it could have changed the course of history. But, of course, he remained the good soldier and listened to the f*ucking liars and chicken hawks. I was devastated. He was one of them. NOW...he's looking to slither out of it. Saying he made a mistake and it's important to learn form mistakes. A mistake?? A MISTAKE!!! It's the biggest f*cking mistake anyone could ever make.

I'm looking to go to a place where he's speaking and fattening his wallet and stand up and tell him he has the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands! I'll keep it up until they drag me out of the damn place and I think everyone with an ounce of integrity should do the same thing. Find out where he's speaking and shout him down.

It's the least we can do.
+11 # noitall 2012-05-15 16:22
Just goes to show, these guys would rather be hated by the People than lose their "in" with the trash and assholes at the top. They've made their world and thank god they keep all the rest of us out of it. One can only vomit so much. Did you sign up to have dinner with Obama? I'd rather share a dog on the street outside the white house with a real American. That's who my Dad fought for, not those war profiteers!
+20 # Pickwicky 2012-05-15 16:45
Yes, vt143--you're right. A mistake is when you misspell a word. Iraq was no mistake. The correct term is 'intentional catastrophe.'
+24 # Trish42 2012-05-15 12:30
"Jesus H. Christ on a ten-day contract"... LOL That one's better than "Jesus Christ on a crutch" which got me banished from a Thanksgiving dinner.
+12 # pres 2012-05-15 12:55
At least Colin had the fortitude to give up the lying nature of the scripts he was given.
Joining the military one must give up essential moral fiber and agree to kill anybody, anywhere when commanded to.
Cheney & Bush still cannot give up their insane, murderous, inconsiderate, selfish ways.
+17 # jwb110 2012-05-15 13:01
From the moment he gave that speech I knew that the Bush Administration was gonna throw "ol' Massa Shufflebucket" under the buss. I never trusted hom at any point in his career and that speech only proved the point
+23 # genierae 2012-05-15 13:07
The book that Colin Powell should have written is a tell-all that told the whole truth about those years, with a complete confession of his sordid part in the debacle written on the very first page. Then he could have devoted the remainder of his life to Americans and Iraqis who lost family members because of the Iraq war. Then at the end of his life, he might just deserve some measure of forgiveness.
+10 # noitall 2012-05-15 16:32
What happens in D.C. stays in D.C. Otherwise how would these politicians be able to act like celebreties when they make their grand return home. They're all a bunch of tarts and sluts in D.C. selling their soul for the "good life" (and the great retirement and pension that we give them) when they become great authors and pieces of American "history". "If their children knew how lame they were, they'd murder them in their sleep"-Zappa
+22 # my2cents 2012-05-15 13:09
1. DO NOT buy the book and allow him line his pockets while he vents his spleen and tries to arrive at some kind of a catharsis through forgiveness. Borrow a copy from you local library if you must. I am not advocating censorship in any manner.
2. DO NOT attend lectures where he is lining his pockets while venting his spleen. You will not be allowed to shout him down but if a liar speaks at a forum and nobody is there to hear him, do they make a sound?
+20 # Filmczar 2012-05-15 13:13
I would like to call upon RSN to research and print the responses from UN members to Powell's testimony at the time. My local NPR station ran Powell's speech, then kept broadcasting the responses and rebuttals to his speech, which were eloquent, and I've never seen them since. They spoke of getting bogged down in Iraq, the inevitable insurgency, and other obvious problems that a war would bring. Obviously, Powell and the Bush Admin. didn't listen...does anyone remember this?
+5 # X Dane 2012-05-17 01:27
Yes Filmczar. I remember several people pointing out what you mentioned. They (the Bushes) were ALSO told that Iraq's infrastructure was VERY fragile, and that a war would totally destroy it!!

We saw that, that was certainly true. The poor Iraqis, in a country with 130 + degrees heat in the summer, they had only a couple of hours electricity a day??
They still do not have a properly functioning electric grid, and their water supply is also in bad shape. The Bushes have destroyed the country.

Not to mention all the children born with horrible deformities because of the munitions used in Fallujah and other places. And millions of displaced Iraqis, inside and out of the country.

I wonder HOW many Iraqis were killed. I know that the numbers we were told, are not true, and the number of seriously injured Iraqis must also be incredibly high. There has been so many bombings and suicide bombings, and the hospitals were also damaged.

That poor country is in such a horrible mess. We have a lot on our conscience.
+23 # PABLO DIABLO 2012-05-15 13:48
Millions of people all over the world knew it was a lie and they protested, one million in England alone protested the war in Iraq. Lawrence Wilkersen has said Collin lied.
+12 # stonecutter 2012-05-15 13:54
The cycle of political punditry in this elitist culture varies very little from administration to administration. Some cohort of the political class is elected to power and spends years making egregious mistakes, based on some elegant combination of incompetence, ideological blindness, arrogance, galactic ego or careerism. Spin is in.

Then they get thrown out, or simply run their course, and the chattering classes spend the next several years pointing out in sarcastic, edgy columns, books and TV interviews how effed up they actually were; what low, self-absorbed liars and con artists lay beneath their masks of "leadership" and self-righteous probity. A lot of good it does, because the next crew of sleazebags comes in, full of hot air and the mindless admiration of millions of ordinary morons, and the whole cycle begins anew.

Now and then actual courage or even heroism shows itself, like JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, or LBJ and the Voting Rights Act, or Ford pardoning Nixon (Oops! How did that get in here?). Sadly, you can count these real acts of leadership and counter-intuiti ve political cujones on one hand, while their opposite, large and small acts of spineless pandering and demogogery, could be strung together in a chain reaching to the moon. Frankly, what Powell did was par for the course; in his case, actually an "eagle". Harry Belafonte was right about him from the get-go. Obama has a boatload of charm, but has he lied to us any less?
+29 # ALinSTL 2012-05-15 13:55
He needs to apologize to the famiy & friends of the 4477+ American kids he helped kill in Iraq, the crippled & killed hundreds of thousands Iraqis, the war dead & disabled vets of all our allies there, & all the disabled vets here...
+27 # Doctoretty 2012-05-15 14:42
When he resigned from the Bush cabinet, he had the chance to make history by being honest with the people, and he didn't take it. That was the last straw for me. Some people, even those on the same side of the political fence, tried to "explain" to me the military person's sense of "loyalty." But what about loyalty to the people of your country instead of those destroying it from within?
+9 # noitall 2012-05-15 16:26
The OATH is SO passe. Nobody's following it these days. Just look around.
+16 # umrayya 2012-05-15 16:32
When he "resigned" from the Bush cabinet he became the biggest sniveling whiny crybaby ever.

What about loyalty to the human race? The blood of millions of dead and displaced Iraqis is on his hands.
+27 # feloneouscat 2012-05-15 15:17
{quote]"I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying - of knowing the information was false. I didn't."

Let's look at this and ask the salient question, "did you even bother to find out if it was false?". Here is the problem. He was Secretary of State, not some intern. As Pierce says, it is no secret that Powell called some of the documents he was given "bullish-t".

How do we reconcile the past with his current "beliefs"? We are left we several choices:

1. Colin Powell is a very stupid man who is incapable of researching something as horrible and brutal as warfare.

2. Colin Powell has a very bad memory, much like Alberto "I don't recall" Gonzales.

3. Colin Powell lies as soon tells the truth. To him lies are only bad if you're caught. Some people call these types sociopaths.

4. Colin Powell is ignorant about warfare and is incapable of distinguishing between countries that pose a threat and those that do not.

Powell is a couple of years younger than my father and I can tell you one thing: my father saved more lives by opposing the Vietnam war and helping kids avoid the draft (through legal means).

Today, my father thinks about social justice.

Powell thinks about how to make his past look good.
+27 # umrayya 2012-05-15 16:12
Colin Powell owes "us" an apology, as in "us, the American people"? Pardon me, no. Colin Powell owes the Iraqi people - Muslim, Christian, Mandaean, Yezidi, Arab, Kurd, Turkmen, Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian - all of them. He owes them much, much more than an apology, he owes them their country back.
+18 # propsguy 2012-05-15 17:44
i'm so sick of these company men who "blow the whistle" after they've left the job and have a nice book contract to make it worth it.

where were their principals when it counted? why didn't they quit in righteous indignation and go to the press BEFORE it was to late?

hindsight, mr powell, will get you nothing
+12 # moby doug 2012-05-15 18:13
Cheney played Powell, exploiting Powell's credibility, getting him to spout the pre-invasion lies at the UN. Powell knew it was bullshit, but he allowed himself to be played rather than showing backbone, condemning the invasion, and resigning as Secretary of State. Had Powell shown some backbone, and switched to the Democratic Party, HE might have become the first black President instead of Obama. So Powell, a player himself, got outplayed and then dumped by Cheney. You can be sure this thought makes Powell's every day hellish.
+14 # reiverpacific 2012-05-15 18:57
Don't forget that his son Michael also tried, semi-successful ly, to take the airwaves away from you and turn them over to the highest bidder.
It's quite simply another power-clutching (Powell?) dynasty like the Bushes and fairly closely linked to them at that.
+14 # KittatinyHawk 2012-05-15 19:02
The GOP Puppet was only doin what his GOP/Corporate Mastas waz tellin him to do, ya'll
+18 # walt 2012-05-15 19:51
Powell can never be forgotten for that sorry presentation he gave the UN in 2003 showing all the "evidence" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Sure!

We lost 5000 lives and went into massive debt for the illegal Iraq invasion.

I agree he not only needs to make an apology but also needs to be investigated along with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the war's architect, Paul Wolfowitz. They have all scooted free and never been held accountable.

Will Obama or the US Congress ever have the courage to do their sworn duties and investigate?
+14 # ricardo 2012-05-15 19:57
Colin Powell should have been included as one of the absentee defendants at the recent war crime proceedings at Kuala Lumpur. Nonetheless with the re-signup of the US in the ICC, and the less restrictive regulations that Obama gave Interpol in 2009 the winds of change will see Powell and company with some very serious charges at the Hague, very likely this year. Karma's a bitch.
+4 # Pickwicky 2012-05-16 16:25
Right Ricardo--why wasn't he? Powell's UN performance was on the world's stage.
+3 # 2012-05-16 01:16
Thought many might find the You Tube of The Agony of Colin Powell intriguing since it deals with the issues addressed in this article. This is a one act monologue showing Powell confronting himself as he tries to deal with his lies and duplicity. Acted out by LaVelle Wilson.
+10 # RMDC 2012-05-16 04:42
I agree with all of the vituperations against Powell. He is a lying scum who was directly responsible for the deaths of millions of people in poor nations from Vietnam to Iraq. His "performance" at the UN when he lied about Iraq will go down in US history as one of the great moments of infamy. That is what he will remembered for.

His assistant, Lawrence Wilkerson, who wrote some of the speech has apologized for the lies and admitted his own guilt in starting an illegal war. The fact that Powell won't do the same reflects on his character. He is rotten to the core.
+11 # Sensible1 2012-05-16 05:29
Colin Powell and Condolezza Rice allowed themselves to be used, and contributed more to the undeniable schemes to subvert the honor and integrity of the United States than those blatant perpetrators we all now know. In my opinion, Rice and Powell plunged their swords deep into the heart of America, and then retreated from the heat of battle, to be admonished by a forgetful nation. A more dastardly duo I have never known.
+6 # umrayya 2012-05-16 12:38
My sympathies are not with the heart of America, my sympathies are with the Iraqi people. The American people allowed themselves to be brazenly deceived. The Iraqi people had no choice in the matter.
+7 # Pickwicky 2012-05-16 16:28
True Umrayya, but some of us Americans live with regret and sorrow for what was done in our name.
+1 # umrayya 2012-05-21 11:07
I know that Pickwicky, and I appreciate it.
+7 # Bruce Gruber 2012-05-16 15:24
Chauffeured the 'general' a couple of times in Atlanta when his political 'star' was a form of 'negro' name dropping by the GOP. Overheard lots of phone contacts - primarily shallow, opportunistic seeking of others' recommendations . I was struck by the likelihood that success in the military, as in 'bizness', has to do with sucking up, being 'safe, non-threatening and subservient to authority, and allowing oneself to be used while accumulating 'chits'. I saw and heard no expression of awareness, leadership, ideas or principles ... only queries regarding opportunities for personal exploitation of 'situations'. I doubt he has authored the 'books' attributed to him.
+9 # Innocent Victim 2012-05-16 19:49
"Overrated" is a very mild word for Colin Powell. He allowed his prestige - at the time - to be used in the service of people whom he had good reason to believe were lying to him. He went along with it at the UN, because he thought that have George Tenet sitting behind him would pass the responsibility on to the CIA director if the trumped up case of WMDs in Iraq went bad. Powell allowed himself to be used, and he got just a little of what he deserves in dishonor.
+4 # Listner 2012-05-17 13:03
Colin Powell gave up his honor and his credability when he aligined himself with the Bush debacle. Any hopes he may have had of running for anthing went out the window.There was a time when I thought very highly of him.After I saw him buy into this horrible war were fighting, I dismissed him as another victim of Dick Cheneys evil.
+5 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-18 13:24
Quoting Listner:
Colin Powell gave up his honor and his credability when he aligined himself with the Bush debacle.

Powell never had honor or credibility to give up.

He was a lying weasel BEFORE he helped whitewash the My Lai massacre.

He was a lying weasel when he delivered TOW missiles to Iran in Reagan-Bush's "arms for hostages" deal that didn't even get the hostages back.

He's still a lying weasel today.
+3 # fredboy 2012-05-18 10:38
John Locke, guess why the 9/11 tips were not acted on. Who did those attacks most benefit?
0 # ShamanX 2012-05-18 12:34
Although I've come to regret my support of Obama in 2008, it was hard not to want to see change.. and McCain was not it. It took me about 15 months to realize I'd (we'd) been had.

But, thank you for reminding me of how bilious I felt by the end of the Bush admin.

I guess the key takeaway is that if you're still concerned about whether repubs or dems are ahead.. you still have the wool pulled over your eyes.

Ron Paul 2012
+1 # umrayya 2012-05-21 11:05
It took you 15 months? It took me less than 15 hours. As soon as Obama finished the oath of office he signed off on bombings in Pakistan that killed more women and children than "suspected" bad guys. Up to that point I had given him the benefit of the doubt, though it had been a stretch to do so. At that point it became obvious that we were getting more of the same, just in a better-looking package, and all doubt, and all benefit disappeared.
+3 # JSRaleigh 2012-05-18 13:11
He doesn't like being accused of lying?

It's an easy fix, all he has to do is stop lying.
+3 # motamanx 2012-05-18 13:45
Wow. It this article ever overdue! Shame on the mainstream media for not demanding this apology years ago. Shame on General Powell for not stepping up and apologizing without this important article, which finally demands it.
+2 # infohiway 2012-05-19 08:21
Get out of here!
At the very least - all war criminals must either crawl into a hole and stay there or be put in one forever.
Then - shamelessly strutting around on fat pensions and paid big money for speaking engagements while America starves, bleeds and grieves.
Really cute - NOT!
0 # CarolynScarr 2012-05-19 22:47
The Democrats share in the responsibility for the Iraq war. I was one of many who provided Nancy and her bunch with names of witnesses against the liars being put forwarded by the administration, Powell being only one of them. But the Dems did not bring forward any of the inspectors who could have given the lie to the public. Or any other expert witness of which there were many. I have still the recording of a German TV documentary broadcast at the time -- wherein the supposed weapons sites were shown in their shut down state.

The Dem party leadership did not have the courage to bring to the stand of a proper hearing anyone who could have shown the light of truth on the situation. I hold Nancy Pelosi responsible for this failure, being party whip at the time.

This sharing of responsibility does not exonerate Powell or any of his lying crew. Or the people who put him forward.

Meanwhile, we need to be watching the Iraqi Special Forces revealed by Shane Bauer in the Nation. What are they up to now? And how closely are they still linked to the U.S. Special Forces.

Check out for the Iraq article in the newsletter Planted by the Waters. We go into detail on Iraq's current situation as well as other places where the U.S. empire is wreaking havoc.
+1 # Sundance42 2012-05-29 15:53
Colin Powell has been a coward & a liar since age 31, maybe before, & lives have been lost or destroyed because of him. Yet he was the emcee at the Memorial Day concert yesterday! This country continues to honor him! Have we no shame? In an interview w/ Diane Rehm on NPR this morning, he defended his statement to the UN about Iraq & WMD & said if Hussein didn't have WMD then, he would have had them soon, & it's best he is gone. No one called in (or no calls were taken) questioning My Lai, when this man expounded on his new book, Principles of Leadership: It Worked for Me. (sic)
Question: Is it any wonder the US is despised? This is one hugely corrupt country. Any ideas out there on what we individually can do about it?

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