Colin Powell August 24, 2010:
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has told the Mainichi he believes the Iraq War -- which began while he was in office in 2003 -- could have been averted.
Powell also stated during an Aug. 24 telephone interview that he regretted the false intelligence that led the United States to claim the Saddam Hussein regime possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which Powell presented to the United Nations and which underpinned the U.S. case to invade Iraq.
"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.
Colin Powell February 24, 2001:
(CBS/AP) The debate over whether the Iraqi weapons threat was real or exaggerated by the Bush administration focused Thursday on a few words spoken more than two years ago by Secretary of State Colin Powell.
War opponents and some Congressional Democrats have pointed to a statement Powell made on Feb. 24, 2001, while meeting at Cairo's Ittihadiya Palace with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa.
Asked about the sanctions placed on Iraq, which were then under review at the Security Council, Powell said the measures were working. In fact, he added, "(Saddam Hussein) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors."
I rather doubted many believed Powell in his latest confession to not being a war criminal but still, it’s nice to have the compare and contrast on record. Just for the record you understand.
Powell complains about being viewed as a villain as he whines about his innocence. Oh poor Powell, how he must have suffered these long years since 2003. Nothing has happened to Powell or the rest of the architects of the Iraq War. On the other hand an awful lot has happened to an awful lot of other people because of the Iraq War. Oh poor, poor Powell, does he have a little bitty blot on his record? Over one million dead and seven years later Powell is still smiling and in the news. Dear me he must be ever so upset.
Powell is an accessory to murder in every sense of the word as are all the influential national figures who engaged in promoting this illegal war and despite the absolute gibberish emanating from the lips of Obama the Iraq War has not ended. Bush, Cheney, Condi Rice, Powell, and all the rest of the smarmy crew belong in prison but that could only happen in a far different world than we inhabit.
What is most amazing and revealing is that during the build-up to war nothing could have been more important than Iraq. It was plastered all over the news in its myriad forms with all other events fading into the background. Today… nothing, Obama lying through his pearly whites announces the end of the Iraq War which got some small mention though it is already forgotten. You know, when you consider that Obama is now a war criminal just like his predecessors it is little wonder that Obama prefers not looking back. No doubt Obama is hoping history doesn’t look back a little too closely on his presidency and that his legal and moral transgressions will be forgotten and forgiven as indeed they will.