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Posted on Apr 11, 2006

By Robert Scheer

The president played the scoundrel—even the best of his minions went along with the lies—and when a former ambassador dared to tell the truth, the White House initiated what Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald calls “a plan to discredit, punish or seek revenge against Mr. Wilson.” That is the important story line.

If not for the whistle-blower, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, President Bush’s falsehoods about the Iraq nuclear threat probably would never have been exposed.

On Monday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told me that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed the misleading advice of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim. Now he tells us.

The harsh truth is that this president cherry-picked the intelligence data in making his case for invading Iraq and deliberately kept the public in the dark as to the countervailing analysis at the highest level of the intelligence community. While the president and his top Cabinet officials were fear-mongering with stark images of a “mushroom cloud” over American cities, the leading experts on nuclear weaponry at the Department of Energy (the agency in charge of the U.S. nuclear-weapons program) and the State Department thought the claim of a near-term Iraqi nuclear threat was absurd.

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“The activities we have detected do not, however, add up to a compelling case that Iraq is currently pursuing what INR would consider to be an integrated and comprehensive approach to acquire nuclear weapons,” said a dissenting analysis from an assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research (INR) in the now infamous 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which was cobbled together for the White House before the war. “Iraq may be doing so but INR considers the available evidence inadequate to support such a judgment.”

The specter of the Iraqi nuclear threat was primarily based on an already-discredited claim that Iraq had purchased aluminum tubes for the purpose of making nuclear weapons. In fact, at the time, the INR wrote in the National Intelligence Estimate that it “accepts the judgment of technical experts at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) who have concluded that the tubes Iraq seeks to acquire are poorly suited for use in gas centrifuges to be used for uranium enrichment and finds unpersuasive the arguments advanced by others to make the case that they are intended for that purpose.”

The other major evidence President Bush gave Americans for a revitalized Iraq nuclear program, of course, was his 2003 State of the Union claim—later found to be based on forged documents—that a deal had been made to obtain uranium from Niger. This deal was exposed within the administration as bogus before the president’s speech in January by Ambassador Wilson, who traveled to Niger for the CIA. Wilson only went public with his criticisms in an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times a half year later in response to what he charged were the administration’s continued distortions of the evidence. In excerpts later made available to the public, it is clear that the Niger claim doesn’t even appear as a key finding in the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, while the INR dissent in that document dismisses it curtly: “[T]he claims of Iraqi pursuit of natural uranium in Africa are, in INR’s assessment highly dubious.”

I queried Powell at a reception following a talk he gave in Los Angeles on Monday. Pointing out that the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate showed that his State Department had gotten it right on the nonexistent Iraq nuclear threat, I asked why did the president ignore that wisdom in his stated case for the invasion?

“The CIA was pushing the aluminum tube argument heavily and Cheney went with that instead of what our guys wrote,” Powell said. And the Niger reference in Bush’s State of the Union speech? “That was a big mistake,” he said. “It should never have been in the speech. I didn’t need Wilson to tell me that there wasn’t a Niger connection. He didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. I never believed it.”

When I pressed further as to why the president played up the Iraq nuclear threat, Powell said it wasn’t the president: “That was all Cheney.” A convenient response for a Bush family loyalist, perhaps, but it raises the question of how the president came to be a captive of his vice president’s fantasies.

More important: Why was this doubt, on the part of the secretary of state and others, about the salient facts justifying the invasion of Iraq kept from the public until we heard the truth from whistle-blower Wilson, whose credibility the president then sought to destroy?

In matters of national security, when a president leaks, he lies.

By selectively releasing classified information to suit his political purposes, as President Bush did in this case, he is denying that there was a valid basis for keeping the intelligence findings secret in the first place. “We ought to get to the bottom of it, so it can be evaluated by the American people,” said Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I couldn’t have put it any better.

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By Frank McGuigan, September 19, 2007 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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Why are we still sitting here on our hands? everybody knows the truth about bushco but yet nothing changes! Are we going to wait until we have no armed forces left, so anybody can just stroll in and take over! I am ashamed to to be an american, what has become of this once great country?

Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither.

WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE

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By Margaret Currey, October 5, 2006 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment
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And to think that Collin Powell could have joined the Democratic party, now it is too late, and he gets courage a little too late also.

Marge from Vancouver, Washington

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By Godzilla, September 25, 2006 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment
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Uh, paul…Too many conspiracies packed into one posting there!  Because of the electronic storage of data for all market transactions, there was no"lost” insider trading data.  Precious metal ingots melted down and now missing?  Yeah, that’s a fun story;  I could spread that rumor no problem. Military materiel missing? And that has to do with the Twin Towers exactly how? 

Your eagerness to believe everything you’re told doesn’t help anyone or anything.  Besides, you don’t even have a handle on the most scintillating poop!  Pick better stuff to believe in.

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By Paul M Smith, September 24, 2006 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment
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While this revelation about Powell is interesting, it is not exactly news. We have much bigger fish to fry than a complicit general, and face a greater danger. I fully expect the ‘October surprise’ the Republicans will pull out of the hat, to instill fear into the dim-witted public so they will vote Republican in the upcoming elections, will be another 911 style attack somewhere on American soil. Just watch and see if this doesn’t occur.

After doing hundreds of hours of research on 911 the evidence points to it being an inside job, and definitely a demolition. One thing it did was take the heat off the Pentagon from the release of a story on 9/10 that said there were several trillion (with a ‘T’)) dollars worth of military materials that were missing. If I recall correctly the number was $2.7 or $3.7 trillion, and the lowest number I’ve seen in an article was $1 trillion. There was going to be a lot of heat coming down if people started asking, “HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU LOSE A TRILLION DOLLARS OF ANYTHING?”, so a big distraction was needed—-and gotten.

Just like one of the bloggers below mentioned, “Follow the money”, we should all be questioning how we went from a three trillion dollar (also with a ‘T’)) surplus at the end of Clinton’s administration to a $5 trillion deficit under Bushco. A lot of people offer the excuses of Iraq/Afghanistan & Katrina, but even those events’ costs don’t come out right on the balance sheet.

And what about the hundreds of cases of insider trading that went down the tubes when WTC 7 ‘mysteriously’ collapsed, and the records were lost? We don’t even know how many millions/billions were represented there, but you can bet it was more than a sawbuck, and the guilty must surely be breathing easier now.

Then there is the estimated billions in gold & silver bullion never recovered from underneath WTC 1 & 2. The ingots, even if severly squashed, should have remained mostly intact, but even if they were ground into dust isn’t that how a lot of precious metals are mined in the first place? Where did all that go?

As you can see there are quite a number of financial discrepancies unanswered, and they involve many “T"rillions of OUR money. To cover their trail the perpetrators of this criminal activity will do anything to anyone to hide their trail…kill, steal elections, character assisination, lie, cheat, misinform, propagandize, threaten…and since it is under the Bushco watch the finger points squarely at Bush and everyone connected with him.

Watch your backs everyone, because the “October Surprise” is certain to be a doozy, and could cost more lives than even the 911 demolition.

Just one more thing. Does anyone out there find it strange that while it was expected there would be as many as 4,000 Israeli casualties in the WTC’s there were none, and that two of them received a text message two hours before the first crash to get out?

I think one of the most staunch patriots America has ever had grace its shores (Neil Young) wrote a lyric, “And I’m not giving in to fear”, and neither should you my fellow Americans. Despite how dreadful, intimidating, or intentionally fear inspiring the “October Surprise” might be, do your patriotic duty, and vote all these bums out of office. “Impeachment…NO, Indictment…HELL YES!”

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By Jonathan, July 30, 2006 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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In his 2003 state of the union speech George W Bush “Lied” when he said; Iraq had 25,000 liters of Anthrax, 38,000 liters of Botulinum Toxin, and 500 Tons of Sarin; also Mustard and VX nerve agents. (these quantities were made up – no source was mentioned)  Bush also “Lied”  stating that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Vice President Cheney “Lied” when he said; Iraq has a Nuclear Weapons program that is making progress. Secretary of State Colin Powell “Lied” when he said; Iraq had “Biological Weapons Laboratories” on rails and Chemical Weapons Bunkers. 
(an absolute falsehood)
Ex deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz (now President of The World Bank)  “Lied” when he stated that Saddam Hussein had Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction ready to attack the United States.
He was the prime architect, designer of the excuse for invading Iraq – the Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Paul Wolfowitz, represents Israel, more than our United States.
No one would have agreed to launch a full scale war on Iraq without the sensationalizing of this “made up nuclear threat.” When asked what he had to say about this sensational lie, Paul Wolfowitz responded quote!  I don’t have to !
It is blatantly obvious in view of the exorbitant cost of the Iraqi War (projected to be $468 Billion) that he deliberately drove the point home, that War was inevitable, in order to raise the National debt, so “The unconstitutional Federal Reserve Board” could collect the prime rate of interest, for the loans to support the War. He is an American Jew and is arbitrarily representing the best interests of the State of Israel.  He is the prime responsible person for our involvement in the “Middle East Crisis.”  The second most responsible person is George W Bush an autocratic/dictatorial President with the mentality of a spoiled teenager. This man will go down in history as the creator of the Illegal Iraqi War.
A war that is placing America in serious risk of a future “Economic Collapse.” 
The Seven Governors of “The Federal Reserve Board”  are celebrating the collection of the behemoth amount of “Prime Rate Interest.”  Israel gets Billions per year, in aid and guaranteed loans from the United States of America; while Mr. Paul Wolfowitz is basking in his appointment to new President of “The World Bank.”
For what ? Other purpose, did King David create “The Treasures of Zion.”
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By isvetia, May 4, 2006 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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what can one say at this point in time. find out about ‘operation topaz’, ‘opeation pirranha’,  his order of battle for panama during the first bush’s reign. and mr. powell’s litany of obfuscations’ prevarications and ‘out right’ lies starting at his emmy award winning diatribe at the united nations. ‘cherry picking’?! he and condoleeza were picking grapefruits in order to rationalize an irrational motive for an aggressive ‘invasion’ of iraq.  he employs his ‘black knights’ for secret stealth actions evening against ‘active american citizens’. he, as well as the entire ‘bastard lot of ‘em’ have been ruling this republic as an organized criminal entity. with no regard for laws, civil rights or sovereign international law under the bretton woods treaty which is still in effect and very much ligitimate. the more you mine mr. powell the more you unearth gems of black operations and devious ‘dark’ actions. highly treasonable in my webster’s dictionary. and, alot of skeletons under the specious guise of legality. i am certain that had mr. powell been alive during the confederation period of this nation. he would have been ‘lined up’ against a wall with his fellow co-horts and summarily ‘shot’. what have these barbarians turned the united states of america into??!

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By jdc, April 30, 2006 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment
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When will it end?..old rich white haired men sending our innocents abbroad, under false pretense and lies,to only satisfy their personal ambitions and ego,s. I feel we all want a president and VP who have been there done that and not a brash “one liner” who is trying to immitate Jay Leno instead of Geo. Washinton. I want a Pres. to act like a President and not a would be comedian. I want a President with credentials and good common sense.I don,t want a president who gave his National Guard military oath and and then shirked his military duties and also a VP who took 5 exemptions to stay out of the Vietnam War and let his fellow under privleged brothers spill their blood.If we had tried this during the Korean War we would have been booted out and given a bad conduct discharge. I want a President who has never had a drinking problem,snorting problem and or etramarital affairs. Surely in this Great Country there is such a person…please please ...Step Forward

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By Janice M. Paulden, April 21, 2006 at 3:59 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps we, the people of the world should read from Saint Luke 11: 46-50, And he said, “Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be bourne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of THIS generation.

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By Hilding Lindquist, April 18, 2006 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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2006: The Year of the People / Throw the bums out!

It’s heating up!

Robert Scheer is adding solid fuel.

Read Carl Bernstein’s “Senate Hearings on Bush, Now” at vanityfair.com’s Roundtable.

The biggest revolt among our military leaders in our nations’s history is now underway ...

Even William F. Buckley, Jr., the grand old man of conservative politics, is calling Bush’s policies failures ...

If a few more Republican Senators start showing some backbone like Senators Hagel and Specter ...

There is hope because we the people are becoming aroused ... and there is nothing more fearsome to embedded politicians than an aroused citizenry.

How on earth did anyone get led around by this group of emotionally stunted bunch of bullies who call themselves Neocons? Looking back on Karl Rove’s antics, the question becomes, how did anyone let him grow up like that? ... and then get next to a President of these United States? We’re going to have a really, really difficult time explaining it to future generations.

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By nonyoo biness, April 18, 2006 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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Colin Powell - The asskiss of evil.

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By Viejo, April 16, 2006 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment
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I just found your site.  Good one!  And the comments are thought provoking and interesting.

Just thought I’d say that it seems to me there are really two critical causes we should be working for right now:

Firstly, protecting the freedom of the internet so we can carry on like we’re doing right now, and organize when we get to that place.

Secondly, restoring voting honesty and accuracy.  Personally, it seems like we can take the time to count them by hand and look at them with our eyes, like we did for the last thousand years.

Without a fair vote, all is lost. Have you been to blackboxvoting.com?  Good starting place.

Down with the Bushco tyrants!!!!!  Organize/Strike

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By tylergolson, April 16, 2006 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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I think it’s key to remember that we’re talking about Bush’s deliberate deceptions in making the case for war to the American public, and NOT in deciding to go to war in the first place. He had a) his own personal reasons for needing to go to war, and b) more important KEY judgments in the 2002 NIE that all pointed to Iraq’s resumption of its nuclear program.

Remember: there was a consensus across most of the Executive branch, and then across the Legislative, that Saddam had WMD. State Dept and Dept. of Energy dissents notwithstanding. The parts that Bush lied and leaked about were only the parts that he was using to justify his decision to go to war AFTER THE FACT, to make the US public and his own people feel better about themselves. But Mr. Scheer is incorrect in stating that “The specter of the Iraqi nuclear threat was primarily based on an already-discredited claim that Iraq had purchased aluminum tubes for the purpose of making nuclear weapons.” That was NEVER a primary basis for the nuclear threat in the minds of those who decided to go to war, it was something hyped up afterwards.

To look at this situation honestly we have to be careful to differentiate between the lies Bush told after the fact to oversimplify and distort his case before the American people, and the (now evident) misjudgements made by many more people than just Bush and Cheney in deciding to go to war in the first place.

Right?

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By J. Prole, April 16, 2006 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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Powell has permanently lost any credibility. Rather than taking any responsibility he acted as a syncophant for an administration he knew was lying and he took it to the UN. He shamed himself and our nation before the world and it will never be forgotten.

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By Marriea, April 15, 2006 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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I had never heard of A Robert Scheer until a co-worker informed me of our government giving Afghanistan $46,000,000.00 in April or May of 2001. This conversation took place after 9-11.
It seemed inconceivable that we would be giving a country that kind of money, then less than 5 months later we are engaged in a war with that same country.  In my quest to find out if that was true, and being new in navigating myself around a computer, the only person I could find who had written about this magnanamous gift was Robert Scheer and someone who was critical of his article.

In reading the article I was amazed that our government would be giving money to a country that was harboring bin Laden, who was supposed to be this country’s ememy.

Then came the double talk by Cheney and Bush.  Mr. Cheney declaring that only the works of some government could have helped the 9-11 hijackers with Mr. Bush eluding to Saddam.

Then the anthrax scare.  I was wiling to believe our government until that anthrax scare.  Especially when it was sent to Tom Dashele.  Was I supposed to believe that some terrorist was going to go to the trouble of dealing with anthrax, putting it in an envelope, addressing that envelope, then dropping it off in a mailbox, when he or she could have taken the same stuff and dropped it onto the floor of a mall, or airport, or Grand Central Station.

No,  the only government capable of pulling off such an undertaking was the government I trust.
Tom Daschele was a Democrat. Was I supposed to believe that this terrorist was a Republican?  Well Mr. Cheney sort of answered that question himself, when he inplied that if the wrong party won the election, than there was a good chance that we would be in danger of another terrorist attack.

I am comvinced with all the stuff that have been happening in this country,  we only have the current administration to thank.

I hope that Mr. Scheer, and columist like him keep up the good work by informing the public of things that should be thought about.

Unfortunately, sometimes this is like preaching to the choir.  The persons reading this colunm and other on site webs like this one already have some deep suspicions about the happening of our country or lack there of.

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By James Mamer, April 15, 2006 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment
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History repeats itself. Again.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s better-late-than-never admission that neither he nor the state department’s top experts believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat is an important addition to the growing collection of eye witnesses willing to expose various levels of incompetence and duplicity surrounding Bush Administration decisions.

Perhaps it began with Richard Clarke’s “Against All Enemies” or with the two dozen interviews presented in Robert Greenwald’s devastating documentary “Uncovered.” No matter. The witnesses are lining up and we watch as the ingredients for a griping new stage production fall into place. Only the genre is yet to be determined. Tragedy or farce.

The beginning is already written. Two bent figures speak from a dimly lit stage. One is dead and speaks from the grave while the other shakes with rage and interrupts.

“This is a tale,” proclaims the specter of William Fulbright, “of the Arrogance of Power. It is the story of how great nations equate power with virtue and responsibilities with a universal mission…”

Then the still living Robert Byrd interrupts, shaking a worn copy of the Constitution, “Not anymore Bill. This America can no longer claim greatness. The image has changed and around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.“

“That cannot be,” replies the ghost, “Such transformation cannot happen in so short a time. What I question is not greatness, but the ability of America to create stability where there is chaos, and democracy where there is no tradition of it.”

Again Byrd interrupts, “It has happened, Bill. It has happened. Your words are forty years dead. This America no longer claims greatness, or benevolence, or patience, just a doctrine of preemption whereby it has the right to turn its firepower on any corner of the globe. I weep Bill, I weep.”

“And so do I,” adds Fulbright, as he returns to the grave.

Then the lights go up and the witnesses step forward, one after another, to testify. This part of the script is rapidly taking shape but, in the background, there will be a chorus of retired generals singing for the fanatically-mad Rumsfeld to resign.

Still to be determined: How big the audience and how long the run.

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By Anne, April 15, 2006 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment
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I haven’t read all the comments, but none of those I have read are calling for the removal from office of Bush et al.  Remember what was done to Clinton for not keeping his zipper closed? 

Even the generals didn’t speak up until they knew they had their retirement locked in! 

We are a nation of cowards when it comes to the powerful Republican Party.

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By blackbower@yahoo.com, April 15, 2006 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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as ever it takes a swine to show you where the truffles are. colin powell was complicit in the telling of lies he would now expose. he is a less than reliable source, none too proud nor disgusted to cash in i’ve noticed.

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By L.Gordon, April 15, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Prior to 9/11 Bush’s ratings were such that even the far Right was distancing themselves from him.

Perhaps a month or two prior to 9/11, I made a casual comment to my wife and a few close associates that all Bush et.al. needed to cement their hold on power was a National Disaster where martial law could be imposed, the Constitution suspended etc.

And before I could speculate further, 9/11.  And who benifited by it?  Wasn’t it a bit strange that the perpetrator was not only from a family close to the Bush family, but that Osama himself was trained by the CIA under Bush Senior.  And on and on…

Perhaps we should start here in our speculation on the Iraq war, it’s cause, execution and outraegeous no bid contracts to the likes of pet companies such as Haliburton. 

Or, perhaps,  the investigation should go back to what happened in Florida in 2000!

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By David Fisher, April 15, 2006 at 8:34 am Link to this comment
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The appropriate day for protest is

Memorial Day.

>Wouldn’t it be marvelous IF all of us could come together and have a National Day of Protest - such as the current Immigration Demonstrations across the Nation - against BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, RICE and of course POWELL and show that we will NOT beleive anything they say again.  We might also demonstrate to show our support of Censoring BUSH, CHENEY and RUMSFELD for their lies and their continual lying.

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By remember, April 14, 2006 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment
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harry belafonte called colin powell and

condalleza rice house slaves way back when,

since then he has been dropped by the

mainstream media.

was it because he read between the lines

and spoke the truth ?

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By J. Schick, April 14, 2006 at 6:34 pm Link to this comment
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Powell has made a career of saying yes sir, lying and being promoted.  As a young Colonel he was sent to investigate a destroyed village in Vietnam and whitewashed it.  Later Seymour Hirsch wrote about the My Lai Massacre.  Read David Podvin’s post from 5/20/2004 “The despicable Colin Powell.”

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By song77, April 14, 2006 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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I remember watching Powell give his bs speech, with all the pictures they drew up.  I remember that it didn’t really hit me until some news anchor started talking about it on the Letterman, making it sound like we didn’t really have any choice but to attack Iraq, and how that got some huge ovation.  I realized at that moment we were going to war, and it was such a numbing thing to experience.  I remember feeling this rage come over me.  I remember planning a walk of protest to City Hall in San Francisco the day after we invaded, I remember how the streets were already crowded with protestors, standing in front of cars, disrupting the entire tranporation system of San Francisco.  We shut down the city for one day, I remember a sign reading “people are dying!  You can be late for work.”  And although it really divided San Francisco for about a week, I felt proud to live in a city with a conscience, and that I was not alone in my rage.  They called us anti-american, extremists, a week later, it was like nothing happened.  Unfortunetely, we could only take a day off work for this.  And it’s sad, it’s like half the city can protest, force the other half to at least listen, but what’s the end result?  Even if half of the American people stood up, I’m not sure it would have made a difference.  It seems like most Americans disapprove of the war now, but we’re still there.  My conscience is about to wave the white flag.

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By Don Cestone, April 14, 2006 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Fool me once and I’m a fool. Foll me twice…...

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By Diane B., April 14, 2006 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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Further to Comment #7124, I think it’s time that both the American voters AND congress started taking responsibility for their own laziness, stupidity and lack of courage in initially supporting both the war in Iraq and the Bush White House. 

It should have been more than obvious to anyone with half a brain in their head that Dubya and the Bush League,P**ck Cheney, Donald Dumbsfeld, Condasleeza Rice and, let’s not forget, Karl Rove had every intention of invading Iraq before they even took office in 2001; in fact, there were even pro-Republican political cartoons published during the 2000 election campaign which alluded to this (“Watch out Sadam—Dubya’s comin!”).  And it should have been just as obvious that his actual motives were those of personal vendetta (“He threatened to kill my Daddy” - what kind of person over the age of 10 talks like that?), diverting attention away from the fact that he was screwing up royally at home (his approval ratings had dropped off dramatically from their highs following 9/11 and were well below 50%) and getting himself re-elected—or, should I say, elected (“I’m a war-time President,” “We shouldn’t change course now,” “Not re-electing me would send the wrong message to our enemies,” blah, blah, blah—the list of BS goes on ad nauseum).  And yet, our congress made the UNPRECEDENTED move of giving him ‘carte blanche’ to unilaterally determine to invade Iraq, and polls showed that well over 50% of the voting public supported that determination. 

Even more mind-boggling are the facts that almost two years into the quagmire, the people of this country:

- stood by while discovering that over 100,000 people had been wrongfully thrown off the voting rolls and denied the most basic of constitutional rights for the same personal political motives;

- stood by while Republican operatives bullied and harrassed Democratic voters to discourage them from voting and/or intentionally provided grossly insufficient voting facilites in non-Bush districts; and

- perhaps most incomprehensible of all, actually re-elected these bums!

On that note, I find it truly amusing that all those folks in the “red” states bought into the Bush League’s crock of sh*t that if Dubya didn’t get re-elected they would all be blown up by terrorists; not a single one of those states has ever been attacked, or even been threatened to be attacked (unless, that is, you want to call some inflammatory rhetoric by Osama Bin Laden threatening the United States with more attacks if we continue supporting the Bush administration’s Iraq policy “threats,”  and argue that such rhetoric is so much less “vague” than the August 2001 memo put on Dubya’s desk warning of an “imminent attack on American soil involving the hijacking of commercial airliners” as to warrant taking such “preventative” measures as continuing to invade and wage war against other nations which have neither provoked us nor posed any immediate threat to our security).  Meanwhile, of course, those states which actually have experienced or been threatened with attacks all went “blue;” in fact, the Democrats won over 80% of the vote in New York City in the 2004 election.  I guess we’re all OK with being murdered by terrorists, huh?

And our Senators and Representatives have mostly just whined like a bunch of babies about how they were lied to—this being after they whined incessantly about a bill (the Patriot Act) they overwhelmingly passed without ever reading!  Don’t we have a right to expect that our lawmakers do even SOME MINIMAL amount of ‘due diligence?’  In fact, our Republican-controlled ‘Kangaroo Congress’ has mostly just rubber-stamped virtually everything the Bush League has proposed.

In fact, it has been well-publicized that this administration consists primarily of a bunch of crooks (DWIs, insider trading, securities fraud, money-laundering, election law violations—again, the list goes on ad nauseum) who took office illegitimately and then “won” their second term through two of the most blatantly rigged elections in American history (just take a look at Mr. Cheney sometime—even his face is crooked!).  They have broken our laws and trounced on our Constitution with impunity, apparently considering themselves to be above the law, exempt from the requirements of our Consitution and completely unaccountable both to the voters and to Congress.  In outing one of our spies during a time of war (a war which THEY are responsible for starting and, even prior to that, their famous “war on terrorism,” or doesn’t that count?), the White House engaged in nothing short of HIGH TREASON (literally—look it up!).  Had Bill Clinton been guilty of even a tiny fraction of the crimes perpetrated by the Bush League, he’d have been crucified. 

And yet, all they have to do is recite their phony ‘patriotism’ routine, accusing anyone who criticizes or disagrees with them of being ‘un-American’ and ‘irresponsible’ (?!?—they ought to take a look in the mirror sometime!) and everyone in Washington just runs away scared.  It’s almost disgraceful that noone is pushing for impeachment, or screaming from the rafters, or even publicly censuring these people!  It literally took shooting his friend in the face while hunting with an EXPIRED license and then failing to publicly report the incident to bring Mr. Cheney’s approval ratings down so low and, of course, has he been ‘dethroned’ for it? Sanctioned in any way?  Even publicly censured?  Not on your life!!

Apparently, these days the American people are more concerned about our President’s religious credentials than they are about his political legitimacy, ability to govern and concern for the welfare of this country and its people.  They are more interested in knowing about his sexual exploits than they are in knowing about his qualifications, motives, criminal record and long-standing history of misconduct.  They are more put off by a President’s attempts to cover up transgressions in his personal life than they are by the mean-spirited slander and shameless lies spewed out by the Bush League.  Face it—a good chunk of the American public is probably more broken up about Jessica Simpson’s broken marriage than it is about an entire country being shattered and smashed to smithereens. 

As for Colin Powell, as Secretary of State it was his job to support the President in his decisions, whether or not he agreed with them.  Has everyone forgotten Mr. Powell’s famous admonition to Junior (“Mr. President, what you need to realize here is, if you break it, you own it”)? Have they all forgotten that Mr. Powell resigned from his post as Secretary of State largely as a result disagreements with President Bush over the war in Iraq?  But then again, what do I expect from a bunch of people who are more concerned about Britney Spears’ child-rearing abilities than they are about their President’s leadership abilities? On that basis, the American public is getting precisely what it deserves.

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By jimco, April 13, 2006 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment
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Presidents lie.  What else is new? Does presidential power somehow rot ones system of ethics?
Eisenhower said that Gary Powers’ U2 spy plane was gathering weather data and flew off course.
JFK said that there weren’t any American citizens involved in the Bay of Pigs when he knew otherwise.
LBJ lied about the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
Nixon lied when he said that he wasn’t a crook.
Clinton lied when he said that he didn’t have sex with that woman.
The Bush crime family including CP has learned their lessons well.  Lying seems to grow exponentially.  Who will be the next liar in 2008?

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By M.H. Ellet, April 13, 2006 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve always thought that Bush/Cheney had something on General Powell that silenced him.  I really hate to think he went along with them just for politics & position.  Oh well, I’ve been wrong before….

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By Mark Mandell, April 13, 2006 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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Colin Powell is the “unofficial” Henry Kissinger of our time.  And just like the latter concealed the secret invasion in Cambodia and has yet to ‘fess up to the immorality and criminality and other dastardly deeds(i.e., the overthrow of Allende in Chile), Colin might be congenitally unable to see the imprudence and utter folly of that which he’s now guilty. 

No wonder I was so disappointed in him even before this newest revelation.

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By JOE, April 13, 2006 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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THE POST #7021 IS A CRY OF IRONY THAT WE CITIZENS SHOULD BE ASHAME OF.

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By Franky, April 13, 2006 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment
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Ooooh finally,maybe when u all wake up from 9/11, like the closest-to-the-truth yet Loose Change II documentary gets (this deserves 10000 Oscar’s,IMO). Impeach all those liars (hope u got enough room and 100 years patience to get em all?), when guilty (doh), fly them past the War Tribunal in the Netherlands picking their British comrades up along the way, finally giving them a nice loooooong stay at Guantanamo’s, give me the key and I promise I’ll try to hide it from any1 to be found (I probably can sell it to the Devil himself ).People who speak the words “In God we trust”, lie continuously and commit unspeakable crimes against life in whole do not get any office in my house, not even the toilet.I wonder how the Almighty sees that? He knows best.It takes a very long time before the American people wakes up and reacts when almost a whole planet is shouting point-blank for years (<=60)? Greetings to all(?) clearthinking humans over there from Franky, Belgium (Europe).That’s my Euro on it.

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By A. Adam Siddiqui, April 13, 2006 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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I cannot believe that even a writer like Robert Scheer uses words like President’s “cherry-picking of intelligence in making his case for invasion of Iraq”. These are the words of people like Wolf Blitzer who seem to be having a lot of fun anchoring his “show down Iraq”, and never even tried to dig deep. The fact is this President did not cherry pick the evidence, he simply distorted the evidence, and lied to make his case for invasion of Iraq when he did not find any cherries that he could pick.

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By Natasha Rothschild, April 13, 2006 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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Before everyone gets too mad at Colin Powell, I’ll just say that enough evidence to discredit the war was available long, long ago. MOST Americans were not willing to hear it and shut their eyes and ears. While Colin Powell should have spoken out, the American people themselves were complicit in the lies and those people shouldn’t look for a scapegoat in Colin Powell. Any idiot should have figured out long ago that the war and everything surrounding it was/is a lie. People had all the evidence they needed.

For example, two very senior government ministers, members of Blair’s cabinet, resigned before the war. They claimed the war was a lie, the evidence was being manipulated and they had seen no intelligence to support the war. A bit of a clue perhaps?

The recent article in the Washington Post stating that Bush continued to claim that trailers found in Iraq were biological labs, long after they had been discredited… this was common, public knowledge long ago, discredited publicly, lock, stock and barrell by the intelligence agencies, long ago. A bit of a clue perhaps?

The minutes of a meeting, leaked from the British
cabinet - British spy chief, Sir Richard Dearlove, states that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy”. This was public knowledge, long ago. A bit of a clue perhaps?
(This is not the NY Times. This is the London Times, a conservative paper)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1593607,00.html

Richard Clarke who served under four presidents, including Bush, publicly slammed the war and the reasons for going to war. A bit of a clue perhaps?

There are a gizillion other clues people weren’t willing to hear. Conversely, these ‘clues’ have filled the European press for the last 3 1/2 years, especially the British press. The people of the United States didn’t want to hear any of it.

Colin Powell was incredibly wrong to do what he did. But to his credit, even while he did not publicly break ranks with the neoconservatives while in office, he neverless fought them relentlessly from the inside. It may also be that he’s now setting himself up to be in a position where he can publicly bring them down. Perhaps this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Colin Powell and maybe this time around, he’ll make up for lost ground.

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By Melissa, April 13, 2006 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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Colin Powell has come out now when he should have spoken earlier BUT, I , for one will take what I can get. I think better late than never is apt in this case. Maybe it will help stop the maniacs in the Whitehouse from starting a war with Iran and help get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  \
As for 9/11, I would stake my life that our government was behind it, and if we can prove that, we can bring them down and put them in jail where they belong

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By neoprophet, April 13, 2006 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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Powell missed his chance at the presidency by perpetuating this great lie.

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By LENNOCO, April 13, 2006 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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POWELL DID NOT GET WHERE HE IS TODAY BY TELLING THE TRUTH.

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By Ron, April 13, 2006 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed ... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units .... (Colin Powell, My American Journey, p. 148)

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By Mitch Sanders, April 13, 2006 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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The bloggers of America have helped keep my faith
May you all continue to preasure the media,

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By Bruce Boyle, April 13, 2006 at 7:30 am Link to this comment
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>>> I guess you didn’t print my previous comment.
So this is an edited version, and re-submitted for publication:

COMMENT SUBMITTED April 12, 2006 8:45 EST

Murray Wass observes that “Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff [Sleazy Libby] has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of ‘a highly classified intelligence assessment’ * !  to the media to [help] defend the Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq, ** !!  according to papers filed in federal court on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.”  ——“Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks” (can be found at Information Clearing House.)

* !  Please take note of the official soft peddling of jargon used by Libby, and claims made that are currently being repeated by Bush:

> In this case, “classified intelligence assessment” is a reference to the outing of a CIA agent Valerie Plame (meant to endanger her life) for the sake of Bush’s personal revenge (as a political outing meant to get back at her husband for his TRUTHFUL report about the NON-SALE of Nigerian “yellow cake” to Iraq): a report, at the time, that directly contradicted the Bush administration’s untruthful proclamations and war hysteria—the endless repetition of lies by this bogus President:  Libby’s effort to help smooth over the untruthful claims made by M. Death Penalty and the Gang of Four, and to assist Bush’s warmongering administration in order to help (Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld -the “Gang of 4”) steal America’s and Iraqi wealth, and to help prop-up their immoral clique, their favored stratum and their base, including their sweetheart deals with Halliburton, their Wal-Mart union busting, and their windfall for X,Y, and Z Petroleum corporations, and the Bush gang’s stock portfolio; an administrative clique made up of assorted administrative plunderers, thieves, murders, gangsters, and warmongers who are all in cahoots with this administration of traitors and double-dealers and that produced and brought to the American people DEMOLITIONS OF 9/11.  This Bush Gang postures on behalf of the “dangerous class.” The Bush Gang is made up of assorted neonazicons and political caricature and they are organized for war and the roll-back of the Bill of Rights, and are thus the current darlings of the Empire crazies and the lovers of Occupation that collectively misgovern America, all on behalf of, to paraphrase the words of “I Like Ike,” the “military-industrial-petroleum-PNAC-‘ no bid contract’-corrupt lobbyist-bribe-and-government-kickback-corporate/state complex.”  Bushism, the latest King George, well, what can one say?  We know the solution –REVOLUTION (period!).

** !!  >>Waas says, “to go to war with Iraq” . . . really means a PREEMTIVE WAR OF AGRESSION, OCCUPATION, DESTRUCTION, SHOCK AND AWE, A WAR LAUNCHED FOR STATE TERRORISM AND CONQUEST ON BEHALF OF BUSH AND HIS NEONAZICON NETWORK OF EMPIRE BUILDERS (PNAC period !).

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” –Mussolini

and THAT is the real essence, the ideological and political core of Bushism.

Love and peace,
but bring your brass knuckles.

-Carte Dumonde


#@$1*>+  …  %**.<”/ … BUSH !!!!!!

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By Audrey, April 13, 2006 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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“...it raises the question of how the president came to be a captive of his vice-president’s fantasies.”
I thought we all knew that from the day this administration took charge of the White House, Dick Cheney was the man. George Bush, the eternal frat boy surely was known by all the people around him not have the mental capability to run the country. Dick couldn’t be elected, George could. Mr. Scheer, why must you give Bush a pass on this. The buck should stop on the president’s desk.
As for Powell, he has always been a paper tiger. When many thought he should run for president, I would ask - what does he stand for? No one could answer. He was always the “good soldier”. He did what he was told. He should have resigned in protest. He could have saved the lives of nearly 2,500 soldiers and marines and countless Iraqi civilians.

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By orompi, April 13, 2006 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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i knew colin powell when he was a lieutenant colonel. i had great admiration and respect for him and even prayed that he would make general.
I lost all that respect the day he made the speech before the UN.  He was loyal to the president but disloyal to the american people.
What a pity.

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By Christian, April 13, 2006 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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Let’s not forget that the September 11th attacks were also a great big sham orchestrated by the U.S. governemnt. Anyone who believes that Osama bin Laden, who’s family has a long business relationship with the Bush family, pulled off 9/11 might as well still believe in Santa Claus ... or that the Earth was created 6,000 years ago.

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By Mark Berger, April 13, 2006 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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I wouldn’t put too much faith in anything Arlen Specter says regarding getting tough with this administration. He sounded tough at the wiretapping hearings but never followed through. The President is essentially doing exactly what he was doing before and not going to the courts to get a warrant. Here is a summary taken from CNN when Alberto Gonzales appeared before the Judiciary Committee to testify about wiretapping:

“But the panel’s chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, said President Bush “doesn’t have a blank check” to bypass a special court set up to approve secret wiretaps under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

Specter said no “fair, realistic reading” of the 2001 resolution gives the administration the power to conduct electronic surveillance of people inside the United States without a warrant.

“There has been an express will of Congress to the contrary,” Specter said. He urged the administration to submit its program to the federal court that oversees wiretap requests “lock, stock and barrel” for its review.

“Let them see the whole thing and let them pass judgment, because if they disagree with you, it’s the equilibrium of our constitutional system that’s involved,” he said.”

 
The tough talk always gets the headlines but the follow through is never demanded by the press or the people it seems.

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By Kathy, April 13, 2006 at 6:37 am Link to this comment
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Just once, I’d like one of the people in this administration say, “I’m sorry”.  The article was great, although it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know.  What it lacks though is Mr. Powell taking responsibility for what he did . . . perpetuating a lie that 51% of the American public believed without question.  Shame on them all!

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By L. Liston, April 13, 2006 at 6:13 am Link to this comment
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I would like to know what they held over Powel’s head in order to get him to betray his country as he did.  I watched his speach to the U.N.  I could tell he was under a lot of pressure to say what he did.  Maybe our present government is more mafia than ‘for the people’ than we previously thought.  I’m frightened for our future.  The so-called mushroom cloud may be sooner than we thought.  Please vote this year and get these meglomaniacs out of office!  Our children’s future depends on it.  L.Liston

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By Larry, April 13, 2006 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Dean’s comments #7009 reminded me of the saying: Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? I fear we have crossed the point of no return. I seriously wonder if there are any honest people left in government other than perhaps Ron Paul (Texas).

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By jos, April 13, 2006 at 4:55 am Link to this comment
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I said this back when Colin joined W’s W-House: “He’s sold his soul for personal/political gain.”

Now: Colin’s trying to renege on his deal with the devil…since he’s realized that the it’s a bum deal & the cost’s too high (for him). Too bad, Colin; too late, buddy: all the blood you’ve soaked yourself in by lying for BushCo will not wash off, not ever—-it must be BURNED off in the fires of hell, and that will take an eternity.
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By Trammell, April 13, 2006 at 4:45 am Link to this comment
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This is not the first time Powell has carried water for the Repubicans. He began his career as water-carrier during the My Lai investigation, limiting responsibility to the scapegoat, Lt. Caley.

He also had a limited role in Iran/Contra (See Consortium News).

Loyalty to any president over America’s constitution and her people is extremely misguided.

He should have resigned and stated his reasons. He may well have saved thousands of lives by doing so. I cannot forgive him.

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By SMCHRIS, April 13, 2006 at 4:34 am Link to this comment
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There is a whole lot of talk here about Colin standing up and resigning and about the american people standing up.  Where is the talk about the American people resigning?

Sound stupid?  You think the White House cares what you do in your spare time?  Go ahead and march for hours on the weekends.  Get all your aerobic points for the week.  Why should they care?  If America struck— If everybody walked off their jobs together and closed everything down, you can bet they’ll listen then.  Look at the “cowardly” French.  Just the other week, the people stood up together, walked off work and reversed a labor law the government said they would never back down on.

When will Americans get a clue that talk is cheap, action gets results?

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By Mistermike, April 13, 2006 at 12:51 am Link to this comment
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Ralph Nader is wallowing in a giant “I told you so…hope your happy with your two party system!”

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By peachimp, April 12, 2006 at 10:53 pm Link to this comment
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Since Powell wasn’t man enough to step up to the plate before Iraq and waited till the other retired Generals started speaking out—-he should organize and do the right thing. Stop the insanity of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. It is his damn duty!

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By AL SHields, April 12, 2006 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment
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The war was no more than a business decision.  Cheney is millions richer because of it, Halliburton profits and stock are soaring.  Now we must do the next business deal and go into Iran.  Ethics and business decisions do not go hand-in-hand. This show s what the price of life is to the government, 2000+ lives = $30 million to Cheney.  Iraqi lives have no value and aren’t counted.

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By ralph, April 12, 2006 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
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terrric comments.  glad someone else can see the trees through the BS.
  Why didn’t we just go after the mastermind and re-oreient ourselves so we would not be held hostage to oil?  Duh, you all know.  I don’t need to explain it to yah.
  I saw this today http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=143&art_id=vn20060211110132138C184427  Of course that would cut profits for the big boys.  If we had spent the missing $ from Iraq we could have come up with something as good.  Instead, we are just going deeper in debt to fill Arbustos coffers and his boy toys’.  We are living in a feudal society people.  Buchco, does not give a shit about you or your neighbors, they just want your bucks.
  That dictarorship the shrubster made wasn’t a wish, it was a reality.
  Hey, but, remember I love you

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By JollyRoger, April 12, 2006 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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I can hardly wait for the screeching monkeys of the paid-off punditry to go full-tilt in denouncing yet another decent American patriot.

And the worshippers, as always, will sing the paeans of worship to their simian Lord in Washington.

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By Joe Trifi, April 12, 2006 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment
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well,like any othr Impire throught out history,The united states will fall down sooner or later! leadership is not easy!!!

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By ktg, April 12, 2006 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment
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Unfortuantely Powel is a career soldier and he is trained to oeby his superior i.e. Camder in Chief. If he spke up like that first Treasury Secretary in Bush jr’s administration, he would be ostracised and fired.

I’ll rather he remained to moderate the extremists in Bush’s White House as a voice of reason.

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By Radio Head, April 12, 2006 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t lose sight of the fact that Powell was widely reported to have received and reviewed the internal memo citing Plame as a CIAer and recommending outing her.  Reporters have him among the crowd of Rovians passing it around on a flight to Europe with Bush, Condy and others. Powell, a likely unindicted co-conspirator when Fitz’s inquiry is completed, has been a media favorite, protected from all accountability as the corporate press promotes him as a liely Presidential contender.  I on’t get it, really, since he never has anything impprtant to say other than, “I didn’t really agree but I had no real power.”  True Presidential timber, that guy. My guess is that Powell finally figured out that he is NEVER going to be President unless he breaks out of this criminal gang by helping toss someone under the bus.  Unfortunately, moonbat Moonie he is, Powell thinks his problem is Cheney!  Uh, Colin, it’s Karl who’s been tokening you, not Dick.

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By James, April 12, 2006 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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so sad to see a good man make such poor choices….could have been a true american hero

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By Stan A, April 12, 2006 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Here is how we went so wrong…during the run up to the 2000 presidental election and when many were still unsure of W - unknown still to many - Colin Powell gave his blessing to his candidacy, saying in effect that he was a good man.  God, he lied even back then.

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By Bruce Boyle, April 12, 2006 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment
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Murray Wass observes that “Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff [Sleaze Bag Libby] has testified that President Bush authorized him to disclose the contents of ‘a highly classified intelligence assessment’ * !  to the media to [help] defend the Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq, ** !!  according to papers filed in federal court on Wednesday by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case.”  ——“Libby Says Bush Authorized Leaks” (can be found at Information Clearing House.)

* ! Please take note of the official soft peddle jargon used by Libby, that is now repeated by Bush:

In this case, “classified intelligence assessment” is a reference to the outing of a CIA agent Valerie Plame ( meant to endanger her life)  for the sake of Bush’s personal revenge ( a political outing meant to get back at her husband for his, TRUTHFUL report about the NON-SALE of Nigerian “yellow cake” to Iraq); a report that directly contradicted the administration’s untruthful proclamations and war hysteria—the endless repetition of lies by this bogus President—  to smooth over the untruthful claims made by M. Death Penalty and the Gang of Four, and to assist the Bush’s warmongering administration, to help (Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfeld -the “G4”) steal America’s and Iraqi wealth and to prop-up their immoral clique, their stratum and their base, their Halliburton, their Wal-Mart, and their Petroleum corporations made up of other administrative plunderers, thieves, murders, gangsters, warmongers, in cahoots with this administration of traitors and double-dealers that brought America the 9/11 DEMOLITIONS. A gang that postures on behalf of the dangerous class and that make up the political caricature of the current darlings and criminals of Empire crazies and lovers of Occupation that misgovern on behalf of (to paraphrase Old Ike) the “military-industrial-petroleum-PNAC-‘ no bid contract’-corrupt lobbyist-and the bribe-and-government-kickback corporate/state complex.”  Bushism, King George, enough said, for now.

** !!  says, “to go to war with Iraq” . . . really means a PREEMTIVE WAR OF AGRESSION, OCCUPATION, DESTRUCTION,  SHOCK AND AWE,  A WAR OF STATE TERRORISM AND CONQUEST ON BEHALF OF BUSH AND HIS NEONAZICON NETWORK OF EMPIRE BUILDERS.

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” –Mussolini

and THAT is the real essence of Bushism.


Love and peace,
but bring your brass knuckles.


-Carte Dumonde


#@$1*>+ … %**.<”/… BUSH !!!!!!

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By Grimm, April 12, 2006 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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He let down his country, his family, his race.
Powell is dead to me.

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By Carroll Lagemann, April 12, 2006 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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I have been a Democrat all my adult life, but
once, I went for a Republican, R. Nixon.  And what happened with him? Ditto, with that vice president who had to resign in disgrace, and with McCarthy, Gingritch, and now DeLay, etc., etc.,!But, honestly I never thought even a Republican president could so persue his own goal for glory by betraying his people so ruthlessly.  Perhaps there is a more guilty member of his party, as many others have come to believe…..our cowardly former Sec. of State,
Mr. Powell?  To think I once though he’d make a good president!!

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By Robg, April 12, 2006 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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So Uncle Tom anti-gay bigot Powell finally lets the cat out fo the bag? Ya know, I’m sure some Nazi’s tried to weasel their way out of responsibility after WW2 and it just ain’t gonna cut it in his case. String him up, I say! If only the EU would realize its true power and demand Nuremburg II, the Bush-Cheney war criminal trials.

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By Agnok, April 12, 2006 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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Next they will claim to have captured Bin Laden. It is the only thing that could swing this the other way. I’m betting that they trot out the fake Bon Laden they used fot the “confession”.

I never used to be a tin-foil hatter, but damn if these people aren’t straight out of “Goverment Coup for Dummies”.

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By Barry Brisco, April 12, 2006 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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When Powell made his speech to the UN listing “intelligence” on Saddam’s WMD programs, I lost all respect for him. Now Powell says that he never believed Iraq posed an “imminent” threat to the US. This is really a stunning admission on hiss part.

If Powell had told Bush in late 2002 something like: “I will not go to the UN and say things that I do not believe are true and that could lead the US into a disastrous unnecessary war”, and then resigned and gone public with his beliefs, he could have literally single handedly steered public opinion against the war and Bush might have backed down. At that time Powell had tremendous credibility with a large percentage of the American public (of course he lost that by his own actions and “loyalty” to Bush). Bush and Cheney used Powell to advance their own

Powell should have realized in late 2002 that he was no longer a soldier who had no option but to obey orders, but that as a public servant he now had a duty to speak the truth even if it meant disagreeing with his boss because larger principles were at stake.

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By Steve Hanson, April 12, 2006 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
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The warmongers lead by Cheney, Hand pick Bush when they went to Texas to recruit him back in the late 90’s. They knew then that if Bush was elected, The United States was going to war with Iraq. 9/11 was a convienant excuse for war with Iraq. Even if 9/11 had not happened we still would of likey went to war with Iraq. The hand writing was on the wall as far back as before th 2000 election. All one had to do was pay attention to Bush/Cheney’s body langauge. I’m afraid the worst is yet to come. Keep an eye on the Iran developements and keep your eye on the ball.

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By blogenfreude, April 12, 2006 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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What happened to officers who resigned rather than besmirch their honor.  Bush is stupid, but Powell? Oy. Could he not have saved us?

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By brandon, April 12, 2006 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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all these years and lives later, on behalf of all of those screaming against this war from the beginning, I would like to say “we told you so.” When the media rolled over and didn’t do their constitutional right of disseminating information we all yelled and were called “America Haters” and “Unpatriotic.” Those with the platforms and means by which to investigate the truth, sat on their hands and let this happen. this war. this president. Let this be a lesson from the blogosphere journals and writers, use your rights, and do your job, finally!

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By acresone, April 12, 2006 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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Colin Powell is as guilty of murder and genocide as Dick Chaney, George Bush and all the other criminals in George W. Bush’s administration.  Powell went to the UN and made a case for war when he knew that evidence was being falsfied.  How can he sleep at night?  George Bush and his complete administration should be put on trial in the same manner as Sadam.  For all the years that Sadam ruled Iraq, he did not cause the devastation and deaths that George Bush and his gang criminals have caused.

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By Art Armstrong, April 12, 2006 at 1:58 pm Link to this comment
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We are about to execute a muslim because “if he had told the FBI the truth the 9/11 attacks would never have happened.”

If Powell had told the country the truth the attack on Iraq would never have happened.

We should execute Powell.

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By Aurore, April 12, 2006 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Like many Americans I had a lot of admiration for Colin Powell, but his Faustian bargin with George Bush; for him to be Secretary of State, and for his son to be appointed commissoner of the FCC, has destroyed his reputation.

While members of the military are trained to take orders without question, there is also a higher responsibility to refuse to take orders if they are harmful or immoral. 

It must have been a difficult task at best for Powell to sort out the various conflicting feelings he was going through. To suck it in and keep going, as he did, or to use his high standing in country to either effect change or resign. 

We as a country, and Iraq in particular are very sorry he chose the former.  Perhaps if he were to not merely try to make himself look good in comparison, but actually reveal info that would lead to Bush’s political destruction, that might go a long way towards putting this country on the right track.

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By norman ravitch, April 12, 2006 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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Colin Powell reminds me of those Prussian generals who disagreed with Hitler but did his dirty work nonetheless.

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By Bob Merritts, April 12, 2006 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment
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How can anyone now take anything this administration says as true after seeing lie after
lie being exposed daily. The one person who had a
any credibility, Colin Powell, let himself be used
by the Neocons and for that I have no respect for
him.

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By Chris Long, April 12, 2006 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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The scary thing for me is the sense that while George W. had a dubious 50% of the population on his side no one much spoke up in the main stream media (except Robert Scheer)with simple, clear and direct language that described what was going on. Does this mean that the country can be high jacked and free speech shut down by a 51% majority?

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By Dean, April 12, 2006 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Let me get this straight..We are worried about Iran, a so called rogue nation, possibly using Nuke weapons, so we are contemplating using our Nuke weapons.?

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By Claudio-Miguel, April 12, 2006 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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Wouldn’t it be marvelous IF all of us could come together and have a National Day of Protest - such as the current Immigration Demonstrations across the Nation - against BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, RICE and of course POWELL and show that we will NOT beleive anything they say again.  We might also demonstrate to show our support of Censoring BUSH, CHENEY and RUMSFELD for their lies and their continual lying.

General Powell has really shown his ‘patriotism’ by his own lying at the United Nations when he backed up the Administration and was nothing more than a lakey for their lies.  Powell should have had enough “JUEVOS” to tell BUSH that he was WRONG.  Why does he wait so long to tell us what we already knew.  Guilty Conscience???

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By Richard Fox, April 12, 2006 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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The deep and abiding sadness I feel at the course our country has taken.. frankly leads me to comment here.

Secretary of State Powell was complicit in starting a war he himself knew was based at its root on lies.

The President and the Vice President knowingly sent Americans in harm’s way to fight a non-existent nuclear threat. 

The Secretary of War (who has never himself been in a war) planned this conflict based not on reality but on a preconceived ideal of a “new war” —one with less boots on the ground and more technical wizardry.  Most impressive, that.

Our Congress never questioned the rationale for war or the reality of the planning. It was approved, rubber stamped and off and running.

Fellow citizens branded anyone unpatriotic if they suggested the war’s true motivation was something as venal as oil, and profit. 

Our news media was fed news from “Centcom”, rather than from an unbiased perspective.

So it goes on and on. Don’t get me started on Iraqi mobile bio labs and our own dubious, flawed voting machines.

And yet, and yet. I have faith in the American system of government to cleanse itself and cast all this off. It is not the first time in history the scoundrels have been in charge.  It won’t be the last.

One last (somewhat unrelated) point: Isn’t “Tom Delay” well named? Much better than anything a writer could invent. Just amazing. He will end up an honored cabinet minister. Watch.

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By magicchance, April 12, 2006 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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When a Bush, a Cheney or a Rumsfeld lies, it’s a lie.  When a Powell lies, it’s a DAMNED LIE.

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By Old Salty Dog, April 12, 2006 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Powell’s political loyalty made him two-faced and diffident when he should have been straight up and courageous.  He has now lost the respect of the nation for his going along with the conspiracy.  Sad end to a fine career.  Illustrating what happens when you go to bed with crooks. He will be writing His Apology for years to come, but who will listen?

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By Barbara Ehrlich, April 12, 2006 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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Powell should hide his face in shame.  What a traitor.

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By dead last, April 12, 2006 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Robert,

Thanks for keeping the fire tended.  I miss you in the L.A. Times.

I have a theory as to why the Democratic Leadership is not in favor of censure.  First, they know they will get the House in November/January.  And if Bush and Cheney are forced out of office simultaniously, the Speaker of the House would become President.  The Democrats would rather have that person be Nancy Pelosi rather than Dennis Hastert. 

Have you heard anyone mention that theory as to why the Dems are so timid right now?

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By Larry Piltz, April 12, 2006 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Did you ask him why he still lied his guts out before the U.N. if he knew it was all lies?

Too polite?

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By John Earl, April 12, 2006 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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Even if such individuals as Scott Ritter who claimed before the invasion that Iraq had no WMDs could be ignored, I always said when all the claims by Powell were made, “OK, just let the arms inspectors in on an exact location of WMDs.” If Powell’s warnings were to be found justified then the international community would support an incursion into Iraq.

But of course Powell’s claims were cut from whole cloth all along. I at one time held Powell in high regard. Now I hold him in contempt.

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By ken richards, April 12, 2006 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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I have empathy for Gen Powell. It is now very clear that he was also lied to, and deliberately used to confusse the American people.
Now we have the threat of invasion of Iran. this one and the Iraq one, have been in the pipeline for yearsa. The Cheney, rumsfeld, gang have been palnning all this for many years.
We are using our military might to conquer the world for American business, and control of the economics of the Planet..
I beg all of you to get your news and info from BBc or at least foreign press. Try The gurdia in U.K. for instance

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By Colleen, April 12, 2006 at 11:05 am Link to this comment
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Think about it.  We as a group of citizens are no diferent than the Germans under Hitler.  The silence the willing to believe for the better.  We have been watching our leaders (White House, Congress, & Supreme Court) use their power harmfully and digracfully convincing the American people it is all to make their lives better, richer and safer.  In fifty years how will the American people be able to look themselves in the mirror.

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By manuel vivero, April 12, 2006 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Now all these phraseology by Powell, in different sources, like to his Secretary or right hand last year, has no meaning at all specially when more than 2 thousand soldiers have fallen in Iraq. Shame on him that he had not the courage to come public and say- all he knows very well when he was at the side of the president, to the American population. Is not a matter of loyalty to the Bush family, is a matter of patriotism and loyalty to the soldiers who has died in Iraq and to the people of USA.

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By Cid, April 12, 2006 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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Come on people, Colin Powell only got the job in the first place because he was corrupt, not the other way around.

Does no one remember his involvement in the My Lai cover up? He’s been betraying democracy while wearing the uniform for years. The perfect GOP puppet: A coward and a traitor.

Wake up already.

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By Philip, April 12, 2006 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Powell has just confessed to TREASON and complicity in crimes against humanity..

But nobody will do anything about it.  So what else is new?

Its time the people of the United States accepted FULL responsiblity for letting their servants get away with murder.

Millions of immigrants can rally to the streets…but American citizens are too busy watching TV, eating and shopping.

And they, like the Germans before them, will shrug their shoulders in the aftermath and say, “WE DIDN’T KNOW”
If they don’t know….it is because they CHOOSE not to know!

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By Geoff, April 12, 2006 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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It’s one thing to cherry pick the evidence - it is another to disingenuously have crack teams of loyalists be part of the fact finding missions in the first place.

The real problem is that we are allowing hacks to go and cook up evidence which in fact is nothing of the sort. It’s produced specifically for the purpose of being able to point at it as official, when in reality, the only evidence that really matters is that of a wide range of experts. To say as the right-wing spinmeisters are saying that “two teams found evidence” of biological labs, while “one team didnt find evidence” is an unfair comparison.

Imagine you sent 100 teams of 5th graders looking for what you want to find, they come back and find it. THen you send one expert team of PhDs from a relevant field of study, who find something 100% opposed to the 5th graders. Do you then go out and say, 100 teams believe it but 1 dissenting team doesnt??? This is ludicrous.

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By EnlightenedCitizen, April 12, 2006 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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I’m tired of hearing we gave Osama Bin Laden what he wanted a ruined US economy etc. OBL had nothing to do with 911 people, wake up. The biggest terrorists are in the White House.What else needs to come out before everyone get’s a clue?!

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By C21014C2, April 12, 2006 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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If this *$@&$  can manipulate us to go to war, what do you think he and his brother can do to the election results in Florida?

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By chairman_mao, April 12, 2006 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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The democrats have the audacity to “speak up and against” the travesty that is this war.the democrats were complacent and scared of the idea of being called unpatriotic.last time i checked it was a bipartisan decision to go to war,theres blame to go around democrats and republicans alike!I am frightened to know that politicians are WILLING to send our SONS and DAUGHTERS into battle just to fill their pockets.These right wing lunatics and spineless democrats are destroying our society!

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By Juan, April 12, 2006 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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Whoa, whoa, hey!!! What ?? What is this outcry now ? Please, Americans, tell me how come nobody in the whole world believed those lies then, in 2002 and 2003 - except you? Remember all those huge anti-war demonstrations in London, Paris, Rome and so on ? And then, remember “freedom fries” ? A dumb nation deserves a dumb president and a wimp as a State Secretary.

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By Gerald, April 12, 2006 at 9:00 am Link to this comment
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When independent researchers tried to warn us that 9/11 was an inside job, most ignored them and joined with the media in calling them “crazy conspiracy theorists!

When independent researchers along with ambassador Wilson, also tried to warn us that Bush’s claims about Iraqi WMD’s were completely bogus, Americans again ignored them and called them “crazy conspiracy theorists”!

The American public is always the last to know what’s really going on here and abroad, because of our propensity to ridicule and ignore anyone who tries to warn us that the latest official story from government and the media, is a lie!

Any nation who practices such dim-witted foolishness shouldn’t be surprised when they’re victimized by official lies and disasterous scams such as 9/11 and the Iraq war. This is not the behavior of an intelligent nation but a nation of dummies and sheep. There’s really no hope for this country unless Americans realize just how stupid they’ve become.

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By Nannie Turner, April 12, 2006 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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No matter what this administration does,our congress will not hold them accountable.It is up to the American people to voice their rage and disapproval of the crimes they have commited agsinst us and the Iraqi people.Take a look at the recent protests of the Latino Immagrants in this country.They are more patroitic than so called American citizens.Get up off your butts and MARCH IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS In WASHINGTON.LET CONGRESS KNOW WE WILL NOT STAND FOR ANY MORE LIES.THERE WILL BE ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER.SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT.Being reelected is their only goal,and doing their job is the last item on their agenda.Give them their notice NOW.

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By philip witak, April 12, 2006 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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we have cold-blooded murderers running this country; cretins who intentionally misled and deceived the citizenry regarding a preemptive war on an innocent people, in their corrupt pursuit of personal wealth, power and influence.

they are criminals - most disgusting and horrible -  who must be held fully accountable for the death and destruction they have inflicted on this world if we are ever to restore truly democratic values and the rule-of-law in this country.

impeach ‘em - try ‘em - and fry ‘em!

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By glenda sitnek, April 12, 2006 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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Finally, Americans begin to speak out.  I’ve been waiting for almost 5 years for Americans to stand up and be counted.  This disgraceful, greedy administration and their actions have set the country back at least 10 years.

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