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Robert Scheer: Now Powell Tells Us

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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 Jasmin, April 12, 2006 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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One can say all they want about Bush and Cheney, the fact of the matter is, the American people are just too stupid to figure out the game that’s being played on them by these crooks! Bush may dumb, but mainstream America is quite a bit dumber! The fact that we can’t connect the dots on the criminal nature of the Bush Whitehouse, speaks volumes for America’s moral and intellectual dysfunction. We just don’t have enough citizen’s smart enough to overcome the perponderance of useful idiots who make up the majority of mainstream America. Instead of futile Bush and Cheney bashing, copious mainstream America bashing in order for it’s foolish habit of constantly electing known Democratic and or Republican crooks and liars to high public office.

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By Mary Fox, April 12, 2006 at 7:54 am Link to this comment
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It is too late for “I told you so” but it’s not too late to DO something! Take back your country. Remember, it’s WE the People! Let’s generate people-powered politics and demand accountability. Talk to everyone—not just the rest of “the choir”. Call your congressperson, your senator and tell them how you feel. A good first step is to support Feingold’s censure amendment. Then work like hell for the election this fall to get a Democratic majority in the house and senate so we can start the investigation. And next time your gut tells you something is wrong, listen to it not the oily politicians and Fox News who have an agenda. Remember, always follow the money…Halliburton, oil company execs, the industrial military complex…

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By CaBeachBum, April 12, 2006 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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Colin Powell has set his place in history. Unfortunately, his legacy will be one he will regret. How disgustingly ironic that his loyalty was to a moronic president and not to his country.

To all the families of the victims of this insane war, American and Iraqi, he owes an apology and a complete admission of his contrition.

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By Adie, April 12, 2006 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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I fear that, while everyone else is playing “gotcha” pointing fingers, or simply twiddling their thumbs in “oh my goodness” mode, cheney & rumsfeld are going to take us to war yet again on false pretenses.  They’re already deep into trashing our democracy and environment right under our noses.  Is there no way to stop these people?  They seem immune to reason, ethical principles, any thoughts of responsibility for the welfare of future generations.  I’m not easily shaken, but madmen with no evidence of scruples scare me witless, especially when those who COULD influence them or, at the very least, sound an alarm in a timely manner, find every excuse imaginable to avoid action or responsibility (e.g., Powell).

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By David Hamilton, April 12, 2006 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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Actually, you ought to better appreciate what Bush has done. He has radically weakened the US by totally losing its credibility, alienating its potential allies, exposing its military limitations and rousing the unified opposition of the world’s other superpower – world public opinion.  He will be seen as a historically seminal figure, the man who debilitated “the sole superpower”.  Given that the US has been an aggressive imperial power since 1776, that’s not a bad thing.  George W. Bush was the anti-imperialist candidate and he’s followed through.  How about giving the guy a little credit.

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By Pete, April 12, 2006 at 5:55 am Link to this comment
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Despite his current position as a critic of this administration’s handling of the war, Powell’s inaction renders him complicit in what should be considered a crime - starting a war based on false premises.  There is only one thing Powell can do to restore some level of dignity.  He must publicly and VERY OUTSPOKENLY rebuke the lies of this administration, and be the galvanizing force leading to impeachment.  People will listen to him.  Anything less, and he will be simply another Bu$h lackey.

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By blackwelder, April 12, 2006 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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Brumberg you’re an idiot. Don’t you think plenty of people have been trying to get rid of Bush and Cheney? Republicans control at least 2 of the 3 branches of government. The republicans have been protecting their president and their own corruption at America’s expense. To call Bush and Cheney’s disastrous leadership the people’s fault is absurd.

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By achilles, April 12, 2006 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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Bush and Cheney orchestrated all the lies about Iraq for one reason: they thought invading Iraq would be easy.  They thought they could walk in, kick out Saddam, and the Iraqis would throw flowers.  Then everything would be wonderful.  Saddam would be gone, the Iraqis would have democracy, the U.S. would have a proven source of cheap oil, and Bush would have an overwhelming domestic mandate as a War Leader. 

The Bush Administration had a plan, a very well-conceived plan.  And a key part of that plan was this: if Iraq is a success, *nobody* is going to notice they lied to get it started.

“Success is its own reward,” the saying goes.  So, Powell didn’t say anything to stand in the way of The Plan.  He knew the justifications stunk, but he figured that victory would blow it all away.  The American people would be thrilled, the Iraqi people would be thrilled, the world would be thrilled, and the lies simply wouldn’t matter…....

This is the very definition of political cyniscism: to do something you *know* in your heart is wrong, because you will nevertheless stand to gain from it.  Powell knew the Bush Administration’s justifications for war were bogus, but he totally bought into the American Victory scenario.  “To the victor go the spoils,” including Good PR. 

Powell clearly stood to gain from the good PR an easy American victory would bring, including the enhancing of his own political fortunes.  Can we say Presidential candidate in 2008?

Powell is just as much of a rotten scoundrel in this tragic drama as is Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.  Powell stood to gain just as much from the the NeoCon fantasy - of Iraqis in the street with flowers and Instant Democracy “in the heart of the Middle East” - as did the rest of this sorry, despicable bunch.

It’s the only reason that explains why Powell would soil his previously spotless reputation in the service of this gang of tank-driven thugs.  Powell can say now that he “never believed” the evidence for war that Bush and Cheney were pushing, but he clearly believed in the benefit he would reap himself if the NeoCon fantasy came true.

For this, Powell shoulders just as much of the blame for the Iraq War as Bush and Cheney.  And for it, he deserves to be condemned by history and shunned by the American people.

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By LB, April 12, 2006 at 5:27 am Link to this comment
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My question is:  Can the president pardon himself?  Or does he have to resign and let Cheney take over the presidency (after he has pardoned Cheney himself) and then Cheney pardons Bush?

When Colin Powell spoke at the U.N., I almost believed him.  My spouse did completely and accused me of being a traitor for not supporting the war. 

How can anyone listen to C.P. now?  And pay him to speak?

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By Sandra Coppola, April 12, 2006 at 4:56 am Link to this comment
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Colin Powell is a traitor to his country.

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By TLV, April 12, 2006 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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It is time for everyone to join this movement. It is a simple one - easy to remember. Say NO To Bush!

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By Hose Kuervo, April 12, 2006 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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Colin Powell,who I always admired, sat back and played the “Good soldier” while Bush/Cheney led us into war based on lies. I suppose his truth telling is better late than never, but he should have put the good of the country before his loyalty to the Bush clan. Shame on you, Mr. Secretary

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By Hettie, April 12, 2006 at 4:41 am Link to this comment
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Powell will go down in history as the villain in this story.  It makes no difference that Cheney was the one pushing for war.  The American people would not have gone along on Cheney’s word.  The people who supported the war did so on Powell’s word.  It is probably too much of a burden for him to bear, and that is why he trys to blame Cheney.  I wonder what comfort the millions of dollars he has made since the war are to him.

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By J.Sykes, April 12, 2006 at 4:34 am Link to this comment
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So how many more of our young men are we going to sacrifice for Cheney’s fantasy and his greed. We should demonstrate against this President just as the Mexicans are demonstrating against border controls, after all, these are getting all the attention on the news!!  J.Sykes

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By Vince Porter, April 12, 2006 at 4:04 am Link to this comment
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So, what has encouraged Iran to persue a “nuclear program”? Might it have something to do with the possibility of being attacked by a rogue nation, armed with nuclear weapons, led by liars and a leader who has a direct line to god? Defense is indeed a big proposition when so much time is spent encouraging enmity.

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By RAL, April 12, 2006 at 3:51 am Link to this comment
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When the tide turns, things will get very very nasty for the bad guys.

Why else do you think they need to provoke a crisis and start a war with Iran?

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By Antoinette, April 12, 2006 at 3:25 am Link to this comment
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It was too obvious that it was Chaney all along- because only he and Halliburton benefit enoromously from the Iraq invasion.

It is just that most people cant bring themselves to even think, that any humen being would be that greedy to sacrifice thousands of lives,for money and power. Mr Chaneys family will be wealthy for many generations to come. Others that contributed with their sons and daughters to fight this war , will only have broken families and broken bodies.

The Irony is that The Bush Adminsitration has fullfilled Osama Bin Ladens goal for America. An economic implosion, thus reducing its power over meddling in the middle east.OBL didnt plan for the moral distruction of our values, but we gave him that too.

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By queensheena, April 12, 2006 at 3:05 am Link to this comment
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I had the greatest admiration for Gen. Powell but he lied as much as the others.  The problem was that the American people didn’t think he ever would.  I realized before the war started that we were being led like sheep into the mess that surely was to follow.  I almost lost my best friend arguing with her about it. I don’t feel that I could ever say “I told you so” because the little puppet emperor was so appealing to some people that I understand completely what happened.  There is something else even worse that is bothering me terribly and that is that in the President’s assumption of authority to listen to our calls, read our emails, etc that he listened in to calls & emails of Democrats candidates so as to know how to smear them immediately not to mention the terrible feeling I have that the voting machines were rigged in some places, not all.

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By Donald Mansmith, April 12, 2006 at 2:58 am Link to this comment
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Nothing less, Cheney and company should be tried for conspiracy and at least, 2,300 counts of manslaughter, and if we include Iraq’s dead…

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By Leigh Brumberg, April 12, 2006 at 2:45 am Link to this comment
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Dick Cheney. George Bush. Bit players. The American people are responsible for this country’s soul and direction. “But, I voted for Kerry” you say. Then, those of us who know better haven’t done enough to help those who don’t get it. We need to put down the remote, get off the couch, and get involved. If we ran a company by placing fools in key positions, then we’d be out of business. Denial and abdicating our citizen responsibilities are the root causes of the leadership mess in the White House and in Congress. At the very least, people should choose a national day of protest and gather with neighbors right out in front of their homes, hand-in-hand across America, and let the world know that we appreciate and take seriously the blessing of living in this country. No terrorists can do more harm to us than that which we are doing to ourselves.

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By Chris Casady, April 12, 2006 at 2:22 am Link to this comment
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I so want to start a revolution! I hate these liars and plunderers. I would throw my vote to anyone who sounded halfway normal if they would just speak up!

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By alex2012, April 12, 2006 at 2:18 am Link to this comment
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Enough already. The gig is up. How much more evidence do we need? We know they stole both elections then lied us into war. We are fully aware that both parties are complicit and cannot be depended upon to do anything about it. Censure is sinking. Talk of withdrawal is forbidden. The only people talking impeachment are us, the people, its nowhere on the radar in Washington. We can no longer depend on our representatives. Strike. Boycott. March.

http://www.operation2012.com/

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By Dr. Susan Block, April 12, 2006 at 1:46 am Link to this comment
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Q: When does Bush lie?

A: When he opens his mouth.

Fermer le Bush!

http://www.drsusanblock.com/blog/

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By Mike, April 12, 2006 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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I too am disgusted to hear Powell telling us now that he knew back then that the evidence that Iraq was an imminent threat to us was bogus.  If he had resigned back then and stated that he could not support the proposed war based on the evidence, it is possible that it would have swayed many in congress and across the nation.  Instead he chose to help the warmongers by lying to the world in the U.N.  I used to respect him, but not any more.

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By Druthers, April 12, 2006 at 1:03 am Link to this comment
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I think no one ever suspected Bush of having an idea but it is not a question of whose idea the invasion was. Bush is the President, he is responsible for his administration.
I had so hoped that Powell would resign even if he did not speak out. At that time how many spoke out among the elected representatives, the media. When Congress rolled over, relinquished its rights to the executive branch, how many spoke out.  They can be counted easily.
The power grab is still on and as before all in the name of protecting us, fearful little things that we are.

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By e lion, April 12, 2006 at 12:55 am Link to this comment
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Now he tells us, indeed.  I expecially like the matter-of-fact tone to Powell’s reply.. “Hey-I never bought that B.S.~ (shrug of the shoulders) oh well- Cheyney went with CIA’s trumped up analysis. What can ya’ do?” 

As though this can be reduced to a difference of opinion, when Powell’s own opinion is that there was NO credible evidence upon which reasonable minds could differ.

Yet he plays the polite game of “we agree to disagree” with Cheyney and Bush, when the stakes are life and death? When the original aim was for America to unjustly INVADE a sovereign nation? 

As though it were out of his hands. As though Powell was powerless- and had nothing to do with the hard sell for war- the dog and pony show he put on at the UN. 

I personally recall saying at the time- if   Colin Powell says we need to go to war- then they know something they just can’t tell us. My wake up call was when I realized the part they couldn’t tell us was the truth, that there was no justification for invading Iraq. 

I was one of many- maybe most- Americans- who had NO reservation in supporting the war when we invaded Iraq- I had complete faith that we were justified- for one reason- Colin Powell said so. 

Now he says he knew the Administration’s justification for invading Iraq was bogus- and he suffers no consequence? While the young men and women we sent there to die- on his word- pay the ultimate price?

This is wrong. Colin Powell was the lynchpin,the only thing that stood between the Bush Administration(in other words- Cheyney) and the unnecessary death and injury to thousands of America’s sons and daughters, to say nothing of the countless innocent Iraqi’s killed in the cross fire.

No. Colin Powell does not get a free pass, he has the blood of his troops on his hands and I think he feels it.  His only redemption will come if he stands up and speaks out to set the record straight, NOW- while it can still make a difference- (not some 30 years-too-late memoir that confirms what everyone had suspected), no matter the public or private consequences he might suffer.

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By relayer, April 12, 2006 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
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Take a moment to remember General Eric Shinseki, who DID have the balls to stand up and speak out and was shamefully disgraced and put out to pasture.

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By APS, April 11, 2006 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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What i can’t believe is why people put so much into this issue, when the REAL issues here are more grave than that. I’m talking about the rigged elections. Not only 2000, but 2004’s election as well. Doesn’t anyone know the problems with the voting machines and the letter of the CEO who sold electronic voting machines and promised Bush the elections? Does anyone remember Farenheit 9/11 when Bush is on the presidential plane and his brother tells him he’ll give him Florida (the votes)? These administration officials carry a flag of “democracy” in our faces as well as in the faces of Muslims. Why are people so stupid. When there are rigged elections IT IS NOT A DEMOCRACY! I also think how stupid people are here in America. I find it very sad that it takes an all out serious investigation to know what some of us smart people already knew about the Wilson case.  Sorry, but when the Government threatens people who speak out on behalf of justice in this country, that is NOT A DEMOCRACY! We are no better than the North Korean, Chinese or Cuban Communist government. It has become a sick and corrupt system and the people must rise up against a bullying government, unless we want the total hatred of the world (who doesn’t hate us really? I mean, British govnt is our “allies,” but it’s the people that hate us that trully counts). People need to wake up to reality. Who are the real terrorists? Aren’t we the ones who threaten countries and drop NUCLEAR BOMBS on innocent women and children? I hate ignorant people.

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By Jeremy Hudson, April 11, 2006 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment
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I feel so bad for BUSH…. that I could cry.  This is by far the stupidest President in world history.  I can’t see how this guy sleeps at night with all of the things he’s done wrong in this world.  All of the lies, leaks, deaths of innocent people, misguided principles and values, stubborness, stupidness, arrogance, unemployed,turn the other cheek on outsourcing American jobs,  should be enough to be impeached and tried for crimes against humanity but partisan politics won’t allow it to happen.  It’s time that we make a change in our leadership and those oppression systems set in place to keep the majority of us down.

It’s time for a revolution.

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By Lawrence of Suburbia, April 11, 2006 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment
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I hope there’s a special place in Hell for those who knew better. Bush, Cheney, the Office of Special Plans, Team Wolfowitz…all rabid ideologues who were known quantities.

But George Tenet? Colin Powell? When Powell addressed the UN I listened closely. That’s Colin Powell speaking…a true patriot and hero!

When the New York Times reports on the front page that the aluminum tubes were tools of nuclear weaponry…that’s The New York Times! (And remember when “I read it in The Times” was the ultimate confirmation of depth, probity and reliability instead of the punch line to a Leno joke?)

Tens of thousands dead, including nearly 2400 American service men and women…tens of thousands more maimed, a region in chaos, America’s credibility in tatters for who knows how long.

And not a single damned one of them has the grace or humility to say the only thing left to say: “Oh my God, I am so sorry for what I’ve done.”

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By Keeper, April 11, 2006 at 11:14 pm Link to this comment
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The facts are just now catching up with what many ofus knew back then, Lie’s, Lie’s, Lie’s and more Lie’s.

Powell was obviously undermined by Cheney and now he can speak openly.

Let the man speak, AMERICA!

The TRUTH will Set us Free of these Clown in the Bush Administration.

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By pax, April 11, 2006 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment
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How does Colin Powell sleep at night.  How does he get up in the morning and look himself in the mirror as he shaves.  I wonder if he goes out to Walter Reed. 

When the others spoke I saw political blah blah blah.  When he sat there at the UN with his vial that represented everything bad that Saddam might be up to I believed.  I believed because of his “integrity”.

Bah humbug

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By comandante che, April 11, 2006 at 11:02 pm Link to this comment
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i have never believed the myth that colin powell was one of our greatest generals.  his term as secretary of state and his performance at the un with his little cartoons of mobile weapons on wheels (‘they might look like these…) exposed him for what he has been his entire career.  a four star kiss ass who’d rather salute than stand up like man and say, ‘you know what, ladies and gentlemen? the truth is i know most of the shit they’re telling me to say is based on outright lies…and unless i say something, tens of thousands of innocent people, not too mention thousands of decent america soldiers, are going to die in truely horrible and terrible ways.  so in the name of everything good my country stands for, i resign.’ 
no, not our colin. 
and now he jets about collecting his six figure speaking fees, hoping we all understand it was all cheney’s fault.  the good general forgetting that no soldier, no civilian official working for the government, is in the wrong by refusing to carry out the illegal or immoral orders of a superior officer…indeed they have a duty to do the correct and honourable thing.
colin powell is a disgrace to the uniform.

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By Jack Waldron, April 11, 2006 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment
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So the neo-cons lined up like sheep to heap scorn on Joe Wilson. Then we find out that the President, VP and Secretary of State were the liars, and everything Wilson said was true.
So where are the neo-cons now?
Where are the apologies and retractions?
Where’s the big headline on Fox News saying “We were wrong. The administration lied to us, and we decided to be cheerleaders instead of journalists?”
If we vote these liars out, we’ll be in the same boat in 30 years.
Prosecute them.

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By Mike Blknight18, April 11, 2006 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment
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I think we should collectively call all of this, “The Iraq Conspiracy” and start spreading that buzz phrase.

It is apparant that this was group of individuals collectively lying to the American public throughout this whole affair.  It was a conspiracy.

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By Suvro, April 11, 2006 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment
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Colin Powell is the biggest coward this side of the Atlantic. He is infinitely worse than Cheney. Cheney is like the proverbial scorpion - knows only to sting, even when his life might end because of it - that is his ‘karma’.

But Powell? He knew better than to lead us into this fiasco. And he knows better than to hold his tongue now. May he rot in eternal hell!

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By Dennis Fraser, April 11, 2006 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment
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Why do Americans tolerate such a serious blunder, that have killed thousands of people, this President should be brought up on charges, America have taken the hight road to being all and mighty, but it is a fact that we here don’t believe he is a killer. I am so sick of this President, he is with out a doubt America’s dummest President.

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By stmojo, April 11, 2006 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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This is one of the most confounding parts of this sorry affair: why did Colin Powell blow his good reputation and credibility in helping with the con job? How could the career soldier participate in promoting what he knew to be an unjustifiable war, in which lots of people were going to die?
Colin Powell could have been president, instead he allowed himself to be used in this sleazy operation.

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By martha, April 11, 2006 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment
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those that sat back and withheld the truth from the public are as guilty as bush and cheney.  the whole bunch of them should be behind bars.
  by their silence, they are responsible for the slaughter of tens of thousands of iraqis in that obscene ‘shock and awe operation’, and that can never be excused or forgiven.
  the whole bunch are international war criminals and should be dealt with accordingly.

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By Jack Shultz, April 11, 2006 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment
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So now Colin Powell is confessing that he knew that he all along that he was taking part in   aiding and abetting the President in lying the US into the Iraq War, a decision which has now proved to have been disasterous.

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By fedup, April 11, 2006 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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It’s even worse ..... the NIE, Uranium were not the only things they lied about. Page One WP tomorrow.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/11/AR2006041101888.html

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By humidhaney, April 11, 2006 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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It is always the same thing. The secrets come out late. People get backbones down the line.  Why can’t they stand up and speak out when it is crucial?

So sad.

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By Gary Olister, April 11, 2006 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment
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Hasn’t Colin Powell failed the public that came to trust him by not telling us the soup was hot? It’s a sad ending to a fine career, but when we needed him most, he failed us. The death of over 2,300 American soldiers and thousands of Iraqis could of been avoided if men in position of power would of stepped up to the plate and told America the truth. Simply tell the truth. But even brave soldiers can be cowered by draft dodging idealists as we have all come to underestand.

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By JP, April 11, 2006 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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Great post and great analysis!

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