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  •  Powell OPPOSED the war inside the Bush admin. (6+ / 0-)

    Do you seriously think that Colin Powell is "the man principally responsible for the Iraq war?"  Do you REALLY, HONESTLY believe that?  If so, I've got news for you:  There were a LOT of people inside and outside of the Bush administration who were a lot more responsible for this war than Colin Powell.

    I won't say what my source is, but I have it on very good authority from those who would be in a position to know that Colin Powell opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, and was one of the few voices in this administration, once the decision had been made to invade Iraq, who attempted to do the occupation RIGHT, so as to maximize the chances for success of a policy with which he had disagreed from the beginning.  In that, as in his opposition to the war itself, he was rebuffed by those who have never experienced the personal losses of war, and who had little understanding of the complexity of the world.

    As for the UN speech, everything I have read indicates that Colin Powell believed the CIA and other intelligence agency analyses that he cited in his UN speech.  And multiple sources confirm that he refused to make numerous arguments that were urged upon him by Cheney and his cabal.  And even AFTER his UN speech, my understanding is that he was opposing the decision to actually go to war against Iraq.

    I know that there are those who say that Powell should have undertaken a noisy, public resignation of his position in order to oppose the war, and maybe they are correct.  But that's not who the man is, and I heard no less than Daniel Ellsburg say on NPR that although he disagreed with their refusla to go public, he understood how people like Colin Powell could easily come to the conclusion that they COULDN'T resign, since they were the only voices for sanity inside the administration.


    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security." -Ben Franklin

    by leevank on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 07:15:48 PM PDT

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      inclusiveheart, MO Blue

      Do you seriously think that Colin Powell is "the man principally responsible for the Iraq war?"  Do you REALLY, HONESTLY believe that?

      Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc were all insane neocons. Powell could have resigned and taken the story to the American people. He didn't.

      He had a choice to put his credibility on the line in that UN presentation. He failed there too.

      He had choices every step of the way.

    •  He just contradicted you on MTP (0+ / 0-)

      He said that he was categorically NOT opposed to the War, and was ready to serve when the President asked him to. Anyone can fake sincerety. It's actions that count. He had the chance to stop this bloodbath, and when he failed, he had the chance to at least expose it.

      The only theory remaining is that he's really been against the war this whole time but says the opposite publically.

      So which is it? Warmonger or Liar?

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