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Silent Powell's no hero on Iraq


Silent Powell's no hero on Iraq
From New York Daily News
Denis HamillFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell presents the case that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in 2003.Photo Credit CNN

You know who has been anything but a hero in the lost war in Iraq?
Colin Powell.

After watching the excellent CNN Presents documentary "Dead Wrong" with David Ensor a few weeks back - it's about the President's commission on the intelligence failures leading up to the Iraqi war - it turns out it wasn't failure at all.

Instead, the case for invasion was a roaring success of warmongering spin, lies, cherrypicking and deception.

The chicken hawk neo cons of the Bush administration, who were salivating for war, drooling to send anybody's kids but their own to fight and die, needed a patsy to sell the case for war in Iraq to the world.

They needed someone beyond reproach. They needed a man with military and street cred. So they went to the only man with combat experience in the upper echelon of the Bush administration, the son of a Jamaican immigrant from Fox St. in the South Bronx, a guy who was educated in the rough-and-tumble public schools of New York City where 9/11 had happened, who graduated with a B.A. in geology from CCNY.

They went to Colin Powell.

They sent another New Yorker, George Tenet from Queens, to Powell with his casebook, called the National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE.

Powell was skeptical. Even George Bush didn't think you could sell the NIE to Joe Public.

"It was anything but an intelligence document," Col. Larry Wilkerson, then Powell's chief of staff, told CNN. "It was, as some people characterized it later, some kind of Chinese menu from which you could pick and choose."

So Powell sat down with Tenet and the administration hawks and went over the NIE point by point for weeks. Finally, when he was assured everything in it was accurate, he insisted that George (Slam Dunk) Tenet sit directly behind him on camera as he delivered his case for war to the UN on Feb. 5, 2003.

And, man oh man, was this Bronx boy ever used as the chump of the new century.

Powell sat at the table, with Tenet from Queens right behind him, face like RICO indictment, and told one falsehood after another about Iraq's nuclear-capable aluminum tubes, mobile chemical plants, all kinds of biological warfare storage plants and possible nuclear stockpiles in Iraq.

He showed charts, spy satellite photos and surveillance tapes. It was like a double feature at the Nagasaki Bijou.

And all baloney. Worse, not even Boar's Head.

But that day, Powell made the difference in the minds of a lot of fence-sitters, like my brother Tommy, who marched under Powell when he was the ROTC Brigade Commander at CCNY in 1955.

"He was the big cheese in ROTC," Tommy said in this space last year. "I was from Brooklyn. He was from the Bronx. We all looked up to him in parades and formations at Lewisohn Stadium, and he was just a guy people admired.

"So when he gave the speech about the dangers of WMD in the hands of this tyrant Saddam Hussein, I believed him. I thought it was a justifiable war.

"Now I feel like I've been lied to. I think they used Powell. I think the CIA and George Tenet gave the President and his advisers soft intelligence filled with subjunctive sentences. And then sent Powell out to deliver the declarative sentences about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction."

Powell spun his case like a snake-oil salesman and left the world in shock and awe. Many believe that Powell only half believed it himself. And if that is the case, the blood of those 1,800 soldiers who have died so far in Iraq, and the human suffering of the 15,000 others who have been maimed and wounded, is on his hands, never to be washed off. He must wear that legacy with the medals on his chest, like a neon sign that says, "I'M THE PATSY WHO SOLD BUSH'S WAR IN IRAQ TO THE WORLD."

David Kaye, our chief weapons inspector, admits, "We were all wrong."

Powell's main guy, Wilkerson, said of Powell's presentation to the UN, "I look back at it and still say it's the lowest point of my life. I wish I had not been involved with it."

Former Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin also admits the case for war was flawed.

But now that the war has been lost, and Iraq is an official Islamic state, I scan the papers and airwaves every day looking for Powell screaming from a rooftop, declaring that this war was started on lies. Demanding that a withdrawal date be announced. Imploring Bush to stop the killing and the dying.

Nothing.

Tenet from Queens is under a rock. And Powell from Fox St. says nothing.

Now you never want to call a man of Powell's distinction a coward, but these days he sure isn't acting like a hero.

Originally published on September 4, 2005

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... then what's 9/11 ?

That's what Rice said about the tsunami.

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DOES THIS EVIDENCE, PRESENTED TO YOU, MEET THE LEGAL BURDEN (IN ANY EVEIDENTURY HEARING) OF A SUBSTANTIAL PRELIMINARY SHOWING, THAT POSSIBLE QUESTIONABLE CONDUCT, HAS OCCURED, BY CERTAIN MEMBERS WITHIN THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION, WARRANTING A REOPENNING OF THE CASE, AND A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SUBSEQUENTLY BE CONDUCTED.
DOES THE EVIDENCE, PRESENTED BY THESE INDIVIDUAL'S, DEMONSTRATE SUFFICIENT PROBABLE CAUSE, TO WARRANT ANOTHER INVESTIGATION, BY CONGRESS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, NOT BY ANY PERSON'S DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE FIRST GOVERNMENT 911 COMMISSION.
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I hope this will be helpfull to you.**HUMPHREY**

It takes true courage to admit you were wrong. Apparently neither George Bush nor Colin Powell believes they are capable of error. If your Commander-In-Chief is a coward should you allow him to send you into a battle based on lies while he hides safely at home?

Is the U.S. headed for dictatorship led by those who believe they are infallible? Or is it already a defacto dictarship disquised behind two sham political parties controlled by corporate interests?

Anyone who values democracy should support Ralph Nadar's call to form a third political party ( http://www.votenader.org/ ) free of corporate influence. Yes, it can be done! Join the third party and take back democracy!

The PNAC

We want Bush & Cheney to resign now!
We want Bush & Cheney to resign now!
We want Bush & Cheney to resign now!

It takes true courage to admit you were wrong. Apparently neither George Bush nor Colin Powell believes they are capable of error. If your Commander-In-Chief is a coward should you allow him to send you into a battle based on lies while he hides safely at home?

Is the U.S. headed for dictatorship led by those who believe they are infallible? Or is it already a defacto dictarship disquised behind two sham political parties controlled by corporate interests?

Anyone who values democracy should support Ralph Nadar's call to form a third political party ( http://www.nader.org/ ) free of corporate influence. Yes, it can be done! Join the third party and take back democracy!

With Dianne Sawyer sometime this week

Too bad it is being conducted by Diane Sawyer. She is a shadow of her former self, which was never willing to take much risk even in her younger days.
God help this country.

Where Powell failed a Mom is leading the way...in a floppy hat, T-shirt and shorts... and she has never been in a battle. The Jersey Girls are heros demanding the obvious an investigation of 911...even though it was a cover up. Sibel Edmonds is a hero for whistleblowers. Ann Wright is a hero using her skills in co-ordination...We have a lot of heros right now...they just don't wear blue suits, red ties and a white shirt with a flag in their lapel.

Colin Powell will be on ABC this friday night. Hopefully we'll get more answers about him there.

<"Hopefully we'll get more answers about him there.">

Uh....let me see.....ABC=Corporation=Conglomerate=NeoCon=PNAC=Bush...
Answer: Don't hold your breath for Powell to do nothing but CYA! He has allowed himself to be co-opted by BushCo/PNAC and has blood on his hands like the rest of those bastages! Go to DemocracyNow, Link TV, Free Speech TV, BBC, anything but corporate funded "news" to get anything smelling of real truth!!! Powell, at best, sold out! Screw him.

Like the U.S. Constitution I hope the PATRIOT Act contains a section that allows the people to protect themselves and take action from this Terrorist Administration.

Okay, I'm being facetious.

But this Destructive Administration does not know how to save lives they know and practice the destruction of life.

In lieu of outright revolution I believe our best hopes to remove these Criminals from our White House is to progress the process of H.Res. 375 introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-9). H.Res 375 requires the Criminals of this Administration to supply communications between the U.S. and U.K. governments on INTELLIGENCE planning leading up to the war/occupation of Iraq.

People, brothers and sisters, if you have not already done so, contact your legislators and demand that they support Ms. Lee in her request to get to the root of the lies that were forced fed to Congress and We the People.

Our Country, We the People, the World cannot continue with the leadership abuses
used by the Criminals in this Administration and OUR WHITE HOUSE.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW!

Gregory S. Robles

Colin Powell is speaking this Friday. Let's give him a chance. If he
was scammed, and I personally believe he was, it is one of the hardest things for a human being to admit in public. Because in order to admit you've been had, you have to admit that you were brainwashed. Brainwashed people are not bad people, they are people who were tricked by bad people. Sometimes people think that when they were brainwashed that means they are stupid>>> that is not true, however. Anyone can be scammed, anyone. Just ask everyone who has gone to a circus.

http://www.ex-cult.org/

Oh, poor little Collin, he was taken advantage of and scammed by the big bad neocons. Give me a break, we are not talking about a child here, Powell was a four star general and secretary of state, the truth is he just plain sold out, I am sure he calculated it as the best career move. His career was more important than the truth and the lives of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, most of them weomen and children. You can burn in hell Powell, with all your neocon buddies.

I'll hold my judgement till after Friday, if he's forthcoming. He might have a gag order, who knows? (He'll let us know.) There's voters that still think that Bush is pro-life and a Christian, so I know being scammed is still within the realm of several scenarios. Let's see what the man says (or doesn't say) Friday.

Yank, if that report from early August is true, maybe Powell has already redeemed himself with his testimony before Fitzgerald and the Grand jury in Chicago. He may yet regain heroic status IF those reported indictments materialize.

Even Powell knows when to jump ship! Remeber the Officer who covered-up the My Lai Massacre? That's right, Colin Powell!

Is it possible he knew Lt Calley was being made a scapegoat ? Got any past links on the Powell connection because I don't know where he fit into My Lai massacre> I just remember Calley .

CALLY TESTIFED THAT MEDENIA ORDER HIM TO DO THAT. THE PLT RTO TESTIFIED TO THAT BUT MEDENIA DENIED THAT AND WAS AQUITTED OF ANY CONNECTION TO THE KILLINGS. **HUMPHREY**

... it's gonna make the Watergate break-in and cover-up look like what Nixon called it: a third-rate burglary.

The only ray of hope I can see, at least between now and 2006, is the ongoing investigation into l'affaire Plame. And even that's far from a sure thing in terms of getting to the bottom of the major issues and to the top of the chain of command.

It worries me too that, with all the focus currently on Bush, Uncle Dick is left relatively free to pursue his evil plotting with Rummy and the AIPAC/PNAC gang.

For me Powell is a fascinating insight into how an "Adolf Hitler" rises to power.

Let us assume for a moment that Powell was a good man, in his heart, he was the good man that so many say he was.

Now let us re-insert him back into the circumstances of Captain Cuckoobananas and his band of pirates at the zenith of their power immediately after 9/11.

Because here we have the interesting bit...

Many are too dulled, by the incessant propaganda that is the TV set, to see the evil they are dealing with.

But Powell knew, like many who lived through Nazi Germany and all the other hideous regimes of history (including present day Israel), he knew EXACTLY what the neocons were all about..

The choice he made was simple.

Will they be the winners? Will my stand for truth be swept aside and my career crushed?

He thought yes.

It is that simple.

He weighed the likely outcomes and decided the bad guys would win.

Instead of doing the right thing and (in his mind) sacrificing himself he sold out so he could be a 'success'.

His 'mistake' was that he thought they would get away with it...

No excuses for this bastard will work.

We all saw him for what he is.

Fuck him.

And fuck the neocon scum that is pulling his strings.

Rise up America, and show no mercy, for it is what they planned for YOU.

as I understand it is a black person who is too deferential to white people (read: men).

I do think Colin Powell (was) a good man. He is probably the most tragic character in this whole tragedy. But he made his choice. I hope his conscience drives him to insanity with the only hope for peace being to confess all.
This may be our only hope.

I have never read the book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, so I looked up a definition of the phrase Uncle Tom; the short meaning of this term is someone who is trying to be someone or something that he is not. What an apt desrciption of Collin Uncle Tom Powell, who is trying to pass himself off as a man of integrity, honesty and moral character, all those things which he is not. That is why his speech at the UN was so effective, in the minds of most people he had carefuly cultivated a personna of integrity, honesty and moral character, now we know the truth. Uncle Tom Powell sold his soul a long time ago, it just took time for the moral rot to show through, I guess that black skin is not as transparent as white skin.

Now we know how a nigger from the Bronx gets to be a four star general.

would have been quite effective without the obvious and unnecessary racism.

would have been quite effective without the obvious and unnecessary racism.

There is scientific, mathematical, laws of nature and laws of physics proof that the WTC1, 2 and 7 were brought down by CONTROLLED DEMOLITION. An inside job conducted by the Bush administration. Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft need to be brought up on charges of treason, mass murder, war crimes and more. It is time for a revolution.

BobbyB

Plus: SOP/Military Standown, Operatin Vigilant Gaurdian, eye-witness testimony, the PNAC - New Pearl Harbor, physical evidence, video and photographic evidence, common sense, and on and on.

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The following is from his latest visit to Alex Jones' radio show.
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I used to admire Powell so much. No longer. He ALLOWED himself to be used, then they made sure he got out of town...Until he has the courage to tell the truth, he has to live with his actions.

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