NOTES: My comments are in CAPS.
Barbara Walters (20/20) interviews Mr. Powell, tonight
Powell calls pre-Iraq U.N. speech a 'blot' on his record
WASHINGTON (AP) � Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday his prewar speech to the United Nations accusing Iraq of harboring weapons of mass destruction was a "blot" on his record. (IT TOOK HIM QUITE A WHILE TO OFFER THIS! WILL BAH-BAH WAH-WAH ASK HIM WHY IT TOOK HIM SO LONG TO ADMIT THIS?)
Ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was a "reluctant warrior" even when illustrating Iraq's threat to the U.N. (THUS, AS I HAVE STATED, HE WAS A "GOOD" SOLDIER, BUT A POOR PATRIOT!)
"I'm the one who presented it to the world, and (it) will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It is painful now," Powell said in an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC-News. (Related story: The story of WMDs that weren't) (JUST HOW PAINFUL WAS IT?)
The presentation by the soldier-diplomat to the world body in February 2003 lent considerable credibility to President Bush's case against Iraq and for going to war to remove President Saddam Hussein. (HOW BADLY DOES HE FEEL?)
In the speech, Powell said he had relied on information he received at Central Intelligence Agency briefings. He said Thursday that then-director George Tenet "believed what he was giving to me was accurate." (THAT'S LIKE THE CPA TESTIFYING BEFORE CONGRESS REGARDING WORLDCOM: "The CFO said the $4 billion adjustment was because those charges were capital items" - VERIFY!)
But, Powell said, "the intelligence system did not work well." (THE INTELLIGENCE WAS FINE - THE QUESTIONS WERE PATHETIC, BECAUSE THE "INTELLIGENCE" PRESENTED HAD FIT THE NEEDS)
"There were some people in the intelligence community who knew at the time that some of those sources were not good, and shouldn't be relied upon, and they didn't speak up," Powell said. (THEY SHOULD BE FIRED!)
"That devastated me," he said. (JUST HOW DEVASTATED??)
Powell in the TV interview also disputed the Bush administration's linking of Saddam's regime with terrorists. (WHY DIDN'T HE GO "PUBLIC AT THE TIME? - POOR PATRIOT, GOOD "SOLDIER", IMMORAL?)
He said he had never seen a connection between Baghdad and the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. "I can't think otherwise, because I'd never seen evidence to suggest there was one," he said. (MORE REASON THAT HE SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP AS A PATRIOT AND AS A HUMAN BEING WITH GOOD CHARACTER, AND QUIT WITH HIS RATIONALE EXPOSING THE ADMINISTRATION�S LIES!)
Still, Powell said that while he has always been a "reluctant warrior" he supported Bush on going to war the month after his U.N. speech. "When the president decided that it was not tolerable for this regime to remain in violation of all those U.N. resolutions I am right there with him with the use of force," Powell said. (AFTER ALL HIS ADMISSIONS, THIS IS LAME AND DORKY!! IT IS ALSO INCREDULOUS TO THINK THAT A GENERAL WHO KNOWS THE PAINS OF WAR WOULD NOT SEEK A POLITCAL SOLUTION RATHER OVER BELIGERENCE)
THERE IS NOTHING MR. POWELL CAN DO TO ERADICATE, OR EVEN MITIGATE, HIS HORRENDOUSLY UNPATRIOTIC AND IMMORAL ACTS.
Well...yes Duck (although you may attribute more complexity to mikie than exists).
No one is perfect--although some are within spitting distance of perfection.
Don't think there is danger of spittle from mikie.
Sniffle! Woodie, your salutation is so-o-o-o touching, I can hardly see the keys (snif!).
Flooding memories just overwhelm the senses.
Pardon, must get another kleenex to dry my eyes--
[So I can continue to pick my way through the libs here in super-masochist valhalla, or would that be boogerville(?)]
QWAK,mikiesmoky,I notice YOU have NOTHING to say AGEN about GOLD and SILVER being the ONLY LEGAL US MONEY, just some more BULL
Want to EXPLAIN how I am a LIER ---- AGEN? HUMmmmmmm???
The DUCK don't LIE or BULL