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Powell's Chief of Staff: the "lowest point in my life"

August 19, 2005 4:36 PM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff called Powell's Feb. '03 speech to the United Nations making the case for the Iraq war the "lowest point in my life"


(Powell) came through the door ... and he had in his hands a sheaf of papers, and he said, 'This is what I've got to present at the United Nations according to the White House, and you need to look at it. It was anything but an intelligence document. It was, as some people characterized it later, sort of a Chinese menu from which you could pick and choose.

A film I researched in the months after the Iraq war started, Uncovered: The War on Iraq, features former weapons inspectors and former intelligence analysts ripping apart Powell's infamous speech.

This is Colin Powell's legacy -- the man who never realized when to stop being a soldier.

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Tom from Madison:

We've arrived at a point in American history where blind loyalty [the kind REQUIRED by W] is killing democracy. It is absurdly illogical to question someone's loyalty to this country because they don't support the president, yet it happens over and over again.

Professional pundits like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh have made millions cultivating this kind of reactionary anti-intellectualism. Interestingly, these guys managed to avoid the only war they could have participated in: Viet Nam.

Fortunately, it appears Americans are finally wise to the faux populism Bush has been spreading. Most people aren't better off economically, don't feel safer, and have a dimmer future to look forward to thanks to Republican policies. Polls indicate a theres a MANDATE FOR A CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT.

Sun Aug 21 2005 5:23 PM


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