Colin Powell gets mad at me

Jon Schwarz writes: In his new book, It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell writes this about his 2003 presentation at the United Nations about Iraq’s supposed WMD: “I get mad when bl*ggers accuse me of lying – of knowing the information was false. I didn’t.”

Well, I’m a blugger, and I accuse Colin Powell of lying. The evidence is overwhelming that he knew much of what he said in front of the Security Council was false.

This may not seem plausible to people who know Powell only via the media image he’s carefully constructed over decades – that of being Washington’s last honorable man. As journalist Margaret Carlson said in 2003, “Whatever Colin does, I’ll go with.”

But in fact Powell’s image has about as much to do with reality as what he told the UN. Though his entire career Powell has eagerly bent the truth to please his superiors. He started his climb up the Army ladder by covering up the massacre of civilians by U.S. troops in Vietnam, even serving as a character witness for a general who apparently shot Vietnamese from helicopters for fun. During the 1980s, when Powell was assistant to then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, he also helped cover up the Iran-contra scandal, and almost certainly deceived congressional investigators. (If there were a Museum of Washington’s Funniest Lies, it would have its own wing for Powell’s statement that, “To my recollection, I don’t have a recollection.”)

So everyone’s default assumption should have been that Powell would lie to Americans and the world at the UN. And – as anyone can see just by looking at what’s in the public record – he did. Below is a look line by line through Powell’s presentation to demonstrate the chasm between what he knew and what he said. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “Colin Powell gets mad at me

  1. BillVZ

    “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.” Colin Powell

    “I would find all of this evidence very convincing if it came from someone who wasn’t a blogger. Posted by: Portmanteur May 10”

    This is the type of BS response that exposes the originality of thought with so many opinion responders.

    Thanks to War in Context for offering Jon Swartz’s article. Since Powell, Bush, Cheney and none of the military generals who all had a hand in the Iraq disaster will never be held accountable for the destruction of the Iraq nation and its people; the only recourse is to bring to light the lies and misinformation these folks bring through their book publications, speaking engagements and post officialdom life styles and employment opportunities. Swartz also thankfully brings to light the background and opportunities manipulated for Powell’s rise to military ‘stardom’.
    I am still in awe at the arrogance and dishonesty of this man’s performance to the UN and the world wide public.

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