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Did you celebrate Colin Powell Day?

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of Colin Powell’s speech to the United Nations Security Council to push for war with Iraq. Powell’s speech, as we now know, was full of lies. His speech was entitled: Iraq, failing to disarm. He even had a nifty slide show for the attendees. Behind him sat George Tenet, then head of the CIA.

 

No one fact-checked Powell, no one bothered to ask questions. It was accepted as fact by pretty much everyone. Bush had been beating the war drums for quite some time prior to Powell’s speech and the MSM fell right in line. The MSM did their job by selling us the war, and they did it very well:

 

CNN’s Bill Schneider said that “no one” disputed Powell’s findings. Bob Woodward, asked by Larry King on CNN what happens if we go to war and don’t find any WMD, answered: “I think the chance of that happening is about zero. There’s just too much there.” George Will suggested that Powell’s speech would “change all minds open to evidence.”

 

The Washingotn Post’s liberal columnist, Mary McGrory, wrote that Powell “persuaded me, and I was as tough as France to convince.” She even likened the Powell report to the day John Dean “unloaded” on Nixon in the Watergate hearings. Another liberal at that paper, Richard Cohen, declared that Powell’s testimony “had to prove to anyone that Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool—or possibly a Frenchman— could conclude otherwise.”

 

For the skeptical, Powell’s speech was the turning point. It was a slam dunk and BushCo was quite happy with the fact that even moderate and liberal pundits fell right in line after hearing Powell’s speech at the UN. The week prior to Powell’s speech, more than two-thirds of the nation’s leading editorial pages, E&P had found, called for the release of more detailed evidence and increased diplomatic maneuvering. After the 80-minute speech, there were no more doubting Thomas’s. Powell’s speech filled with lies changed our lives and those of all Iraqi’s forever.

 

Powell now calls his infamous speech a ‘blot on his record’. “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,”. How fucking quaint.

 

Ray McGovern, who was no longer employed by the CIA at the time of Powell’s speech tried to warn Bush and Powell about the inaccuracies in the speech. The day before Powell gave it, McGovern other former CIA intelligence officers, part of a group who called themselves VIPS, dissected Powell’s speech and found it lacking in truth and evidence. The afternoon of Powell’s speech they sent Bush a memo which outlined the problems associated with the so-called facts of Powell’s address to the UN. A small blurb from that prophetic memo:

 

“But after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced you would be well served if you widened the discussion beyond violations of Resolution 1441, and beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic .”

 

Catastrophic indeed! Powell’s speech was a major part of the 935 lies told by Bush and his minions to draw us into the war in Iraq. Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda., Colin Powell made 244 false statements about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al Qaeda.. A blot on his record? Hell, the speech will define Colin Powell throughout history I think..at least I hope it will. As for the study, it also takes the MSM to task for buying into all the bullshit and bravado without questioning any of it:

 

“Some journalists — indeed, even some entire news organization s — have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical,” the report reads. “These mea culpas notwithstand ing, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, ‘independent ’ validation of the Bush administrati on’s false statements about Iraq.”

 

American’s believed what the media told them. The media believed what Bush and Powell told them about Saddam, the WMD’s and the liaison between Hussein and Al-Qaeda. They bought it all hook, line and sinker and then it was sold to American’s as the truth and nothing but the truth.

 

With hindsight being 20-20, it was anything but the truth.

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14 Responses to “Did you celebrate Colin Powell Day?”

  1. “Naturally  , the common people don’t want war … but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship  , or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship .

    Voice, or no Voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country” - Goebels

  2. This is certainly a holiday worth celebrating.   Every year on this date we could honor Colin (and Dumbya and the rest of the gang) by invading another country. Who’s on our shitlist — Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Venezuela, Ecuador…

    So many countries, so little time.

  3. tom,
    add you and me. Well, me at least, but they better hurry. Are you there FISA?

  4. Vote McCain!!!

  5. McCain can rot in hell before I would consider that idiot. ;)

    Hey..my comment I put up is gone..wtf?

    Anyway..I said to Rube..I thought the phrase you used came from BushCo..sill y me ;)

    Tom..Oh hell yeah..good idea! I am sure Hillary will go for it. :)

  6. Ah c’mon Dusty… you and me are friends and shit!!! :)

  7. I thought you were voting for one of the other Reichwingers steve ;)

    Isn’t McCain a little too left for your tastes?

  8. “American’ s believed what the media told them. The media believed what Bush and Powell told them about Saddam, the WMD’s and the liaison between Hussein and Al-Qaeda. They bought it all hook, line and sinker and then it was sold to American’s as the truth and nothing but the truth.”

    And the Bush administrati on believed what the Clinton administrati on told them about Iraq and WMD hook line and sinker. Do we have to post the comments from Clinton and CO in 98 again to make this point?
    Where do you think the “Iraq has WMD and will use them on use” line started? It is pretty sad when the incoming administrati on gets lied to by the outgoing administrati on about something as important as this. Don’t you think? Maybe if Clinton staffers had not spent so much time taking the W’s off of the white house keyboards they could have been doing their job.
    If it weren’t for the Clinton administrati ons false intel about Iraq and WMD, perhaps we would not be at war in Iraq. Who knows how it would have played out, but you have to admit that the WMD aspect was a key ingredient, and it came from Clinton and Co.

  9. Right manapp..get a grip..you can not always link every bit of BushCo bullshit back to Clinton..no matter how hard you try. Yes, there were WMD’s Saddam admitted it, but they were destroyed when the FIRST inspectors went into Iraq..during the Clinton Administrati on I believe.

  10. No you can’t link everything back to Clinton and Co but you sure as hell can link the intel on WMD in Iraq back to them. A blast from the past:

    “The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998

    This is the info that Clinton passed on to Bush. I suppose Bush should not have been so trusting especially knowing Bill’s past and his propensity towards lying. But who would have thought Bill would have lied about something so important?

  11. As far as the destruction of WMD Hans Blix had this to say in Sept 03, after the invasion was launched:

    “Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix now believes Iraq destroyed its weapons of mass destruction 10 years ago and that intelligence agencies were wrong in their weapons assessment that led to war.

    In an interview with Australian radio from Sweden, Blix said the search for evidence of biological, chemical or nuclear weapons would probably only uncover documents at best.

    “The more time that has passed, the more I think it’s unlikely that anything will be found,” Blix said in the interview, which was broadcast on Wednesday.

    “I’m certainly more and more to the conclusion that Iraq has, as they maintained, destroyed almost all of what they had in the summer of 1991,” Blix said.”

    Destroyed in 91? That means that the quotes in 98 were either wrong or lies. Either way this exonerates Bush as to his source of intel. It came from the CIA and was gathered under the Clinton administrati on.

  12. That’s 1998 for Christs sake manapp…you actually want us to believe BushCo never did his own homework? Please..that is laughable.

  13. Have you seen anything that shows intel that changed its tune from 98 to 03? No, you haven’t because the same CIA estimates of WMD in Iraq prevailed. Bush inherited the intel from Clinton in 01. The point here is that the tired argument of Bush having lied about WMD does not stand up to the facts. Anyone willing to look at the facts knows this. It is long past time to hold the left to the truth-o-mete r test.

    Besides, if Blix is correct than the WMD were destroyed in 91, during Bush seniors term. Why did Clinton still say they were possesed in 98. That is 7 years later. Did he not do his homework? Or was he lying to deflect the people from his other problems? Perhaps it was Clinton that lied then had to continue with the lie as he passed the baton to Bush. Hmmmm.

  14. Here at snopes the whole timeline is laid out. Including a quote form Madeline Halfbright in 99. I don’t see how anyone can read this and credibly put forth an argument that somehow Bush had some secret information, obtained between Jan 01 and may 03 that Saddam did NOT posses these WMD and then mislead all these people. Intel that Clinton could not seem to get right in his entire term.
    That would be laughable if so many on the left did not continue to parrot this obvious lie.

    http://www.s nopes.com/po litics/war/w mdquotes.asp

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