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December 09, 2006

It's Hard To Stop Lying When Your Name Is "Lyin' Colin Powell"

So Colin Powell was in Dubai last week for something called the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum:

[Powell] said that if the US had known at the time there were no weapons of mass destruction 'it would have been a whole different equation' in Iraq.

'If Saddam Hussein had come forward with a full and complete declaration and he had not thrown the UN inspectors out, a war could have been avoided.'

You'd think eight years after the UNSCOM inspectors were withdrawn with the encouragement of the US, this particular lie might be showing signs of age. You also might think Colin Powell would occasionally slip up and tell the truth. But no, the Powell Lie Train keeps rolling along same as always.

Posted at December 9, 2006 08:40 PM | TrackBack

He should entitle his memoirs, "My Lie."

Posted by: Barry Freed at December 9, 2006 10:09 PM

You'd think eight years (too) after impeaching a President for lying about an extra-marital affair, there'd be *somebody* in the House who'd--

Awwh, the hell with it...

Posted by: Mike at December 9, 2006 11:38 PM

Is Powell lying about the first time Saddam kicked the UN weapons inspectors out or the second time in 2003?

Inquiring minds want to know.

But then, Bush said in July 2003 that Saddam never let the UN weapons inspectors back in..... so there, I guess that answers that.

Seriously, how come more Americans (beyond 15% anyway) were not alerted to these lies in early 2003 when the Cheney administration kept saying WMDs were there, but would not tell the UN weapons inspectors where to look? How damn dumb is that?

Posted by: Susan at December 10, 2006 12:11 AM

Star Witness on Iraq Said Weapons Were Destroyed


On February 24, Newsweek broke what may be the biggest story of the Iraq crisis. In a revelation that "raises questions about whether the WMD [weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist," the magazine's issue dated March 3 reported that the Iraqi weapons chief who defected from the regime in 1995 told U.N. inspectors that Iraq had destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and banned missiles, as Iraq claims...

...Inspectors were told "that after the Gulf War, Iraq destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons stocks and the missiles to deliver them,"...The CIA and MI6 were told the same story...

[See Also: "Is Iraq a True Threat to the US?"; (former UN Iraq weapons inspector) Scott Ritter, Boston Globe (July 20, 2002) ]

P.S. (For Susan)

Feb. 20, 2003
Inspectors Call U.S. Tips 'Garbage'

Posted by: Mike at December 10, 2006 12:21 AM

Colin Powell is someone about whom most of us try hard, very hard to find redeeming qualities. He's got to be the good guy who's gone astray. But the more you dig the more you find how delusional your hope has been. Powell's not evil (like Cheney): he is, at the core, a coward.

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at December 10, 2006 12:33 AM

"Team Player" would be my epithet of choice for Colin Powell, Bernard. "Quisling" works too though...

The Problem is: Washington (hell, let's be honest, the world) is lousy with even less impressive 'operatives' who could wear either 'tag' just as well.

Posted by: Mike at December 10, 2006 02:04 AM

You go along to get along--the corporate mantra for "team projects." Ever since the military trained "project managers" (starting in the 1950s), they played the corporate game. At the head of the corporate state--Bush--(mostly failed) businessman, Cheney--businessman, Rumsfeld (until now)--businessman. You think a HS teacher, secretary or mechanic--no matter how smart or how educated--will ever have a seat of power in this country? Well, business is not just the business of America, it is its state of mind and state of morality as well.
Powell, like Haig before him, are "military" in business suits.

Posted by: donescobar at December 10, 2006 10:18 AM

Powell was never "the good guy gone astray." He started writing his record back when he investigated the doings at Mi Lai and came up with My Lie.

Posted by: Jesus B. Ochoa at December 10, 2006 03:37 PM

Good point about My Lai. I had forgotten...

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at December 10, 2006 08:02 PM

Wow, does he really think we forgot so soon?

The Washington Post

March 18, 2003 Tuesday
Final Edition


LENGTH: 1927 words

HEADLINE: President Tells Hussein to Leave Iraq Within 48 Hours or Face Invasion;
Ultimatum Is Delivered After U.N. Effort Fails

BYLINE: Dana Milbank and Mike Allen, Washington Post Staff Writers


President Bush vowed last night to attack Iraq with the "full force and might" of the U.S. military if Saddam Hussein does not flee within 48 hours, setting the nation on an almost certain course to war and denouncing countries that refuse to support him.

Bush delivered the ultimatum hours after his administration earlier in the day admitted failure in its months-long effort to win the blessing of the U.N. Security Council to disarm the Iraqi leader by force. The United Nations ordered its inspectors and humanitarian personnel out of Iraq, and Bush urged foreign nationals to leave the country immediately.

"The tyrant will soon be gone; the day of your liberation is near," Bush said in remarks intended to be translated for broadcast to Iraqis. Promising to rebuild an Iraq without oppression, he urged Iraqis to lay down their arms.

Posted by: David Eisner at December 12, 2006 03:30 PM

hey, the reason Powell was in the position that he found himself was not based upon personal intelligence, but upon his goofiness to follow the leader. Look at how Rumi hired the military kooks that backed his agenda for a powered down invasion that would use only 130k instead of 400k.

The head corp thinkers could not afford a peaceful Iraq until Iran was subjugated. Thus, they needed to create and maintain the current Iraqi conditions until Iran's oil reserves were stolen. It's kinda like a modified concentration camp, only the US isn't responsible for security, food, water, energy, etc. Do you see? None of the above is rocket science, but you have to use the brain, among other things.

Colin is an idiot, but I suspect that he is beginning to suspect that he's been duped, and played the fool, like so many others.

No, the big winners, beside the corporate oil companies, are the Israelis. These gangsters are good: they get the US to do everything for them, and then the US thanks them! And they've been playing this game since they killed off several US sailors on the US Liberty in 1967; Johnson, traitor Johnson, set the tone of Israeli compliance way back then.

Powell is a cameo player; if he ever learns truth, I wonder how he'll take it.

One more thing: Carter appears to have a handle on the Israelis. I guess I always kinda liked Carter, with the exception of the Timor caper, as he reminds me, until recently, of a down syndrome kid.

Posted by: scout at December 12, 2006 06:16 PM