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2005.12.19

Maybe there's Hope for Colin Powell after all

White House 'never told' of WMD doubts

THE US administration was never told of doubts about the secret intelligence used to justify war with Iraq, former secretary of state Colin Powell told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday night.

Mr Powell, who argued the case for military action against Saddam Hussein in the UN in 2003, told BBC News 24 television he was "deeply disappointed in what the intelligence community had presented to me and to the rest of us."

"What really upset me more than anything else was that there were people in the intelligence community that had doubts about some of this sourcing, but those doubts never surfaced to us," he said.

[...]

[Powell also] told the BBC that "essentially just to walk away, to say that we're taking all of our troops out as fast as we can, would be a tragic mistake". A US presence would be required in Iraq for "years", he added.

"We've invested a great deal in this country, and the Iraqi people deserve democracy and the freedom that they were promised when we got rid of Saddam Hussein and we have to stay with them... until they decide that they can get it now on their own, they don't need us any longer," he added.

[Read the whole thing here.]


Hat tip, Ed Morrissey, who observes:


... This, of course, brings up the question as to whether those doubts actually existed at the time -- or more accurately, whether any evidence had developed counter to the existing intelligence before the invasion at all. ...


From al-Reuters, of all places:


Rendition is not new: Powell

LONDON (Reuters) - Rendition, the controversial practice of moving terrorism suspects from one country to another, is not new and European governments should not be surprised by it, Colin Powell said on Saturday.

The former U.S. Secretary of State was speaking to the BBC after his successor, Condoleezza Rice was forced to defend the practice during a recent trip to Europe.

Read on.


Hat tip: Dafydd ab Hugh. Don't miss his Guess Who's Coming to Dinner post.

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Don't miss James Joyner's post on the matter here.

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I had more respect for Gen. Powell before he became Sec. of State. I DON'T CARE WHAT OTHERS THINK WHEN IT COMES TO AMERICA'S SECURITY! Why should I? They aren't doing sh*t to help, so the hell with them. Have they ever thought or care about THEIR image over here??? If I remember correctly (and I do), France started crying because they lost BUCKOO BUCKS because we, as a country, boycotted their products. It was not government mandated. It was a citizen protest. And a damn good one at that! Hi there! How are you? Well, I pray. They get under my skin for a minute, but then I remember that is the reason we LEFT freakin' Europe, and I start laughing my butt off! LOL. Have a great day.

Posted by: Rosemary | Dec 19, 2005 12:00:55 PM

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