Friday, September 09, 2005

Powell feels pain at misinforming UN

Former US secretary of state Colin Powell says his United Nations speech making the case for the US-led war on Iraq was "a blot" on his record.
Mr Powell has also said that he had "never seen evidence to suggest" a connection between the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States and the Saddam regime.
In the February 2003 presentation to the UN Security Council, Mr Powell forcefully made the case for war on the regime of Saddam Hussein, offering "proof" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The presentation included satellite photos of trucks that Mr Powell identified as mobile bioweapons laboratories.
After the invasion, US weapons inspectors reported finding no Iraqi nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.
In an interview with American ABC TV news to be broadcast on Friday (US time), Mr Powell said "it's a blot" on his record.
"I'm the one who presented it on behalf of the United States to the world, and (it) will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It's painful now," he said.
Mr Powell spent five days at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters ahead of the speech studying intelligence reports, many of which turned out to be false.
He said he felt "terrible" at being misinformed.


Blogger DJEB said...

"Blot," like when he tried to cover up the My Lai massacre.

At any rate, those of us who bothered to look into his claims knew before the war started that they were utter bullshit.

We have reports that upon seeing an early version of the presentation Powell was to give to the UN, he said, "I'm not reading that bullshit!"

September 09, 2005 3:08 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

I remember reading the same quote myself , i feel that in the interview , powell is still trying to be tactful

It seems like he is trying to please his morals and his ex masters all in one

as they say it will never work

September 09, 2005 3:15 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

Djeb ,

I have just had time to come back and look at your link in detail

Thankyou , I have read all of the counter claims before but in many different locations , to see them all in one place is a relief to my humble efforts of research and can and will save me much time in the future

so thankyou again

September 09, 2005 5:44 am  

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