Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says he tried to talk President Bush out of the Iraq War:
The former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2 1/2 hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today’s conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.
“I tried to avoid this war,” Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. “I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers.”
Okay, when exactly did he try to avoid this war? Was it before or after he went before the UN and sold the entire nation on this bloodbath? Uh-uh. I ain’t buying it.
Colin Powell and every other Johnny-come-lately now calling for troop reductions in Iraq (yes, that would be the Voinovich-Domenici-Lugar trio) can just STFU. It’s buyer’s remorse for following George W. Bush over a cliff but they have no one to blame but themselves.
I remember a time when Colin Powell was seriously discussed as presidential material. He had authority and credibility and that all important “gravitas” everyone seems to want these days. (BTW, can someone please tell me exactly what “gravitas” is?) Powell closed that door when he obediently showed up at the UN with his vials of anthrax in tow and shoved an immoral and unpopular war down America’s throats. Now he’s regretting that stupid maneuver, but someone needs to tell him that in politics there are no second chances.
(h/t, Huffington Post)