Colin Powell: Iraq war never debated

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Colin Powell (file)
Colin Powell (file)
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By the time then Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his now, to use his word, “infamous” 2003 speech at the United Nations about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Powell says war with Iraq was inevitable. That assertion is being made by former Secretary Powell in his new book, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership,” to be released on May 22.

The Huffington Post quotes Powell’s book in which Powell writes: “By then, the President did not think war could be avoided. He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met — and never would meet — to discuss the decision.”

The Huffington Post’s report continues: 

Bush insisted in his own 2010 memoir, “Decision Points,” that the invasion was something he came to support only reluctantly and after a long period of reflection. During his book tour, he even cast himself as “a dissenting voice” in the run-up to war. “I didn’t wanna use force,” he said.

But Powell supports the increasingly well-documented conclusion that there was actually no decision-making point — or decision-making process — during the events between the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with those attacks.

Former Secretary Powell’s remarks echo the sentiments made in 2007 by former CIA chief George Tenet who said President Bush was quick to make up his mind that the United States would go to war in Iraq.

Powell’s new book, however, certainly seems to go further than these remarks Secretary Powell made to Tim Russert on Meet the Press in 2007.

Colin Powell and George W. Bush

Colin Powell: Iraq war never debated

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