Sunday, August 21, 2005

Colin Powell's Folly

CNN is reporting that a former "top aide" to Colin Powell is characterizing his involvement in the infamous UN presentation on WMD as "the lowest point" in his life. CNN is apparently promoting a program on the intelligence failures concerning WMD in Iraq.

The most startling quote from the article:

"(Powell) came through the door ... and he had in his hands a sheaf of papers, and he said, 'This is what I've got to present at the United Nations according to the White House, and you need to look at it,'" Wilkerson says in the program. "It was anything but an intelligence document. It was, as some people characterized it later, sort of a Chinese menu from which you could pick and choose."

The truly disheartening thing about this, if it is a true account, is the way it portrays Powell as easily duped or misled. And to think that there was a great Draft Powell for President movement not so long ago.



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