Op-ed: Colin Powell was a major force in starting the war in Iraq in 2003 with lies about Saddam Hussein’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It cost the lives of 4,424 Americans and many more Iraqis. There were no WMDS.
Now Powell is telling the nation he did not urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use private email.
He claims Clinton is trying to “pin” the blame on him for the email trouble she faces.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who preceded Powell, says she “explicitly remembers overhearing Powell advising Clinton that utilizing private email does make the job of Secretary of State easier.” She heard the conversation at a dinner party of secretaries of state.
“Clinton claims she also got an email from Powell recommending use of private email.
“The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s post-presidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The New York Times received an advanced copy of.
“Mr. Conason describes a conversation in the early months of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department at a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, at her home in Washington. Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also attended.
“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Mr. Conason writes. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”
Powell has been accused of lying in 2003 when he told the United Nations that Iraq had WMDS.
The Huffington Post explained in detail how Powell lied.
“As much criticism as Powell has gotten for this — he calls it ‘painful’ and says, ‘I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying’ — it hasn’t been close to what he deserves. That’s because there’s no question that Powell was consciously lying: he fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.”
Look at Powell’s record.
“Powell got one of his first big boosts in the military by attempting to whitewash the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He participated in the attempted cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal.”
Whatever Clinton did or did not is tiny compared to what happened in Iraq under Republican leadership. And no one was held responsible.
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