Former Secretary of State and General Colin Powell has written a book, covering his years in the Bush Administration and is to come later this month.
What he says is damning to former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their administration.
I'll cut to the article I saw today:
Colin Powell's New Book: War With Iraq Never Debated
WASHINGTON -- In his new book, former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides what may be the most authoritative confirmation yet that there was never a considered debate in the George W. Bush White House about whether going to war in Iraq was really a good idea.
In a chapter discussing what he calls his “infamous” February 2003 speech to the United Nations where he authoritatively presented what was later exposed as gross misinformation about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell notes that by that time, war “was approaching.”
“By then, the President did not think war could be avoided,” Powell writes. “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.”
Someone in the George W. Bush White House was proposing we--the United States--attack a foreign, sovereign nation peremptorily, against our own, internal, national laws as well as against external, international laws and that President and his administration didn't think it necessary to even consult the National Security Council.
When we were building up to attack Iraq and for what ended up being war, many of us protested the entire idea, ahead of time. I know I did. Had we known the George W. Bush administration had already made up its collective mind to do this, without considering all the issues, details and possible ramifications, even more Americans would have protested and insisted we not undertake this action.
Not only that, but the article I cite here also shows that other people have written and documented the same thing, that this administration had no conversations on the wisdom or ignorance of attacking Iraq and that the decision to attack was apparently a foregone conclusion.
Between this and the fact that that administration had 21 planeloads of American dollars literally flown into Iraq, after the initial confrontation, it's amazing the American people aren't in an uproar over what that group of people did and all in our name.
When added to everything else we know about the debacle that became the second Iraq War, it seems even more clear that George W. Bush, at least, if not also his Vice President, Dick Cheney, should clearly, absolutely be tried for war crimes.
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