Skip to comments.White House 'never told' of WMD doubts (Powell opens up!)
Posted on 12/17/2005 6:14:13 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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Well I'd say that eliminates the "Bush Lied" crap once and 4 all.
This is all blather from the Administration, caving into the media.
ALL the immediately prior Presdients of the U.S. and their advisors were wrong. ALL of the major intelligence services were wrong. ALL of Sadam's neighbors were wrong. ALL of the informants among Iraqi refugees were wrong. Sadam HIMSELF was wrong. There were NO weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.
THIS is what the Dems, the media and NOW - the Administration would have us believe.
The weapons WERE there and now they are gone. WHERE?? Where woould Mussolini have hid an atom bomb if the U.S. occupied Italy in WW2?? Where would the NAZIs have hidden an atom bomb in WW2 if the U.S. occupied Germany in WW2??
We need look no further than the neighboring Baathist state - the same state which is feeding insurgents into Iraq for WHERE the WMD are. Syria.
Delenda est Syria. And the Administration should grow some testacles.
I don't believe this for a second. If there was a quote to confirm this, they would have published it in the article.
What took him so long?
Speaking of Tom Daschle, he is deeply saddened.
Total left wingnut - has the weight of the world on her shoulders. I feel soooo sad for her /sarcasm
That's a good question...and another one is why to the foreign press?....my opinion Powell has not changed...
How unfair, jsut when the dems weere really getting wound up to tar and feather our president, Powell comes out wiht this. Actually I thought it pretty funny when those screaming about being lied to had to admit they never actually read the intelligence reports, jsut a summary. this is kind of the whipped cream on top of the frosting. Talk about having their Christmas spoiled.
Shhhhhhhhhh! It's a seeeequit. Don't tell da wabbit. It'll be a surpwize.
Man, what a scandal! The President, Vice-President, and Secretary of Defense "hijacked" US military and foreign policy! Seriously, you think these bozos every read what they write before it's published?
One focussed, single issue is myopic to the nth degree.
For instance, my brother who saw combat as a chopper pilot in Viet Nam was pro life for Americans. With the combatants, he was pro-choice and gave orders to kill the combatants.
Mr Powell's comments follow US President George W. Bush's acceptance earlier this week of responsibility for going to war on intelligence, much of which "turned out to be wrong".
Colon Bowell is trying to distance himself from the "scandal-plagued" administration, so that he can still be acceptable to the lecture circuit...
US administration was never told of doubts about the secret intelligence used to justify war with Iraq
And why is Bowell, who was once National Security Advisor, running to a hostile foreign news service with tales of strife inside the locker room?
For his part, Mr Powell considered the US military could not be deployed in Iraq at its current strength for years to come
And there's a key phrase - for HIS part - this is all about damage control to Bowell's reputation...
Mr Powell confirmed that White House "hawks" US Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had bypassed him and other colleagues on occasions.
As if Colon Bowell was the final arbiter of all things international.
And finally, here's The Money Shot:
Mr Powell's former chief-of-staff Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson made the damning allegations last month, accusing Cheney and Rumsfeld of running a "cabal" and hijacking US military and foreign policy.
Another knife in the back from the Clinton holdouts at State and CIA - the old "BushCO/Haliburton" conspiracy Trojan gets another life cycle, and Colon Bowell, a darling of the left only slightly less than McCain, gets a chance to appear noble and detached from EvilBoosh.
You have to remember that this view of Iraq (that it had WMD) was held during the Clinton administration and didn't change in the Bush administration.
Maybe Hillary and Bill hid them in Sandy Berger's pants. Stranger things happened during the Clinton White House years...
Even Powell seems to recognize that one McCain at a time is all we can take.
Or maybe he is seeing his actions as they appear to others.
Being pro-life doesn't mean being stupid enough to turn the other cheek to an armed enemy determined to kill you.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot???!!!
Notwithstanding the opening sentence that "the Administration" was not told, the rest of the article takes great pains to mention that Rumsfeld was the evil bloodsucker that "bypassed" Powell, and that conversations were "unpleasant" (read scary for anti-war crowd.)
Am I just that jaded now?
Well, here's hoping Bush's tv address is a winner.
"Valerie Plame a WMD analyst at the CIA. The WH did not know of CIA WMD concerns, something that should have come from her desk.... "
Once again the dots connect.
However, despite everything that is happening on this planet, your only deciding factor is what?
Thanks for the ping to this; I'd have missed it otherwise, kayak.
I'll save it to my files for future use. What I'd love to know is if Powell really thinks the intel was bad, or if he thinks the weapons were moved to Syria but can't say for a variety of reasons.
Nearly all the head guys put in charge of finding the WMD have said they have credible evidence that WMD were moved to Syria before 3/03. In fact, Powell himself showed satellite photos to the UN that showed convoys of trucks leaving known WMD sites in Iraq for the Syrian border.
Maybe someday we'll know.
After years of hearing "Bush lied" etc., Powell finally comes clean about it? Sure took him long enough.
My only deciding factor as relates to being pro-life, is that revering the life of the absolutely pure and innocent, does not neccessarily obligate one to extend the same to all living things without any reservations whatsoever.
You got it.
Could be that too.
You liberals are amazing in your lack of logic.
I'd suggest you enlist in the United Ststaes Military and defend Americans; instead of the mamby-pampy pro-this spend America - Tax America /pro-that -Give it to the welfare state unemployed lazy Democrats. When will you Liberals ever become PRO AMERICAN?
"Valerie Plame a WMD analyst at the CIA. The WH did not know of CIA WMD concerns, something that should have come from her desk...."
Back in 2002 her husband was giving speeches around the country opposing the war because he felt Saddam would use WMD on our troops.
They are lying!
Man, did you hit the nail on the head!Saddam had six months to move his WMDs before we attacked. In Oct 2004, it came out that Russian advisors were overseeing the move of the WMDs to Syria for Saddam. The news lasted exactly one news cycle and then disappeared off the radar screen. No one in the MSM picked it up--deliberately.
I wonder why Powell waited until there was success in Iraq to spill his guts? Waiting to see which side he should take? I don't blame Rumsfield for not being "pleasant" with Powell either. He was probably part of the leak crowd too.
Thanks for a very coherent, succinct and well phrased post summing it all up beautifully. I can't stand Powell! He is a passive aggressive phony! don't trust the man!
That line caught my eye as well. Just remember, this is what the BBC says that Powell said. The exact context may be different than what the article intimates.
An Iraqi former commander just said this week Saddam moved his WMD's to Syria 6 wks before we invaded Iraq. He said NO one has looked in Syria but that's where they are.
is sheila the one who asked if NASA can swing the mars rover by the area where the usa flag was placed?????????
An Iraqi commander just said this week Saddam moved his WMD to Syria 6 wks before we invaded Iraq. He says there still there...NO one has looked.
I've never really trusted anyone who calls himself "Lawrence"...
[falsetto voice] "Oh, Laaawrence...!"
We are overun by youth in drop-down, baggy pants who don't know who the VP is and Desperate Housewives with yellow ribbons on their SUV's and Kerry stickers! Go figure! With idiots like the mass liberals, who needs Iran's nukes?
I read our satellites have images of truck convoys moving from Iraq to Syria.
What do you think was in them?
Also, people have to stop and think what is WMD? Do we have to find 2 TONS of anthrax, before it's WMD, when, in fact a few ounces can kill thousands of people? And how easy is it to hide a small envelope? How can we discover it when we have an entire country to search and we are not allowed to even inconvenience prisoners, who might know where they are?
The passive aggressive SOB finally got over his temper tantrum and decided he was being forgotten.ha.
Thanks. We needed that!
I suggest we hide her in the desert,and nobody will care if she is there.