I’d never heard of the guy before this.
He’s made various public comments blasting the WH and Rumsfeld while always trying to make Powell look like a saint and the one redeeming member of the admin. What’s interesting about that is that Wilkerson acknowledges that the supply of pre-war intel (he was at the heart of the effort to prepare Powell’s presentation to the UN) was exactly what the intel community said it should be, yet he still tries now to swing all blame onto Cheney, et al. That is why I think he is fundamentally dishonest and serving left-leaning political interests, no matter how good his prior record (he was a Vietnam Vet, etc.). In working energetically to undermine the Iraq War and the whole War on Terror by his public blasts at the admin., Wilkerson is just as harmful as the MSM and Demagogues, even if he may be loyal to Powell’s view of the country..... p.s. I think it is absurd and offensive for him to now characterize the intel presentation as a “hoax” on the country and the world — he is trying to absolve himself by joining the MSM assault on reason.
During an October 19, 2005 speech at the New America Foundation, Wilkerson gave a stinging criticism of the entire intelligence community which compiled the Iraq War Intelligence. He had criticism for U.S. intelligence agencies as well as the international community including the French, Germans, and British who all believed the intelligence prior to the Iraq War.
I cant tell you why the French, the Germans, the Brits and us thought that most of the material, if not all of it, that we presented at the U.N. on 5 February 2003 was the truth
Lawrence Wilkerson, New America Foundation, October 19 2005
In an interview that aired on the PBS news magazine NOW on PBS in Spring 2006 Wilkerson claimed that the speech Powell made before the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, laying out a case for war with Iraq, included falsehoods of which Powell had never been made aware. He said, “My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council.”
He stated in the interview that he was “intimately involved in the preparation of Secretary Powell for his five February 2003 presentation at the UN Security Council” and that neither CIA Director George Tenent, nor the CIA analysts involved in furnishing Powell with the information on mobile biological laboratories that he would use in his speech, gave any indication that there were disputes about the reliability of the informants who had supplied this information.
Wilkerson still sees this lapse as the result of a profound intelligence failure, saying, “I have to believe that. Otherwise I have to believe some rather nefarious things about some fairly highly placed people in the intelligence community and perhaps elsewhere.”
Wilkerson also agreed with the interviewer that Vice President Cheney’s frequent trips to the CIA would inevitably have brought “undue influence” on the agency. When asked if Cheney was “the kind of guy who could lean on somebody” he responded, “Absolutely. And be just as quiet and taciturn about it as— he— as he leaned on ‘em. As he leaned on the Congress recently— in the— torture issue.”
Wilkerson stood strongly by his earlier description of Cheney and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as having formed a cabal to hijack the decision-making process, emphasizing both their determination to ignore the Geneva Conventions and the “inept and incompetent” planning for post-invasion Iraq.