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Thursday, January 08, 2004

Q: What's harder to find than WMD's in Iraq?
A: The last remaining shreds of Colin Powell's credibility. Our Secretary of Misstate continues to defend the indefensible. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a report today that found Iraq had ended its programs by the mid-1990s and did not pose an immediate threat to the United States before the 2003 war. Powell replied with the same old tired lies, saying "This game is still unfolding."

Powell noted that Iraq used chemical weapons in the Iraq-Iran war and on the Kurds in the 1980s and had the chance to come clean about its programs to the international community through the '90s.

"It's a fact," he said.

He said there was a "solid case" from U.N. inspectors and other officials that the Saddam Hussein regime "was a danger we had to worry about."

These supposed concerns of Powell's conflict with statements made by a senior administration official back in 2001:

We had a good discussion, the Foreign Minister and I and the President and I, had a good discussion about the nature of the sanctions -- the fact that the sanctions exist -- not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.

And which official said that? Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a press conference of Egypt, which amazingly enough is still available on the State Department web site.

I still remember in early December 2000, before the Supreme Court selected aWol to be president, how Bush paraded Powell as his choice for Secretary of State. Many people were convinced that aWol's obvious lack of competence in foreign policy would be largely compensated for by having Powell on the team. Instead, Powell's undeserved reputation was used to enable Bush to enact the most criminal of enterprises: unprovoked war. If there's anyone on the planet more despicable than Bush, it's Colin Powell.

On the plus side, it's great to see this as the lead story on CNN; the war on Iraq is the crime of the century (having surpassed 9/11 10 or 20 thousand deaths ago), and the American people need to get that through their heads. And go vote in the online poll!