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Colin Powell: Intel doubts not shared with administration

This seems to be a pretty important assertion from Colin Powell. In an interview by the BBC, Powell says that any doubts the U.S. intel community had about Iraq’s WMD programs were not shared with the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Via Captain’s Quarters (via Mark in Mexico):

THE US administration was never told of doubts about the secret intelligence used to justify war with Iraq, former secretary of state Colin Powell told the BBC in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday night.

Mr Powell, who argued the case for military action against Saddam Hussein in the UN in 2003, told BBC News 24 television he was “deeply disappointed in what the intelligence community had presented to me and to the rest of us.”

“What really upset me more than anything else was that there were people in the intelligence community that had doubts about some of this sourcing, but those doubts never surfaced to us,” he said.

We continue to believe the invasion of Iraq was justified based on the entire body of evidence that was known at the time the decision to invade was made. But this assertion by Powell throws another wrench in the “Bush lied” anti-war spin machine.



posted by: The Editors @ 10:52 am December 18, 2005



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