Why Our Analyses On Powell And Iraq Matter Today

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Above photo: Colin Powell testifies before the UN Security Council about Weapons of Mass Destruction. From the US Government.

CN on Saturday published three articles analyzing different aspects of a NYT story on Colin Powell & Iraq.

It matters because we live in the world the invasion has left behind.

Some readers may be curious why Consortium News on Saturday devoted space to three lengthy articles analyzing a single New York Times piece about events that happened 17 years ago. 

It is simply because we are still living today with the serious consequences of those events, namely:

  • Terrorism and continued instability in the Middle East
  • Continued, even worsened, political manipulation and corruption of  intelligence.
  • Continued, and even worsened, manipulation and corruption of the news media.

Iraq is still an unstable country. Extremist groups such as the Islamic State arose because of Iraq’s instability. The invasion of Iraq is now universally seen in the U.S. as the nations’ worst foreign policy blunder perhaps in history. To prevent another such crime of aggression, this needs to be repeatedly stated.

As Ray McGovern pointed out in his piece, the politicization of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion manifested itself again in the Russiagate affair, when DNI James Clapper refused to conduct an NIE on the allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election. 

An obvious piece of opposition research (both sides engage in it) was taken as the basis of an FBI investigation into a presidential campaign, which was then amplified ad infinitum by a corrupted news media, that learned nothing from its admitted errors and distortions in the Iraq story. 

Both in Iraq and in Russiagate, ambitious journalists were not skeptical about what anonymous intelligence and other official sources told them, either being used or actively participating in the deception.

What we have witnessed is the normalization of the politicization and corruption of both the intelligence and media professions. This is why we brought three writers with direct personal experience to help make the story of Colin Powell and Iraq relevant to today.

RAY McGOVERN: Powell & Iraq—The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates

JOE LAURIA: Powell & Iraq—How One Resignation May Have Stopped the Disastrous Invasion

SCOTT RITTER: Powell & Iraq—Regime Change, Not Disarmament: The Fundamental Lie

  • eight.of.wands

    many of us knew this in real time, sending the thus-far untarnished minority guy to flat out lie at the United Nations cuz anyone else from the Cheney/Bush White House cabal woulda been jeered right off the podium….Identity Politics 101, a la Condoleeza, Cory, Barack and Kamala, all wolves in worsted wool clothing…..how Powell can sip Dom Perignon at Washington cocktail parties, serviette between ring finger and pinky, or for that matter even fckng sleep at night with that much Iraqi & American blood on his hands is beyond my comprehension of so-called human psychology…..may he roast in Hell for the sheer evil he has perpetrated on this world…..and take those damn vials of baking powder with him…..Au revoir, menteur!!

  • Bill Rood

    The irony is that he wasn’t untarnished even the, carrying the stain of My Lai.

    But yes, if you were willing to look beyond the Times, you knew the anthrax was made in USA, that the tubes were for conventional artillery launchers, the trailers were for filling artillery baloons and that the skills of any nuclear engineers Iraq might have had in 2003 had atrophied during 10 years of restoring Iraqi infrastructure after Desert Strom.

  • hollywoodjeff

    He would later place the responsibility for the war on “the JINSA crowd,” the pro-Israel Jewish neocons who through PNAC had been orchestrating for the removal of Saddam who, thanks to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the heads of that war party, elected not to investigate how the US got into the war whereas the Brits had four hearings on how they did. But when Barack said, “we need to look forward and not backward” and the party’s trained seal, Pelosi, supported that position, they effectively pardoned those responsible for the killings and destruction of Iraq, of whom Powell was not, by any means, the worst.

  • eight.of.wands

    absolutely spot on….but Nuremberg’s “i was simply following orders” is still as dishonest, dishonorable and despicable as it was in 1946….how the tables have turned, literally….Powell can claim he’s not human garbage, while being a major piece of crap amongst admittedly majorer pieces of crap floating in that toilet bowl of W.H.’03, and of course he has that ‘my bullshit don’t stink’ grin when called out as a balloon faced liar, but to be fair, there’s days when he presumes we’ve overlooked his jag off war criminality at crucial moments of destiny, and just see him as everyday scum….history may view him more harshly…

  • eight.of.wands