Colin Powell Reports He Was Furious That He Was Misled About WMDs


Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has reported to Stern Magazine in Germany that he was furious that he was misled about Iraq’s WMD programs before his February 2003 address to the U.N. Security Council.
Unfortunately, TWN tried but failed to get folks at Stern to ask Secretary Powell what his true feelings about John Bolton were.
Still ripe for more investigation is John Bolton’s role inside the Department of State promulgating the Niger-Uranium story after State and CIA intelligence analysts had fully rejected the claim. In this case, they got something right — and John Bolton was part of the DISINFORMATION campaign.
Here is an excerpt from the AP report:

Powell, who retired as secretary of state in January, also said he still is “furious and angry” about his Feb. 5, 2003, speech to the U.N. Security Council in which he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that violated U.N. sanctions.
No such weapons were found, but Powell told Stern he had no reason to doubt intelligence from the CIA and other agencies suggesting Saddam had them.

— Steve Clemons