Powell vs. Powell

From Holden:

Pathetic, time to fire the Secretary of State as well. What has he done to contribute to our diplomatic efforts over the past four years anyway?

At a news conference in Atlanta, Powell disagreed with the Kerry’s contention in Thursday night’s presidential debate that Bush missed an opportunity to capture terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

He also dismissed the Democratic candidate’s suggestion that Powell had been compelled to apologize for asserting at the United Nations that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had amassed hidden stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Later, after the hubris wore off…

[T]he secretary said the allegations he presented to the Security Council in February 2003, that Saddam had secret arsenals of banned weapons, reflected the best views of the intelligence agencies.

“We got it wrong,” Powell said. “We have seen nothing to suggest that he had actual stockpiles.”

He blamed “bad sourcing” and did not apologize for his U.N. presentation, which had been designed to rally support in the United Nations for the coming war. He said, “I am not only disappointed, but I regret that the information was not correct.”