Powell Explains Himself — A Bit

I don’t know if it is conscience that drives a man like Colin Powell or a desire to rehabilitate himself with an eye on a future presidential campaing, but either way he issticking to his guns on the immorality of Chimpy’s torture fetish.

Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said yesterday that he decided to publicly oppose the Bush administration’s proposed rules for the treatment of terrorism suspects in part because the plan would add to growing doubts about whether the United States adheres to its own moral code.

“If you just look at how we are perceived in the world and the kind of criticism we have taken over Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and renditions,” Powell said in an interview, “whether we believe it or not, people are now starting to question whether we’re following our own high standards.”


Powell has said he regrets that the Iraq invasion was launched on the basis of false intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs and Hussein’s relationship with al-Qaeda, information that he vouched for in an address before a hostile United Nations. He has also said that he believes the administration should have sent more troops to invade Iraq and provided a better postwar plan.

Powell also allowed his name to be identified among those opposed to Bush’s nomination of his former State Department subordinate, John R. Bolton, as Washington’s U.N. ambassador.


Powell strenuously objected to Bush’s February 2002 decision that the United States was not obliged to adhere to Geneva Conventions rules in its treatment of captured al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners. Subsequent scandals over military treatment of prisoners at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, and over the CIA’s establishment of secret prisons abroad, further cemented his views that the decision was unnecessary in terms of prisoner interrogation and is harmful to the armed forces.

Last fall, over administration opposition, Powell publicly supported McCain’s successful effort to ensure that restrictions in the Army Field Manual outlawing torture be adopted as the definitive guidance for military treatment of detainees. His position owed as much to his 35 years as an Army officer as to his tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat.

8 thoughts on “Powell Explains Himself — A Bit

  1. Fuck lying war criminal Colin Powell.
    Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis are dead in a war he was intsrumental in lying us into and he has “regrets”?
    He’s a goddamn disgrace.
    f he owns a sword he should fucking fall on it.

  2. I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive him for hitching his wagon to Dubya’s black hole, but I’ll take any help we can get on this one.
    And I’m lovin’ the new comments setup! Thanks, Athenae.

  3. He’s opposing Bolton? well, well, well.
    I wonder if he threatened to come in and testify against him?
    That may have killed the nomination.

  4. I’d sure love a tell-all book. Powell was a rising star. After the 1st Iraq war he was the hero of heros. I’ve heard rumors that he thought about running for president but that a group of repugs threatened to smear his family if he did.
    Very articulate. Very Statesman like. Was probably the major factor in convincing the UN about WMDs. (Bush trying to do the same speech would have been a great tragic comedy).
    Because he helped Bush, he is now in disgrace.
    Interestingly enough, as a respected General, he opposes the things which maybe-I-can-fly-without-my-prep-school-chemicals, National-Guard-but-didn’t-show-up Bush says are important for the military to have. Now who has the more experience in the matter?

  5. All this torture talk obscures the real vote that matters, on FISA.
    Because if they can spy on Americans, okay, they do and we all know it, then they can stop any anti-torture backlash by just rounding up the offenders.
    Follow FISA, you criminal, don’t change it, follow it.
    Duckman GR

  6. I think that Powell for many has a long way to climb to get up to zero in any rehabilitation. His blind loyalty to Bush in being the conduit of outright false information to the world at the U.N. put his credibility to not just zero but into negative numbers.

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