Colin Powell's New Book: Finally Admits War With Iraq Never Debated By National Security Council Or Anyone Else...Quicklink submitted By Amanda Lang Permalink
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|In his new book, former Secretary of State Colin Powell provides what may be the most authoritative confirmation yet that there was never a considered debate in the George W. Bush White House about whether going to war in Iraq was really a good idea.
In a chapter discussing what he calls his "infamous" February 2003 speech to the United Nations where he authoritatively presented what was later exposed as gross misinformation about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell notes that by that time, war "was approaching."
"By then, the President did not think war could be avoided," Powell writes. "He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC [National Security Council] had never met -- and never would meet -- to discuss the decision." The National Security Council, at the time led by Condoleezza Rice, is the president's foremost advisory body for national security...