Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday.
Powell’s landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein’s bioweapons programme gained from a defector, codenamed Curveball.
But he has now admitted that he lied to topple the dictator, in an interview with the Guardian.
“It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable,” Powell told the British newspaper.
“The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the (report) sent to Congress, the president’s state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN.”
The entire world deserves answers to this, especially the soldiers and the families of those that died in a war based on lies. This is the greatest intelligence failure our nation and the world has ever seen, not Leon Panetta getting it wrong on when Mubarak would step down, as the right wants you to believe. This lie has cost our nation trillions of dollars and countless lives, yet our leaders are just shrugging their shoulders. W
e need a full investigation into the lies and even prosecutions. Yeah I’m pissed at George Bush and company for buying this lie, but I’m equally pissed at President Obama and his administration for not demanding answers. The blood of the fallen lies on the hands of those who bought the lies and those who ignore them. Let’s get the investigations started.