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Iraq War Decision Questioned in Colin Powell’s New Book

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Apparently all it takes is eight years, thousands of deaths, and $3 trillion in debt for the Bush administration to admit their faults. In Colin Powell’s new book, “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership,” the former Secretary of State confirms that President George W. Bush never consulted nor debated with anyone in the White House about entering the Iraq War in 2003. “I didn't wanna use force,” Powell says.

With no definitive weapons of mass destruction (WMD), no definitive intelligence information, and no definitive cause– besides striking down Saddam Hussein— the U.S. went to war. “It was a disaster. It was incoherent,” he writes about the initial WMD case. “I learned later that Scooter Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, had authored the unusable presentation, not the NSC [National Security Council] staff. And several years after that, I learned from Dr. Rice that the idea of using Libby had come from the Vice President, who had persuaded the President to have Libby, a lawyer, write the ‘case’ as a lawyer's brief and not as an intelligence assessment.” Among other topics, the book provides a interesting look into the decisions that changed the country over the past decade.

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