by Andrew Mason
As we now approach the tenth anniversary of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq it appears that there is likely to be some significant re-examination of some of the supposedly “solid” evidence that became the major casus belli for this now recognisably illicit military intervention – namely that Iraq remained in possession of significant quantities of weapons of mass destruction and was still actively deceiving the authority of the United Nations.
Today is the exact anniversary of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s now largely-discredited speech given in a plenary session at the UN headquarters building in New York. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern – who personally and professionally knew Powell – has written about the question of Powell’s role in his deceptive presentation at Counterpunch:
They should be asked this under oath in a formal inquiry into the Iraq War, a process that the United States has not undertaken even though its ally, the United Kingdom, at least asked some official questions (though little more) into how the disaster unfolded. Presumably, if such an inquiry were ever held in the United States, the participants – the links in the chain – would simply point to the interlocking others on either side.
Noted blogger Jon Schwarz has today similarly written about Powell’s fabricated case for war at his own site, A Tiny Revolution:
Unfortunately, Congress never investigated Powell’s use of the intelligence he was given, so we don’t know many of the specifics. Even so, what got into the public record in other ways is extremely damning. So while the corporate media has never taken a close look at this record, we can go through Powell’s presentation line by line to demonstrate the chasm between what he knew, and what he told the world. As you’ll see, there’s quite a lot to say about it…