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Powell at the UN: Five Years Ago


Five years ago, on Feb. 5, 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell made the U.S. case for war before the United Nations Security Council.

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Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, just released, is Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush and was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat.

Parry said: “Today marks Powell’s proclamation of a series of deceptions. While many were surprised that he would allow himself to be used in such a manner, in fact, it fits a pattern of opportunism throughout his career.”

Parry’s latest piece is “Colin Powell’s Fateful Lies.” On Feb. 6, 2003, he wrote “Trust Colin Powell?
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Schwarz, a contributor to Mother Jones magazine, made and collected on a $1,000 bet that Iraq had no WMD. He said today: “Five years later, the evidence is overwhelming that Colin Powell knowingly — not mistakenly — deceived the world at the United Nations. Powell doctored transcripts, left out crucial information, and directly contradicted what he was told by his own intelligence staff.”

Schwarz just wrote the piece “Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Five Years Ago Today, And What He Told The World.”
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For background, see, from the Institute for Public Accuracy, “Some Analysis of Powell’s Speech,” Feb 6, 2003.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167