Et tu, Powell?
You know things have gotten bad for the President when Colin Powell, the epitome of loyalty (i.e. making dubious claims at the U.N. and sacrificing your reputation for your President) comes out with even the slightest bit of criticism. But now Powell has done much more than that. He tells Robert Scheer at The Nation:
"The CIA was pushing the aluminum tube argument heavily and Cheney went with that instead of what our guys wrote," Powell said. And the Niger reference in Bush's State of the Union speech? "That was a big mistake," he said. "It should never have been in the speech. I didn't need Wilson to tell me that there wasn't a Niger connection. He didn't tell us anything we didn't already know. I never believed it."Let's see the administration try to discredit the most respected (though retired) military officer in the country.
When I pressed further as to why the President played up the Iraq nuclear threat, Powell said it wasn't the President: "That was all Cheney."