Collin regrets and Rumsfeld screwed-up
First, the former US secretary of State expressed his regret over what he told UN about Iraq WMD and now the former US Defense Secretary’s pre-quit memo on a failed strategy that US adopted towards Iraq. What we heard are coming from ex officers – US State Secretary and Defense Secretary, not from any guy of the street.
That shows how democratic (or rather autocratic) and open the system they have there. These dudes may have had these ideas but no balls to spit their guts out while they were in office. Hence the big blow right after they resigned/retired. Their no-ball stance has caused millions of people suffering from the preventable war.
I hope this will change, with democrat now controlling congress, we’ll see some good check and balance, and hopefully the Democrats leaders in Congress have the balls to kick some ass and influence the government policy (or impeach the Prez……..)
“WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the White House before he resigned last month the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working and he proposed changes, including possible troop reductions, The New York Times reported Saturday. In my view it is time for a major adjustment. Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough,” Rumsfeld said in the classified memo, dated Nov. 6. The Times posted a copy of the memo along with an article about it on its Web site. “
“DUBAI — Former US secretary of state Colin Powell has expressed his deep regret that much of the information he gave to the United Nations about former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction was wrong. Speaking at the Leaders in Dubai Business Forum Gen. Powell said he regretted very much and was very disappointed that the information was not correct. “But at the time we had every reason to believe that it was true. I spent a lot of time with the CIA sourcing the information before I gave that speech,” he said. He said that if the US had known at the time there were no weapons of mass destruction “it would have been a whole different equation” in Iraq. “If Saddam Hussein had come forward with a full and complete declaration and he had not thrown the UN inspectors out, a war could have been avoided.”