Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Empire Burlesque - I, Bagman: The Story of Colin Powell

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Monday, 10 October 2005

Jonathan Schwarz is back and loaded for bear over at Tiny Revolution, with a takedown of the tissue of lies that Colin Powell disgorged in an interview with ABC News last month. Powell's reputation as "one of the good guys" in the Bush Administration has been one of the most enduring mysteries of our sad, demented times. He was not only one of the chief enablers of Bush's war crime in Iraq, but his entire career has marked him out as a bagman for a bloody elite, ever willing to turn a blind eye -- or pitch in directly -- when there is dirty work to be done, from the My Lai massacre to Iran-Contra to the murderous excursion in Panama to the warm embrace of Saddam Hussein to his final apotheosis as Imperial Handmaiden in his sick-making appearance at the UN in February 2003, when he "made the case" for war.

Now, of course, Powell goes around with furrowed brow, dramatically declaiming how he was "betrayed" by unnamed intelligence agents into prostituting his (entirely vaporous) credibility at the UN. But as Jon shows, Powell knew full well that he was lying to the world during his UN fan-dance, claiming that his baseless assertions about Iraq's non-existent WMD were iron-clad gospel truth -- when, as we now know, those very same "unreliable" intelligence agencies had told Powell, in writing, that his charges lacked a solid foundation.

Jon has the goods, and promises that this is just part of a ongoing project "that will examine Powell's mendacity in all its glorious detail." For some historical context, you might examine this column that I wrote -- in May 2002 -- drawing on the excellent historical research of Robert Parry: General Principles: Colin Powell, Bagman.

READ MORE: Perhaps Colin was pushed one step to far, this time. Colin has never been the blame guy before; always the clean up guy. He stayed behind the scenes for so long. But not this time. He was made to look like a fool, over and over. Finally, he was as good as fired. That may a bit much for the General who was hailed as the black Eisenhower. (Never an apt description, but we are talking about image, which is all that has mattered for years) Who knows, if he had never gotten in with American's #1 crime family, he may well have still pulled it off.
Quite a tumble for an ambitious black man. I take no joy in Colin's predicament. He blew the chance to be the first black U.S. president.


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