THE former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.
"I tried to avoid this war," Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. "I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers."
Nothing was going to stand in the way of Bush getting his war. And it's truly disgraceful that certain members of the right wing now choose to insult Bush Sr. and Powell for not making the same mistake back in 1991 that we made in 2003.
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