This isn’t even recounting Powell’s role as warmonger propagandist back in the Vietnam War, his major lies and unindicted war crimes in the first Gulf War [recorded by former U.S. Atty. General Ramsey Clark in his seminal book “The Fire This Time”] or his duplicitous role in the “coup-napping” of Haiti’s Aristide [see “Godfather Colin Powell, Gangster of Haiti – Kevin Pina’s Notes on ‘The Killing Fields’ @ Blackcommentator]. A damning aspect of the Guardian and corporate media outlets of their ilk is that Powell’s sheer infamy is virtually erased in the kind of article like the one they’ve produced, misrepresenting the sinisterly-manipulated Iraq invasion as a well-intentioned “intelligence failure” error, virtually ensuring similar future hoaxes – and future genocidal wars -– Zuo Shou 左手
Colin Powell cartoon courtesy The Black Commentator
February 16, 2011
Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball’s WMD lies
~ Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence ~
Ed Pilkington in New York, Helen Pidd in Berlin and Martin Chulov
"…It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable," he [Powell] told the Guardian . "The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the NIE sent to Congress, the president’s state of the union address and my 5 February presentation to the UN."
On 5 February 2003, a month before the invasion, Powell went before the UN security council to make the case for war. In his speech he referred to "firsthand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails … The source was an eyewitness who supervised one of these facilities". It is now known that the source, Janabi, made up the story….”
Full article here
BUT COLIN POWELL’S LIES AT THE UN SPEECH WENT FAR, FAR BEYOND THOSE OF “…[a single] eyewitness [Curveball] who supervised one of these facilities…”
THE LIE OF THE CENTURY
By Mike Rivero
…It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact…
[in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq] there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.
The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations such as this one to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.
This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.
Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another. Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell’s own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.
Powell also claimed to the United Nations that the photo on the left showed "Decontamination Vehicles". But when United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were just firefighting equipment.
Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq. None were ever found.
Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax. None was ever found.
Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.
Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones.
Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion.
Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq.