Powell's flippin' like a flapjack at a cheap diner...
Well, not so, so much. I just really liked that phrase.
I don't know why, but I always harbored secret notions that his flagrant asshattery was more about being a good (read: loyal) soldier to Drinky McDrugFace than him being an actual example of Pure Evil (A warning: the "Pure Evil" link links to a 184 K animation. If you have the bandwidth I put some effort into it. If not, no worries...).
Wandering around to the point...
He (and his staff of Small Plastic Army Men) keeps hinting at what really went on. (*cough*cabal*cough* --- a side note: while I appreciate the animosity toward the apologists, why don't we spend our angry polemic points on someone who still needs to be knocked down a few pegs instead of people on our side, even if they aren't as progressive as thou?)
Here's the latest:
But according to individuals familiar with Powell’s conversations in the days leading up to his UN presentation, an exchange between Powell and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph Biden (D-DE), indicates that the Secretary may have already had issue with the evidence presented for going to war with Iraq.
Several days prior to his UN presentation, then-Secretary Powell had a private conversation with Sen. Biden, sources familiar with the Secretary's account say.
During this conversation, Biden reiterated much of what he had said during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the evidence as presented by Powell deputy Richard Armitage. According to sources, Biden expressed his concerns to Powell about the reliability of the evidence, and encouraged the Secretary to speak only about intelligence that he was sure of.
“Mr. Secretary, tell them what you know,” Biden said, according to those familiar with the conversation.
“…When we are both out of office for two years, I will tell you what is going on here,” they say Powell replied.
One individual familiar with the conversation said it suggested Powell had personal reservations about the intelligence. Read On.
Lets give it another couple days and see what comes of it. I don't think we need to hook up electrodes to his genitals to find out more, but I think with the right cajoling he might give up more. I also want to know what Biden has to say...