Colin Powell’s legacy will forever be tied to that train wreck he presided over at the UN. I feel for the guy, I think he just got caught up in it and saw no way out. In retrospect, he should have resigned.
But that’s easy for me to say sitting in this chair, isn’t it?
“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.”
Powell has become increasingly outspoken about the level of violence in Iraq, which he believes is in a state of civil war. “The civil war will ultimately be resolved by a test of arms,” he said. “It’s not going to be pretty to watch, but I don’t know any way to avoid it. It is happening now.”
Maybe he felt he was in a better position to remain close to BushCo as a more moderate voice? The voice of reason, perhaps.
He certainly isn’t pulling and punches lately.
The general and former joint chiefs of staff added: “Shi’ites will ultimately prevail because they are 60% of the population and their militias can be pretty violent. They will prevail also because they are determined not to be ruled again by the Sunnis.
“The Sunnis are struggling for power and survival and it’s going to be resolved by a test of arms. It’s going to be very ugly.”
And here we are. Good times.by