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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Professional conflicts of interest

An interesting report in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle called Now Powell Tells Us and reprinted at Common Dreams has Colin Powell pinning the Iraq war entirely onto Vice President Dick Cheney.

Halliburton make literally billions in contracts following US military interventions and the motives of their number one lobbyist and former CEO, Dick Cheney, whom they still pay literally millions aren't terribly hard to fathom. Like another infamous neo-con, Richard Perle, he appears to be, and is, completely professionally conflicted and quite properly gets booed when he makes public appearances but if Powell knew the pitch (no pun intended) for invasion was all poop as he asserts, what did he think he was doing selling it for all it was worth on the floor of the UN and coaxing in the UK Government too, by using his own department's experts report (after it was "sexed up" at Downing Street) and calling it British intelligence? That would presumably be why he resigned? The so called "PhD thesis" was in reality written, as anyone who bothered to source it's author online could have easily discovered, by the guy the US Government used in Iraq War One to classify all the documents they captured, who worked in Powell's Department and lectured at the School of the Americas. What is it about all this people can't get?

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