Colin Powells Surprising Admission on Iraq Invasion: Greg Tillman Speaks Out
- Colin Powell made a surprising admission that he would not have recommended the invasion of Iraq if he had known there were no stockpiles of banned weapons
- Greg Tillman was in charge of analyzing the Iraqi weapons threat and found key evidence cited by the administration to be misrepresented
- Tillman believes that Powell’s speech at the United Nations was one of his low points in service to the nation
- Tillman and his staff had access to all intelligence before the war, and they did not believe Iraq posed an imminent threat to the US or its neighbors
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory experts advised that aluminum tubes cited by Powell as evidence could not be used for a nuclear program
- When Powell presented his evidence at the UN, Tillman was angry and believes science was not pushing it forward
- After the war, it was revealed that certain information in Powell’s speech and from other sources were false.
President Bushs Decision to Invade Iraq: Examined in Light of Contradictory Evidence
- President Bush determined that invading Iraq was the right decision based on the history of Saddam’s regime, intentions, capabilities and delivery systems
- The former Chief U.S arms inspector David Kay reported no stockpiles of banned weapons were found
- Secretary Powell’s U.N speech relied on human sources supplied by the Iraqi National Congress who had an agenda to present a negative picture of events in Iraq
- Satellite intelligence rarely provided useful information to un inspectors according to Steve Allenson
- Secretary Powell claimed Iraq still had a few dozen scud missiles but could not provide evidence for this
- Greg Tillman concluded that the decision to go to war was made first and then intelligence interpreted to fit this conclusion with senior administration officials deaf and blind to any counter evidence from the intelligence community.