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Tag: colin powell

Dec.
10th

TORTURE: Why were Bush and Powell out of the loop?

Re: “Release of CIA report exceptionally reckless” (Michael Gerson column, 12-10).

I am somewhat dumbfounded by Gerson’s comparison of drone warfare to what we did to prisoners of war.

The act of engaging the enemy during war is different from the treatment of captive prisoners. The rules governing prisoner treatment are quite clear about subjecting captives to torture. These are rules that Dick Cheney and his merry band of neo-cons chose to ignore.

The greater question that needs an answer is why both the president of the United States and his secretary of state, Colin Powell, were not in the loop of how

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June
14th

SYRIA: Another case of WMD certainty?

Re: “US likely to send weapons to Syria” (TNT, 6-14).

Now it’s off to Syria, where the Obama administration wants to get involved in supporting one group of bad guys over another on account of “conclusive proof” that Bashar Assad’s regime is using weapons of mass destruction to kill people.

I would feel more confident in the pronouncements if President Obama could get Colin Powell to do a presentation to the United Nations outlining the proof of what’s going on in Syria.