Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s day got off to a rough start Monday morning and CBS This Morning’s viewing audience got to see why in real time.
The former secretary was sitting down with the hosts of the show outside of National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. to discuss race relations in the country when he was suddenly interrupted by an angry Iraq War protester. The unnamed man screamed:
Colin Powell, you know better, alright? As a black man in America, you dropped bombs on Iraq!
Powell, clearly taken aback, jokingly asked the hosts,“Is he one of yours?” Host Gayle King responded,”He is definitely not one of ours, but he’s coming up here to harass the show.” The interview then continued as the protester was escorted off of the grounds.
It’s not surprising that people are still pretty pissed off at Colin Powell for his role in the Iraq War. On February 5, 2003, when Powell was secretary of state he went in front of the U.N. Security Council and laid out the Bush Administration’s reasons for invading Iraq. He was one of the most well-known faces of the Iraq War and a lot of the blame can be placed at his feet.
Thirteen years after the invasion of Iraq, Powell has expressed regret for the part he played in the war. He has called his speech to the United Nations a “great intelligence failure” and said:
I thought we had made the case, and there was pretty good reaction to [the U.N. speech] for a few weeks. And then suddenly, the CIA started to let us know that the case was falling apart — parts of the case were falling apart. It was deeply disturbing to me and to the president, to all of us, and to the Congress, because they had voted on the basis of that information.
And that is why protesters, like the one we saw this morning, are still so angry. We did not invade Iraq until March 20, 2003 but Powell gave his U.N. speech at the beginning of February. That means that before we ever touched down in Iraq, the Bush Administration, including the former secretary, knew that the information that the presented to the world and Congress was no good–but they still invaded.
The lies and failures of the Iraq War are well-documented at this point and while it is nice that Powell feels bad about his role in it, that doesn’t change the fact that he played a huge part in it. It doesn’t change the fact that more than 6,000 American troops (including my 19-year-old friend Pfc. Christopher Cobb) are dead and it doesn’t change the fact that people are still dying as a result of his actions. Powell deserves to be heckled for the rest of his life over this.
— FanNewsClips (@FanNewsClips) September 12, 2016
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