Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson : “On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook”

“When we had made a judgment that we have to sort of decimate the top of the Baath leadership, none of us understood that this was going … to go down to every last schoolteacher. Every one of them had to be a member of the Baath Party just to get a job. Doesn’t mean they were bad. If you’re going to take out the top, “decimation” is a good word. We were going to decimate the top, the people who were closest to Saddam Hussein, and reconstitute the rest of the society.We didn’t do that with the military; we didn’t do that with the Baath Party, and [we] created a massive vacuum with respect to security and stability and bureaucracy. And that vacuum was filled by the insurgency. I think it was a major, massive strategic error.”

Colin Powell — March 2013

Colin Powell has called his 2003 speech to the United Nations, laying out the Bush administration’s rationale for war in Iraq, a “blot” on his record. The speech set out to detail Iraq’s weapons program, but as the intelligence would later confirm, that program was non-existent. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Lawrence B. “Larry” Wilkerson (born 15 June 1945) is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell’s presentation to the UN.

“My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life.

I participated in a hoax on the American people, the International Community and the United Nations Security Council.”

Fifteen years after he helped write the Colin Powell speech that made the false case for war on Iraq, Colonel Wilkerson says Trump is following a similar path on Iran — with the main difference being that the outcome now could “be significantly worse”.

Col Lawrence Wilkerson: “On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook”

REFERENCES

Colin Powell: U.N. Speech “Was a Great Intelligence Failure” — Frontline

Curveball: How US was duped by Iraqi fantasist looking to topple Saddam — The Guardian

Iraq: The spies who fooled the world — BBC

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Col Lawrence Wilkerson: “On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook”

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