Colin Powell, that great teller of tall tales, in a recent ABC News interview claims that his false Iraq testimony before the United Nations in 2003 is to be blamed “on some people in the intelligence community” at lower levels. The man might be a liar but let no one say he lacks creativity. You'd think that Shrub, Cheney or Tenet may--just may--have had something to do with this, but now we learn that it's the fault of their pencil-pushing minions. Where is Colonol North when you need him? It's autumn. We need a fall-man! A dissheveled bureaucrat with thick glasses to stand up and say he's actually a ventriloquist and put the words in Powell's mouth while Powell was napping at the U.N.
Lacking an Oliver the Ventriloquist to take the bullet, history has to agree with Powell's own self-assessment that his lie represents "a blot" on his record. (I'm sure if we look hard, we might find more than just one blot, but that's another story.) Powell says that "it was painful." Yes, it was painful to us all. Ridiculous and outlandish . . . and painful.