Well, at least he tried. THE former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2 1/2 hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.
"I tried to avoid this war," Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. "I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers."
Powell has become increasingly outspoken about the level of violence in Iraq, which he believes is in a state of civil war. "The civil war will ultimately be tesolved by a test of arms," he said. "It's not going to be pretty to watch, but I don't know any way to avoid it. It is happening now." Well, it could have been avoided, had Bush listened to people who knew what they were talking about. Instead, he relied on Donald Rumsfeld. You reap what you sow, and whatever happens, we will be reaping the consequences of this misbegotten occupation for a long time to come.