Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has expressed deep regret over his remarks at the UN Security Council (UNSC) in support of waging the 2003 war against Iraq, describing his statements as a stain on his professional reputation.
In his new book titled It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
, which is scheduled to be distributed next month, Powell alludes to his speech at the UNSC on February 5, 2003, in which he detailed George W. Bush administration’s fabricated report about purported Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, and described it as a blot on his record.
The former US secretary of state has said in a recent interview that ever since he has realized that the information he received about the Iraq war had been fallacious, he has been asking himself what he could have done to end the US occupation of the country.
In his defense, Powell said that he only had three days to analyze the data he had received in order to prepare his speech for the UNSC.
In 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding WMDs. But no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq.
More than one million Iraqis were killed as the result of the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.
Referring to the fabricated reports about Iraq’s stockpile of biological weapons and WMDs, Powell stated that he did not deliberately lie about the issue, but later it turned out that those weapons were being supplied by another country.