Karl Rove

“Courage and Con­se­quence: My Life as a Con­ser­va­tive in the Fight” (2010)

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Be­fore his Fe­bru­ary 2003 pre­sen­ta­tion to the U.N. out­lin­ing the case for go­ing to war with Iraq, Colin Pow­ell spent the bet­ter part of a week at the CIA with Tenet, [John] McLaugh­lin, and Robert Walpole, the na­tional in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer for strate­gic pro­grams. Pow­ell care­fully re­viewed the in­tel­li­gence and chal­lenged each of the agency’s find­ings in of­ten-con­tentious meet­ings. Ques­tions would be raised later, such as in a lengthy Washington

Post Mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle in 2006, about whether Pow­ell felt he was forced into mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to the U.N. and whether he be­lieved the case against Iraq was strong enough. But Pow­ell’s chief of staff and caus­tic critic of the Bush White House, re­tired Army Colonel Larry Wilk­er­son, later ad­mit­ted that the meet­ings at the CIA had tipped the scales for the sec­re­tary of state. “It is safe to say that he [Pow­ell] changed his mind. He was con­vinced by what the agency and mem­bers of the IC [in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity] were able to present to him,” Wilk­er­son said.

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