I totally agree with you Jacques about Powell being too smart not to know.<quoted text>
From above : "A furious row has broken out over claims in a new book by BBC broadcaster James Naughtie that US Secretary of State Colin Powell described neo-conservatives in the Bush administration as 'fucking crazies' during the build-up to war in Iraq.
Powell's extraordinary outburst..."
That a soft-spoken man like Powell would utter such words just shows the unchecked insanity of it all.
However, I can't figure why he delivered that speech at the UN & backed the Iraq invasion. He knew, is why I don't think he was misled..Bullied by big-tome hawks who would profit from it? No doubt.
That is the reason he went to the United Nations with George Tenet because Powell did not want to take the blame alone.
Plus he knew President Halliburton Cheney, Vice President Old Man Rummy, and the Dummy Bush was going to war anyway and did not want to demoralize the moral of our troops by stepping down and resigning.