State department official Colonel Larry Wilkerson regrets his role in promoting the Iraq War — now he’s speaking out to stop war with Iran.
“I realized that we had probably pulled the wool over the American people’s eyes and certainly over the international community’s eyes and so I felt pretty low about it,” he said.
Wilkerson said that one of the things that disturbed him is that the same tactics are being used as were used in 2002 and earl 2003 with regard to Iraq.
“The same people, the same tactics, the same litany, the same strategy, the same everything,” he said. “And yet there seems to be as Gore Vidal called the American people we are the ‘United States of Amnesia.’ There seems to be no reasonable attitude out there about this that, hey, we’ve seen this before. We do not need to do this again.”
Wilkerson helped Colin Powell prepare his famed presentation to the UN in which he primed the world for war with Iraq.
“Indeed, the facts and Iraq’s behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction,” he explained. “When I listened to [Powell] present, I realized that the six days and seven nights that we spent preparing his presentation had not allowed me to look at the whole thing, to understand exactly what he was saying, particularly the part where he connected the 9/11 attacks — al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization, with Saddam Hussein which I and others in the intelligence community knew was a real stretch.”