April 20, 2004

Some corrections to the Woodward book...

...Speaking with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Powell said that he was not semi-despondent at any time.

"The fact of the matter is, my responsibility to the president is to give him the best advice I can," Powell told Hannity. "And the first bit of advice I gave him was, we should take this issue to the U.N. The U.N. is the party that's offended. The whole world is offended by what Saddam Hussein has done, so take it to the U.N."

Powell said that President Bush agreed with this recommendation, as did Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

"And when [Bush took the case to the U.N.] I knew that we had two roads ahead, and I'm not sure which one we would follow: Road one was that the U.N. was able to solve this. But I also knew that there was a second road, and if the U.N. didn't act, the president would act. And he would take it to war, if that's what it took, and ask like-minded nations to join us," Powell explained.

Powell said that because the U.N. did not act in a timely manner, President Bush took "that second road."

"I knew that it might happen, and I knew that when he took that second road, I'd be with him for the whole way," Powell said. "I don't quit on long patrols."...

Posted by John Weidner at April 20, 2004 8:36 AM
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