On February 5th, 2003 you addressed the United Nations Security Council to sell the world George Bush’s war in Iraq. In your address you made the following two claims, “there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more.” and you stated that you had no doubt that Saddam was working to obtain nuclear weapons. Both of these claims have proven to be false. I will not speculate as to whether or not you believed these claims to be true or false, they have proven false and more than 4,000 Americans are now dead, as are countless Iraqis, to say nothing of the billions upon billions of dollars that we will never recoup. At the time of the lead up to this war numerous reports were published that you felt this war was a bad idea and despite that, and despite questionable intelligence you became the administrations chief salesman for this war. Millions of Americans supported this war based on your word! I will not speculate into what your motives were for towing the administration line. In all candor I think the proper thing for you do was resign. 5 years later, in large part due to your efforts this war still rages on with no end in sight.
In 5 short weeks Americans will go to the polls for what may be the most important election in our country since 1968, and like that election whether or not to end a war plays big in the outcome in this election. The two candidates running are no stranger to you Sect. Powell, it’s been widely reported that Senator Obama frequently seeks your advice, and I’m certain you are more than familiar with Senator McCain’s stance on the war. One candidate talks of ending the war, the other still speaks in terms of “victory” though all know victory is not a word one can use to describe any of the possible outcomes in Iraq. Sect. Powell it’s time for you to make amends to the enlisted people and the country you undoubtedly love, declare it’s time to end this war and endorse Senator Obama for president of the United States.