Powell's shrinking credibility on Iraq (via Boston.com)
Secretary of State Colin Powell was a huge loser in last week's report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that said Saddam Hussein's weapons program was not an immediate threat to the United States or even his neighbors. The report said [...] "there was no solid evidence of a cooperative relationship between Saddam's government and Al Qaeda."
Powell was asked about the report at a news conference last week. He was forced to cough up: "I have not seen smoking-gun, concrete evidence about the connection, but I think the possibility of such connections did exist and it was prudent to consider them at the time that we did." [JPB - emphasis mine]
Powell did more than "consider" the possibilities.