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Monday, March 17, 2003
 
Powell Resigniation Countdown Begins

What the hell is this, and why is it coming out now?

A former White House covert operations official has told The American Reporter that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, then a military aide to the U.S. Army command staff in Vietnam, misunderstood a general's instructions and mistakenly ordered the notorious March 16, 1968, My Lai massacre, and successfully covered up his error until now. The former official's allegations concerning the events, whose 35th anniversary occurs on Sunday, could not immediately be confirmed.

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The source said he is a liberal Democrat who was a CIA officer for many years before accepting a military commission from President Reagan. He also was a military liaison to Saudi Arabia's royal family and said he was responsible for the destruction of a satellite-bearing Russian rocket on a launch pad in Russia, and was shot during that operation.

The source, a high-ranking retired military officer who said he had served Presidents Nixon and Reagan, said an unexpurgated transcript of the secret proceedings of a military tribunal that convicted Calley would reveal Powell's role. The transcripts remain classified, he said.

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Powell's role in the My Lai massacre has been the subject of many articles over the years, but until now there has been no suggestion made that he was responsible for ordering it.

This "liberal Democrat" doesn't mention having worked for any actual democratic administrations. I'm sure Reagan appointed all sorts of liberals to the military brass. I'm sure the covert ops agencies are lousy with liberals. They're not? Doesn't matter, we've got a transcript that proves the allegation. What's that? It's classified? Let's get a confirmation from the source, then. What's that? "the source...said he would deny the information if he was named in this story because he has suffered several heart attacks and might not survive the controversy his charges could create..." Oh.

Is this story coming out now because of this? Probably. Any way you look at it, it stinks to high heaven.