EDITORIAL PICK: At UN, ex-Colin Powell aide calls out ‘egregious’ OPCW Syria cover-up
In this week’s editorial pick, we select a video from The Grayzone Project in which former Chief of Staff to Secretary State Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson, examines the OPCW cover-up.
Description from the The Grayzone Project: Years after renouncing his role in helping to make the phony case for the Iraq war, Lawrence Wilkerson returns to the United Nations Security Council to challenge a new pro-war deception: the OPCW’s Syria cover-up.
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired Army Colonel who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary State Colin Powell. In 2003, Wilkerson helped prepare Powell’s infamous speech to the United Nations making the phony case for invading Iraq. Wilkerson has since renounced those Iraq war fabrications.
“This OPCW business really needs to get settled,” Wilkerson says. “Here we have an egregious situation that from everything I can see, really calls on people of concern to straighten it out.”
Wilkerson is among the signatories of a Statement of Concern about the OPCW scandal, joined by notable global voices including five former OPCW officials.
To read the transcript of this interview, click here: At UN, ex-Colin Powell aide calls out ‘egregious’ OVCW Syria cover-up
VIDEO: At UN, ex-Colin Powell aide calls out ‘egregious’ OPCW Syria cover-up
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ABOUT LARRY WILKERSON
Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning staff under the directorship of Ambassador Richard N. Haass, and member of that staff responsible for East Asia and the Pacific, political-military and legislative affairs (2001-02). Before serving at the State Department, Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97). Wilkerson retired from active service in 1997 as a colonel, and began work as an advisor to General Powell. He has also taught national security affairs in the Honors Program at the George Washington University. He is currently working on a book about the first George W. Bush administration.