Back Then I Was A True Believer – How A Military Officer’s Life Changed Forever 13 Years Ago
by Simon Black
Posted February 11, 2016
Thirteen years ago my life changed forever. Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush’s cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003. As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift army base in Kuwait not far from the Iraq border. Back then I was a true believer, trusting that the government was a force for good “making the world safe for democracy. . .” But that night it all changed.
Powell told the world unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, an assertion that history has proven categorically wrong. But within the intelligence community, many people knew the appalling truth immediately. That night it became clear to me that the government was lying and that the whole case for war was being fabricated. It was crushing, like finding out everything I’d been told throughout my life was total bullshit. So for the first time, I broke out of the spell and began questioning. Everything. More…