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U.S. president George W. Bush appears with his war of terror cabinet in 2001. From left to right in the front row are Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Interior Secretary Gail Norton, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the president, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; and behind, U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Secretary of Education Roderick Paige, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel Martinez, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, director of the Office of Management and Budget Mitch Daniels, and White House chief of staff Andrew Card. Most were co-conspirators who helped plan for and executed the attacks of September 11, 2001, planned for and waged the wars of aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan and attacked the people of the United States by robbing them of their rights and freedoms with the Patriot Act - which gave the Bush administration the presumed right to illegally wiretap all Americans and jailed without charge or due process all those who opposed their dictatorial policies and wars of aggression.

Powell is widely seen as the only senior cabinet official who tried to dissuade the president from invading Iraq. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned Bush the U.S. would be entangled in Iraq for years to come. Bush all but assured Americans that would never happen.

Eventually, Powell became Bush’s most credible advocate for the invasion. It was Powell who was sent to present the allegedly iron-clad evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction to the world at the United Nations.

But no weapons of mass destruction have ever been found in Iraq and Powell has since said publicly he was disappointed with the quality of the evidence he used to argue for war.

“He got snookered himself and he feels he was taken for a ride. No question he bought into it,” said Powell biographer Karen DeYoung.

“The rest of the world will mourn Powell leaving because they felt he was a person that they could get to try and get the president to back off from some of these unilateral approaches for dealing with the world’s problems,” said former assistant defence secretary Lawrence Korb.

Before leaving centre stage Powell laid out the staggering diplomatic agenda facing the president in his new term: Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Powell’s departure is seen by many in Washington as a victory for war crimes and crimes against the US advocates surrounding Bush, including Vice-President Dick Cheney, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Powell would have been and was destined to be the first black president of the United States of America but because he served under George W Bush he was robbed of the prestigious honor. For whatever reason, either through bribery or threat, Powell committed crimes against the US and he knew that his political career was over for he knows he is just as guilty as any other member of George W Bush’s war crimes cabinet. As an American citizen he knew it was his duty to stand up and defend the US and the US Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and in this case domestic. He took a sworn oath which he and other members of the cabinet willingly violated. He had a duty to call for an immediate impeachment of George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other cabinet members the moment the order was given to plan for and execute the attacks of September 11, 2001 - high treason under US law, an impeachable offense, an indictable offense and a capital offense against the people of the United States of America.