The late Gen. Colin Powell leaves behind him a complicated record in his service to the United States, and according to one reporter it was something he remained "angry" about.
Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, Washington Post national security reporter Karen Deyoung explained that his infamous Iraq speech before the United Nations was always something he regretted and "he called a blot on his record and the invasion of Iraq, which he didn't think was a good idea."
"You referenced Iraq," said MSNBC host Aaron Gilchrist. "He did say one of the biggest regrets is the role he played to build the case to invade Iraq."
Gilchrist played one of the videos of Powell speaking to the United Nations and asked how Powell felt about his role in the Iraq War.
"I think he was very angry," said Deyoung. "He was very proud of his reputation for honesty and integrity. And I think he was mad. He thought that the intelligence community had, to some extent, wittingly deceived him. I think he felt that the administration had used him, and they did use him to be the spokesperson because they knew people would believe him if he went out and talked about the weapons of mass destruction. He felt like he had done his due diligence in order to make sure that what he was saying could be proven. Obviously, as he himself acknowledged, later on, it didn't go far enough."
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