Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Since the end of his military career, Wilkerson has publicly criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN, as well as other aspects of American policy in the Middle East.
|I can still hear George Tenet telling me, and telling my boss in the bowels of the CIA that the intelligence was rock solid. I sat in the room, looking into his eyes, as did the Secretary of State and heard it with the firmness that only George Tenet could give it …. George Tenet assuring Colin Powell that the information he [Powell] was presenting to the United Nations was ironclad.||Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations|
|I see them as messianic advocates of American power from one end of the globe, much as the Jacobins in France were messianic advocates of the French Revolution. I don't care whether utopians are Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. You're never going to bring utopia, and you're going to hurt a lot of people in the process.||Compliments, Insults & Rebukes|
|Vice President Cheney really knew how to bring out the cowboy in George W, Bush.||Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership|
|What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made. Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences.||Management & Managing Government|