Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Powell: Like it or not, Iraq is a civil war

Sun Herald

Colin Powell, the former secretary of state who had the ear of several presidents, was on campus for a free evening lecture that drew more than 4,000 people to Alico Arena.

Whether those in the crowd described Powell, 69, as a leader they deeply respect, or as someone with wrong-headed views, many were there out of simple curiosity to hear what he had to say, especially about Iraq.

Powell did mention that country, and what he called the "civil war" there.

"The administration doesn't like me to say civil war, but I'm afraid that's the way it is," he said, but only after framing Iraq as one of many vexing problems he has seen over his long career and noting that many of those problems ended well.

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