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Powell Less Sure of Pre-Iraq Intelligence

NPR's Michele Kelemen reports Secretary of State Colin Powell is putting a bit of distance between his pre-war views on the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the growing evidence that there were none. A year ago in a speech at the United Nations, Powell insisted that known facts proved the Iraqi threat of WMD. Today he admits that if knew then what he knows today he might not have been so ready to go to war.

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Michele Kelemen has been with NPR for two decades, starting as NPR's Moscow bureau chief and now covering the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.