Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has no credibility to judge Iran’s nuclear program since he supported the decision to invade Iraq under a false pretext during the administration of George W. Bush, a political commentator in New York City says. “Colin Powell now is standing on the side of people who say that the Iran [nuclear] deal with the P5+1 has very strong and more than sufficient verification procedures and that’s exactly the point that he has no credibility on,” said Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio show host. “Powell is a man who spoke of hallucinatory weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq] 13 years ago, [he] now speaks about the adequacy of the protections against another hallucinatory nuclear weapons program,” DeBar told Press TV on Monday.
Powell, who is also a retired four-star general, has repeatedly emphasized his continued support for US involvement in the Iraq war since his departure from the State Department. On Sunday, Powell expressed support for the nuclear accord with Iran and dismissed critics' concerns over its implementation. "It's a pretty good deal," he said on NBC's Meet the Press. “I think a very vigorous verification regime has been put into place." On his Twitter account, US President Barack Obama thanked Powell on Sunday for his support. “It’s bewildering to me to figure out exactly on how to comment on this because there’s so many nested contradictions on almost every aspect of it,” DeBar said. Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany – announced the conclusion of nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14.