Secretary of State Powell is similar to his predecessor Kissinger
According to the proprietor of The Whiskey Bar, at www.billmon.org:
As far as I can tell, Colin Powell is one of the most cynical liars to ever serve in the U.S. government - who's still alive, I mean. And when Henry Kissinger finally kicks the bucket, he'll have the title.
I think Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al actually believed a lot of the stories they were telling. But Powell has never bought into ANY of the administration's fantasies. And yet he's been perfectly willing to go out and sell them in public, over and over and over again. And in the process, he's told some of the most outrageous lies of any of them.
Maybe he thinks it's his duty. Or maybe he's just a sociopath like Bush. I don't know. But it's been quite a performance.