Powell aide calls Cuba policy "dumbest in the world"
Campaign News | Thursday, 6 May 2004
Interview in GQ magazine
Colin Powell's key aide has described US sanctions policy against countries such as Pakistan and Cuba as "the dumbest policy on the face of the Earth".
In an article in GQ magazine Larry Wilkerson, chief of staff of the United States secretary of state, bemoans Mr Powell's firefighting role in President George Bush's cabinet.
"He has spent as much time doing damage control and, shall we say, apologising around the world for some less-than-graceful actions as he has anything else."
The article, which includes an interview with Mr Powell, is most illuminating for the comments made by his close friends and colleagues who are explicit about his distrust and disdain for the hawks in the administration.