Colin Powell: Bush Security Team ‘Never Met — And Never Would Meet — To Discuss’ Iraq Invasion | Former Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell writes in a forthcoming book that Pres. George W. Bush’s top security advisers never met to discuss the invasion of Iraq, according to a review of the book on the Huffington Post. Powell wrote that when he delivered his “infamous” speech to the United Nations in early 2003, the decision to go to war had already been made — but not by Bush’s National Security Council (NSC). “By then, the President did not think war could be avoided,” wrote Powell. “He had crossed the line in his own mind, even though the NSC had never met — and never would meet — to discuss the decision.” The administration asked military planners in December 2001 — amid the hunt for Osama Bin Laden — to draw up plans for the costly war that President Obama drew to a close last year.