Colin Powell’s former chief of staff opposes a military strike in Syria

Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Powell’s chief of staff in the Bush administration in the lead up to and during the Iraq war, said the Syria fight is not in U.S. national interests.

He said the fight may be in the nation’s humanitarian interest, but that “such interests are rarely advanced by the slaughter of human lives.”

Wilkerson made the comments in a conference call with reporters organized by Win Without War, which opposes a strike on Syria.

Before serving as Powell's chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, he worked as a special assistant to Powell when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the 1980s. He is now a professor at the College of William and Mary.