Colin Powell

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(soldier, politician, spook)
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BornColin Luther Powell
1937-04-05
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materCity College of New York
ReligionEpiscopalian
SpouseAlma Johnson
PartyRepublican

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In office
January 20, 2001 - January 26, 2005
DeputyRichard Armitage
Preceded byMadeleine Albright
Succeeded byCondoleezza Rice

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In office
October 1, 1989 - September 30, 1993
BossLes Aspin
Preceded byWilliam J. Crowe
Succeeded byDavid E. Jeremiah

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In office
November 23, 1987 - January 20, 1989
DeputyJohn Negroponte
Preceded byFrank Carlucci

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In office
January 1987 - November 22, 1987
Preceded byPeter Rodman
Succeeded byJohn Negroponte

Vietnam War

In his autobiography, Powell said he is haunted by the nightmare of the Vietnam War and felt that the leadership was very ineffective. When Tom Glen, a young specialist fourth class, wrote a letter to his superiors alleging "routine brutality against civilians", Major Powell wrote back that "There may be isolated cases of mistreatment of civilians and POWs... [but] this by no means reflects the general attitude throughout the Division.” Without interviewing Glen, he claimed that U.S. soldiers in Vietnam were taught to treat the Vietnamese courteously and respectfully, noting that US troops also had gone through an hour-long course on how to treat prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.[1]

Normalization of terror

Colin Powell said after the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, that “[Terrorism] is the cost of doing business and it's not just something that can happen overseas but, as this community knows better than anyone, it can happen here... I think there are limits to what you can do in a free society.” [2]

Cabal allegation

In 1993, Harry Miller, a Vietnam War veteran, sued Colin Powell, together with Bill Clinton, Larry Silverstein, Richard Nixon and Ross Perot, alleging that they had perpetrated acts including serial murder for 25 years, since the war in Vietnam, as part of a conspiracy to distribute heroin. In January 1994, a New York court threw out the suit; an appeal by Miller was later rejected. The suit was not reported by the commercially-controlled media at the time.[3]

9/11

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11

On 9-11 he was Secretary of State. He met with General Mahmoud Ahmad two days after 9-11.[4]

Iraq War

In September 2015, Colin Powell defended the decision to go to war in Iraq even though it was based on faulty intelligence about the existence of weapons of mass destruction. The war had become a flashpoint in the 2016 US presidential election, with every contender criticising the move and those in office at the time distancing themselves from their votes in support of it.

It became a particular challenge for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who faced added pressure to disavow the invasion because it was spearheaded by his brother, former President George W. Bush. Powell told NBC's Meet the Press:

"If we had known the intelligence was wrong, we would not have gone into Iraq. But the intelligence community, all 16 agencies, assured us that it was right."[5]

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Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (state)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting

 

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