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Powell Salutes Obama, Worries About Wars

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Posted on Apr 10, 2008
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Gen. Colin Powell won’t say who will get his vote this November, but on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” the former secretary of state put in a good word for all three front-runners, praised Obama’s Rev. Wright speech and worried that the U.S. armed forces are becoming “very, very stretched” by the protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Powell, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the administration of President George H.W. Bush and the first Gulf War, expressed concern over the burden an extended stay in Iraq would put on the troops and the country’s military forces.

“It’s going to be far more than the 100,000 that Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates was hoping for. It’s going to be like 130,000 or 140,000. That is an extremely difficult burden for the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, to keep up,” Powell told “Good Morning America.”

Powell also expressed reservations about the two-front combat in which the United States finds itself: surging in Iraq while trying to maintain control in Afghanistan.

“We have responsibilities in Afghanistan. And in some ways, Afghanistan is more difficult than Iraq. You have the tribal problems. You had drug lords running around ... and al Qaeda and the Taliban are making a resurgence,” Powell said.

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By weather, April 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Powell is a great disappointment, but so are so many others.

I’d like to believe Colin Powell seeks to make right what he can and deserves full consideration.

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By Hoang, April 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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During the time Powell served faithfully as a mouthpiece for Cheney in the runup to the War On Iraq, this guy has destroyed all of his own credibility and the “respect” people had had for him—especially after his oscar-winning performance at the UN. If he still has any shred of self-respect, he should keep his mouth shut and disappear. I was disgusted to see his face on the TV this morning, and i immediately turned off the TV.

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By 1twenty1, April 11, 2008 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

It’s obvious to me that Powell is in job-hunting mode.  Nice of you, Mr. O’Keefe, to provide him with a cover letter avenue.

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By jatihoon, April 11, 2008 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

All these guys are opportunist, large “dollar”, signs, hanging in front of their eyes, blocking there brain. More stupid and controversial they are, the more money and book deals they get.Gen. Powell was fired by Bush, he never resigned.He was berated by Harry Balafonte during gen. tenure in Bush admistration, look how these guys try to destroy Balafonte patriotism. Show me one speech he made, since he was fired, in which he deplored Bush war policies. I like Obama, but I like McCain too…..and he is still getting press.

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By DennisD, April 11, 2008 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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Powell Worries About Wars -

A little late isn’t it Colin. You were a player for team Bu$h Inc. Your inability to be a stand up guy and tell the truth or accept any responsibility for the wars you now worry so much about says it all. 

Once a Bu$hie, always a Bu$hie.

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 11, 2008 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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i got good news, folks! i’ve been missing fascism for at least 60 years. it wasn’t fascism that destroyed would-be state of palestine but communism and capitalism. and i speak as a socialist, who would vote for communists rather than ‘democrats’.
powell has jumped the ship. thank you god/baal/allah/yahweh for your small; nay, make it tiny mercies.
these four idiots never got along and they may not ever. and, being mighty or almighty, they can turn us into people or animals at any time.
right now, it’s yahweh and allah that turn some of us into animals. thank you.

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By Thomas Billis, April 11, 2008 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

How many funerals of the Americans killed in Iraq has Powell attended?This lowlife who knew better and could have been a major force in avoiding us invading Iraq should be tried as a war criminal along with the rest of this cabal.The short memory of the American people is on display again.Why would anyone care what he thinks on anything.He had his moment to be a great American and he decided to become one of the stooges.

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By Expat, April 11, 2008 at 1:35 am Link to this comment

^ PMs.  I PM’d you.  I agree with your post, my feelings too.

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By Outraged, April 11, 2008 at 1:31 am Link to this comment

Possibly, a little “whistle-blowing” would be in order if Powell is legit.  Along with Tenet, for example.  If they truly care about Americans or America, these two are on the front lines concerning truth.  But let’s not be shallow and forget Condi.

Spit it out folks, you as well as I know,  it’s NOW or never.  Of course there’s always the history books, but that’s an after the fact unseemly picture, and you’ll probably be dead by then.  You know that’s the way it goes.  Of course, you haven’t a family who will have to contend with it, do you..?  I guess it’s a tough decision, “me the truthteller” or my “family the victim of my inadequacies”.

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By Maani, April 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

I concur with all.  Unless and until Powell openly, genuinely, humbly and seriously apologizes for the conscious lying he did at the U.N., he should expect NO respect from anyone.

Peace.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 10, 2008 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

I concur, jackpine savage! For a short time during his tenure, I developed a liking and respect for Powell. Unfortunately, this feeling was short-lived, and it actually turned to despise after his “dog and pony show” at the United Nations, where he obviously played the Devil’s advocate.

Since Powell’s stand in the United Nations, I lost all hope in the possibility that any politician can have dignity and principles. So now, when Powell’s name is brought up, it conjures up painful memories about a time when I finally lost all hope in the humanity of the class called political-military people. They are in my eyes now the scum of the earth!

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By Point of view, April 10, 2008 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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Of everyone that had a hand in getting us into Iraq, Powell was the first one to jump ship, and he did big time, when he realized the whole thing stunk.

As I recall no one was more pissed than him when he found out the “weapons of mass destruction” info he presented at the UN was garbage.

I’d like to see him have a role in an Obama administration (if there is a convergence on policy opinion between them).

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By jackpine savage, April 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

Sorry Mr/Gen/Sec Powell…i used to respect you, but not after the dog and pony show at the UN.

While we know that he was cautioning against the Iraq adventure within the administration…because it broke every tenet of the Powell Doctrine…we needed a well respected man, such as Gen Powell, to put the brakes on publicly.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice…won’t get fooled again.

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By TDoff, April 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Remember that Powell, like all current and former members in good standing of the Bush maladministration, lies. Constantly. Incessantly. It’s their survival mechanism.
It’s their defense against Truth, which is their enemy.
Truth, Reality, Justice, is their axis of evil.

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