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August 25, 2013
I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.
Colin Powell • Offering a mixed reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict—suggesting it was a bad decision but also that the decision may have a limited impact in the long run.
18:20 // 1 year ago
January 22, 2013
Republicans have to stop buying into things that demonize the president. I mean, why aren’t Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They should speak out. This is the kind of intolerance that I’ve been talking about where these idiot presentations continue to be made and you don’t see the senior leadership of the party say, ‘No, that’s wrong.’ In fact, sometimes by not speaking out, they’re encouraging it. And the base keeps buying the stuff.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell • Criticizing unidentified members of the Republican Party during a Monday night appearance on ABC News. The registered Republican, who some have started calling a RINO (Republican In Name Only) after he voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, has repeatedly criticized the fringe elements of his party in recent days, though Powell has continued to insist that he simply wants to see his party grow. Powell also spoke out against what he perceived to be Republican efforts to intentionally lower voter turnout in places where Republican candidates were not polling well during a Monday morning appearance on MSNBC. source
14:16 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans
(Photo: Meet the Press)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.
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Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans

(Photo: Meet the Press)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.

Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

(via nbcnews)

14:45 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. The real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. That’s despicable.
Retired Army Colonel and former aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson • Diving headfirst, in the most blunt terms possible, into the media dust-up kicked off last Thursday by Romney surrogate John Sununu. Responding to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had endorsed President Obama, Sununu suggested that Powell had a “slightly different” reason for doing it than politics – namely, his race. Sununu reversed course on this today, saying “I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” but not before Wilkerson unleashed this incendiary attack on some of his fellow Republicans. An attack which, frankly, seems destined to generate a lot more heat than it does light. source
14:48 // 1 year ago
October 25, 2012

Colin Powell endorses President Obama for reelection: This is big news; Powell, a Republican, commands massive respect from partisans on both sides of the aisle, and his endorsement is one of the most sought-after in politics. Powell says that he "saw the president get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war, and did not get us into any new wars," and commends his anti-terrorism policies as "very, very solid." Some had suggested that Powell, who endorsed Obama in 2008, would sit this election out and opt not to endorse anybody. source

14:29 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2012
[I have] a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married under the laws of their state or the laws of the country.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell • Voicing support for same-sex marriage on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” Powell, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy went into effect, also said that policy was needed at the time due to political pressures. ”It was the Congress that imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ it was certainly my position, my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred,” he said.
15:57 // 2 years ago
May 22, 2012
Colin Powell still hasn’t endorsed a candidate for president
Powell not ready to “throw my weight” behind anyone: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is making a trip around the media circuit to promote his latest book, but all people want to ask him about is who he’ll support in the upcoming election. Maybe he’d make this announcement on a morning talk show, right? Wrong. He did offer a mixed review of President Obama’s first term in office, listing Guantanamo Bay as a failure and the more stable economy as a success. Powell endorsed Obama in 2008. source
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Powell not ready to “throw my weight” behind anyone: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is making a trip around the media circuit to promote his latest book, but all people want to ask him about is who he’ll support in the upcoming election. Maybe he’d make this announcement on a morning talk show, right? Wrong. He did offer a mixed review of President Obama’s first term in office, listing Guantanamo Bay as a failure and the more stable economy as a success. Powell endorsed Obama in 2008. source

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14:30 // 2 years ago
September 10, 2011
bilalr:

“Do I regret it? Of course,” Colin Powell to Al Jazeera on being the face of false intelligence on Iraq. Watch the interview here.

Powell emphasizes that the information was combed over before he presented it, and even rejected information that seemed sketchy. “It was nothing I made up. It was nothing I stuck in there.” He found out later after giving a speech to the United Nations that the sourcing of the information was spotty — despite originally being told it wasn’t. A must-watch.

bilalr:

“Do I regret it? Of course,” Colin Powell to Al Jazeera on being the face of false intelligence on Iraq. Watch the interview here.

Powell emphasizes that the information was combed over before he presented it, and even rejected information that seemed sketchy. “It was nothing I made up. It was nothing I stuck in there.” He found out later after giving a speech to the United Nations that the sourcing of the information was spotty — despite originally being told it wasn’t. A must-watch.

14:09 // 2 years ago