Colin Powell is a Hypocrite
by: Kev - August 29th, 2011 Add Comment
Former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s book, “In My Time” is due to come out August 30th (tomorrow in fact) and in it, he discuses the different figures in the Bush Administration. Obviously, I have not read the book yet, but one part that has been talked about, by Cheney and others, is his criticism of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
In the book, the former Vice-President reportedly claims that Secretary Powell, tried to undermine Bush by criticizing administration policy to people outside the government. Powell has responded by saying Cheney is taking “cheap shots” at him in his book.
Oh really, Mr Powell?
It is well known in media circles that when Powell was Secretary of State, he had his people at the State Department go to the media continually to try and maintain his “moderate image”. The war in Iraq was just one example where it was “leaked” that Secretary Powell was in disagreement with others at the White House, including Vice-President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Now, Powell did make the case for the Invasion of Iraq, but he let it be known far and wide, that he supposedly advised against it and only agreed to it reluctantly. That’s a real stand up guy you want on your side, huh?
Let me share also the following, this is from an article in “The Guardian” from the U.K. on November 18th, 2004:
On one of Powell’s futile diplomatic trips, his informal conversation with reporters turned to a new book, The Accidental American: Tony Blair and the Presidency, by James Naughtie. In it, Powell is quoted as describing the neocons to British foreign minister, Jack Straw, as “****ing crazies”. That, the reporters suggested, might be an apt title for his next volume of memoirs. Powell laughed uncontrollably.
The Guardian Link:
In 2005, John R. Bolton was nominated to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Powell and Bolton had a very bad relationship and former Secretary Powell apparently conducted a behind the scenes campaign to get Bolton’s nomination shot down by the U.S. Senate. It seems Secretary Powell had a personal grudge against Bolton and wanted pay back.
In the 2008 campaign for President, the former Republican Secretary of State Powell, endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama. Mr Obama comes from the left wing of the Democratic party. So much for Powell being a “moderate Republican”. Powell claimed to support Obama because he was a “transformational figure.” Mr Powell needs to be honest and say why he really supported Obama. He supported Mr Obama because of his skin color and no other reason.
After he left the Bush Administration in 2004, he continually criticized the administration in an apparent or maybe transparent attempt to “wash his hands” of any association with President Bush and his White House.
Even his reason for leaving has been disputed. Several sources including Vice-President Cheney say that Powell was asked to resign. Powell claims it was always “the plan” to retire after President Bush’s first term.
Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for General Powell’s military service to our country, and I thank him for it. However, Secretary Powell was a whole different side of him. To claim, that he is taking “cheap shots” from Cheney, is pretty ridiculous when you consider the things Powell has done in the last decade.
It is time to come clean Mr Powell, and stop playing the victim card.