General Colin Powell
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See: Phoenix programme My Lai massacre
[2011 Feb] GORDON DUFF: AMERICA’S MURDERER-DIPLOMAT IN PAKISTAN, A STRANGE TALE (videos) America’s credibility around the world was destroyed the day Colin Powell went before the United Nations with his imaginary “slam dunk” proof of Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs. It wasn’t his personal reputation he destroyed that day, it was America’s. Nations always lie, sometimes with good reason. That day, lying became a national policy for the United States, lying to the world and, especially lying to the American people. Powell hit a 10.0 on the Richter Scale of lies that day. That day, while the molten granite and steel beneath the World Trade Center continued to cool, Powell got away with it.
Quotes by Powell
"That's not really a number I'm terribly interested in." - General Colin Powell, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, on being asked his assessment of Iraqi military and civilian casualties, April 1991
“We burned down the thatched huts, starting the blaze with Ronson and Zippo lighters......Why were we torching houses and destroying crops? Ho Chi Minh had said the people were like the sea in which his guerrillas swam. ... We tried to solve the problem by making the whole sea uninhabitable. In the hard logic of war, what difference did it make if you shot your enemy or starved him to death?” ---General Colin Powell
How did Colin Powell get in there? We may never know the whole story, but one critical piece of information is he served to conceal the My Lai massacre, proving his "trustworthiness". My Lai did become public despite his efforts to smother it, but his credentials were sealed by his attempt. 500 civilians were murdered, as we all know, but the Powells of the world kept the 60,000 others just like them killed in Operation Phoenix from coming to light. The death tolls from the daily body counts merged into a blur, and nobody noticed mass murders orchestrated by the US power elites.
"Condelleza Rice and Colin Powell are both dangerous people. What they did in Haiti [2004 U.S.-backed coup that ousted democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide] is a good measure of it. They destroyed a democracy. They squelched loans that had been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. They did everything behind the scenes, including arming the thugs that came to overrun the country. They're frauds."--Randall Robinson
Behind Colin Powell's Legend The Original Five-Part Series
Powell's Legend: Part One
Retired Gen. Colin Powell has given some legitimacy to George W. Bush's dubious election. But what's the real story behind the Powell legend, from My Lai to Iran-contra to the Persian Gulf War? By Robert Parry & Norman Solomon. December 17, 2000.
Powell's Legend: Part Two
Colin Powell emerged from the Iran-contra scandal with his reputation intact, but a review of the secret evidence shows that the scandal might never have happened but for Powell's circumventing Pentagon rules -- and flouting the law. December 19, 2000
Powell's Legend: Part Three
In late 1986, the desperate call went out to Gen. Colin Powell at his command in West Germany. He was needed back in Washington to save Ronald Reagan. December 22, 2000
Powell's Legend: Part Four
Colin Powell achieved his icon status through his command of U.S. forces in the Panama invasion and the Persian Gulf War. But his acclaim came at a price. December 26, 2000
Powell's Legend: Part Five
Gen. Powell's reputation for integrity dodged a bullet when President George H.W. Bush halted the Iran-contra investigation in late 1992. This last segment of the series shows how Powell went on to near-universal acclaim with the Washington press corps. December 27, 2000
More Recent Updates
The Truth about
Few modern Americans have enjoyed better press clippings than Colin Powell, which made him the perfect choice to sell the Iraq War. But there was a troubling side of Powell's history that Americans should have known, as this excerpt from Neck Deep reveals. November 28, 2007
Death of an American
At one of America's darkest moments -- the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians in 1968 -- an American helicopter pilot named Hugh Thompson risked his life and his reputation to do the right thing, placing himself and his door-gunner between rampaging U.S. soldiers and fleeing Vietnamese civilians. Thompson's death last week at the age of 62 stirs timely thoughts about the meaning of true heroism and the danger of false hero-worship. January 10, 2006
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's latest attempt to shift the blame for his false Iraq testimony onto mid-level intelligence analysts has prompted more questions about Powell's credibility. The evidence indicates that the savvy Powell knew the shortcomings of his 2003 speech to the United Nations before he delivered it. September 17, 2005
Colin Powell Being
In his first in-depth interview since resigning as secretary of state, Colin Powell blames lower-level CIA analysts for his false testimony to the United Nations about Iraqi WMD. Powell also confides that he's in pain over the blot that the UN speech has left on his reputation. To critics, the interview is just the latest example of Powell's lifetime of political opportunism. September 13, 2005
Colin Powell: Failed
The U.S. news media is having trouble understanding how longtime hero, Secretary of State Colin Powell, let himself be used and now dumped by George W. Bush and his neoconservative administration. But the answer lies in a clear-eyed examination of Powell's career history: he's always been an opportunist, only this time he outsmarted himself. A Special Report. November 26, 2004
Trust Colin Powell?
The U.S. news media couldn't heap enough praise on Colin Powell's Iraq war presentation to the United Nations. But there are two historical precedents that should give pause about Powell's trustworthiness. A retrospective. February 6, 2003