Skip to comments.Powell: America is no less safe under Obama administration
Posted on 02/21/2010 8:04:15 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
The facts do not suggest that America is any less safe under the leadership of President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday.
Powell said that a number of security programs set up under former President George W. Bush, including the Transportation Security Administration, are working well and the U.S. troops are aggressively pursuing the enemy.
I dont know where that claim comes from, Powell said. The bottom line answer is that the nation is still at risk..but to suggest that somehow weve become much less safer because of the administration isnt born out by the facts.
Powell indicated that he supports trying the suspected terrorists being held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the federal court system, but said he would hold the trials in remote locations.
The Obama administration originally planned to try Al Qaeda suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Manhattan before back-pedaling due to pushback from the public.
I have no problem with him being tried in our court system
I would not have picked downtown New York, said Powell, adding that the heavily populated area would have become a circus.
Obama was required by Goldwater-Nichols to submit a National Security Strategy by July 2009. None has been submitted nor published.
What strategy is Powell referring to?
That’s Powell-speak for “please, give me a job, Obama, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!”
>>What strategy is Powell referring to?<<
The strategy of a fellow black man.
powell gave up his quals as a man of integrity when he decided to vote for the TOTUS-reader whose only quality was the color of his skin (ignoring 1/2 of course).
This dorf must be angling for the Chief of Staff job (opening after Rahmbo gets canned).
Affirmative action generals should be FIRED or demoted.. or at least retired..
LOL! And those are only two of his better qualities.
He rendered himself so irrelavant with his October 2008 surprise by backstabbing exactly the type of RINO candidates he thinks Republicans should always nominate.
Go away, Colin. Nobody cares what you think anymore. Once upon a time, I thought you actually might make a decent president. Now, I don't even think you would make a decent dog catcher.
Sorry General Powell, you’re merely one of many useful idiots to Obama. You’re usefulness is long over.
Racial solidarity trumps every other principle for Colin Powell.
He's hardly unique in that respect. We're still proceeding along with Bush's 2006 NSS.
yeah, well we aren’t any safer, either.
Didn’t Obama promise us we would be loved the world over, with him playing nicey-nice at the helm?
Don’t see it, Powell....
Me thinks Colin is speaking out of his colon.
I remember a time when Powel’s name was being thrown around for president, really just because he’s black. Now just today I have read the same thing about Marco Rubio. Beware of identity politics - the object of your affection will usually put race before anything else.
Unless it is left-wing, marxist, socialist ideology. That will trump anything & everything... race, color, creed, family, blood, nationality, etc.
If it was a conservtative black (and yes, are some conservative blacks running now for political office) you won't see Colin (turncoat) Powell within a 1,000 miles of endorsing any conservative, black, white, red, yellow or brown. He or she would need two vital characteristics to get the vast majority of black votes..... 1) They're socialists and 2) They're black.
do I ditect a band-wagon..didn’t Powell vote FOR Obama?..??
Colin talks much more good than most people.
I’d rather have Gen. Powell advising the President than the dingdongs he usually listens to.
My gosh, I have to go to bed in a few minutes. Your comment, although correct, is not conducive to helping my sleep at all. :)
Does he mean no less safe than when he recommended that we not finish the job in Iraq the first time?
No less safe? I wonder if Powell would spout that same line if the Fruit of Kaboom bomber’s underpants blew up as intended? Thank God that bomb did not kill anyone, but Obama had nothing to do with its lack of success.
That was the first big dispute between the Realists and the NeoCons in the post cold war period. The Realists won that one.
The second big dispute between the Realists and the NeoCons was in the GW Bush White House that the NeoCons won and the decision was made to put the Afghan mission on hold and invade Iraq.
The third big dispute occurred in 2005 and 2006 when Bush was stuck in Iraq with no exit and Afghanistan was spinning out of control. The Realists won that one. The Iraq Study Group was convened and the NeoCons were replaced by the Realists.
The fourth big dispute was campaign 2000 when McCain campaigned on NeoCon foreign policies and Obama campaigned on Realist policies. The Realists won that one.
The next big dispute will be based on whether the NeoCons can get the empty vessel from Alaska elected. Can Randy Scheunemann, NeoCon and puppetmaster, manipulate the strings on Puppet Palin to get her elected?
Well, thank you. One can never have enough tinfoil.
This guy irks the hell out of me, first because he stopped us from taking out Saddam more than a decade earlier because of his “its vietnam” nonsense.
Then he backed Obama knowing Obama doesn’t stand for any of the principles he claims he believes in, just on the fact he was black.
Now he doubles down on that last stand to save face?
Powell, I respect your service to this nation, even when I have disagreed with your actions, but at this point, please, just go away.
This doesn't mean everyone in the group is going to agree with everyone else in the group on any or all particular issues.
So, Realist Bob Gates and Realist Brent Scowcroft may have disagreements over Iran, but nothing like the disagreement either of them would have with NeoCon Cheney or NeoCon Wolfowitz.
So, let me give you a little quiz.
Name that member of Obama's Cabinet who is a Realist who worked for both Brzezinski under Carter and Scowcroft under GHW Bush.
Name that Republican Realist who served as Reagan's Ambassador to Israel and Obama's Envoy to Hamas.
Here’s an example, Powell - by changing the ROE in Afghanistan and publicly stating his intentions to withdraw, Obama has made the world an even more dangerous place, as the end result will be the fall of that country to the taliban and a new base of operations for the taliban and al-Quaeda to plan and execute operations that will directly result in the deaths of innocent Americans.
Good enough for you?
Let’s see, um, Powell, the Realist, was the point man for W, the Neo-Con, at the UN selling the war in Iraq!?! Have I got that right?
Powell sold it at the UN based on the intelligence furnished by the NeoCons. And after Powell found out it was all a lie, it was a different story.
And, finally, in 2009, even Dick Cheney admitted the intelligence was "faulty".
Even Bush realized that he had been lied to and he abandoned NeoCon Scooter to die on the political battlefield because of it.
Ah! the intel was all a lie?
Perhaps if we stay in Iraq another century, we will eventually find the nukes, buried somewhere in the desert, along with the yellow cake.
The yellow cake is now in Canada. Several metric tonnes of it.
Cheney said it was faulty intel. To bad Chickenhawk Cheney was man enough to admit he lied.
BTW, what ever happened to Chalabi? The last I heard he was the leader of a very minor political party. To think he was the NeoCons' go to man in Iraq
I’ve never heard of Chalabi. I have heard the MI5 still stands by their intel.
If a statement is based on faulty intel how can it be called a lie?
They knew the intel was incorrect, and they tried to pass it off as correct. They lied about it.
But if it is any consolation, they fooled many for a while, including Powell.
One thing I’m still unsure of. Did the Realists hire the aliens to attack on 9-11-01 or did the Neo-Cons? Also, has Ron Paul said whether it was the Greys the Alpha Draconans or someone else? I’ve seen the video evidence too.
It was a conspiracy between the NeoCons and the TheoCons.
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