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The Deflated Legend Of Colin Powell
IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff

Posted on 09/20/2010 5:45:58 PM PDT by Kaslin

Punctured Pundit: Americans are grateful to Gen. Colin Powell for his exemplary service in uniform. But in his media-ordained role as political wise man, his knowledge and judgment leave a lot to be desired.

Powell is touted as a rare sage within the Republican Party (though it's a funny kind of Republican who endorses Barack Obama at the worst time imaginable for his GOP opponent, in October 2008). The media present him as a better angel of our nature who has chosen to belong to a hellish political organization dominated by intemperate ideologues.

When former Secretary of State Powell speaks, we are expected to shush those around us and prepare to receive his wisdom.

But on Sunday, Powell again and again proved his sage status to be little more than a myth. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," the biggest embarrassment came when the veteran of the last three Republican administrations took a shot at "his" party on immigration.

"We can't be anti-immigration," this son of Jamaican immigrants contended, "because immigrants are fueling this country. Without immigrants, America would be like Europe or Japan, with an aging population and no young people coming in to take care of it."

Come again?

(Excerpt) Read more at investors.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: colinpowell; howiecarrshow; illegalimmigration; profiling; theyreallovermyhouse

1 posted on 09/20/2010 5:45:59 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sorry, had min respect for him in uniform (we know why he was selected, and if you really look at what he did, he didn’t).

Now that he’s come out of the closet for full-fledged dim-bulb-crat idiocy, I have no respect for him whatsoever.

Just as McCain peed away his service kudos - so did Powell.

He is a mini mind - suited perfectly to be a progressive.

If you want African Americans with brains, try Justice Thomas, Walter Williams, and many many others - none of whom are libs.


2 posted on 09/20/2010 5:50:00 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
Powell is no republican, he just wore the party colors in the 80's so he could get a foothold with the Reagan administration. It worked, and GHWBush helped him along, and after the first Gulf War he was in like flint.

No reason to change a successful formula then, even if it is fraudulent. The gibberish he spews since endorsing Obama illustrates his true colors.

Plus, he doesn't sound very intelligent. Pompous yes. Intelligent no.

3 posted on 09/20/2010 5:53:22 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 09/20/2010 5:55:15 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: Kaslin

Powell is nothing more than a libtard, he should quietly go away, and quickly.


5 posted on 09/20/2010 5:55:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Kaslin
The link to the IBD article seems to be incorrect. Here it is.

The Deflated Legend...

6 posted on 09/20/2010 5:55:48 PM PDT by buschbaby (Beware! Momma Bear on the prowl. Grrrr)
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To: Da Coyote

Ditto!


7 posted on 09/20/2010 5:57:49 PM PDT by TaMoDee
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To: Kaslin

The executive branch version of Mike Castle. Decaffeinated coffee, nobody ever drinks it but you gotta keep it on for appearances.


8 posted on 09/20/2010 5:59:38 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Kaslin

Powell is having too much of his punditry constructed by illegals working at his house.


9 posted on 09/20/2010 6:00:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Powell is having too much of his punditry constructed by illegals working at his house.


10 posted on 09/20/2010 6:00:22 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Da Coyote

The number one reason people should have absolutely no respect for this charlatain is his complicity in the Valerie Plame scandal.

It is stunning to me that many, even here on FR know nothing of his involvement and coverup in that case. How you ask?

When Robert Novak published his article that named her, Powell was Sec. of State in the Bush Administration. His deputy, Richard Armitage came to Powell to let him know it was he that spoke to Novak of Plame.

So what did Powell do? He told Armitage not to say a word of it to anyone else, not even the soon to be appointed Special Prosecutor Fitzpatrick.

That SOB let our troops and their CIC hang in the political wind for 18 months while they were going through the worst of the insurgency in Iraq and that also led to the prosecution of Scooter Libbey just because his recount of facts did not match those of Tim Russert.

It was later discovered that even before Fitz started his investigation, he was aware of the Armitage story but continued with the investigation to justify his “government” job for as long as he could.


11 posted on 09/20/2010 6:02:37 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio - US Senate, West FL22nd, Scott/Carroll - FL Gov/LtGov, Miller-AK US Senate)
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To: hinckley buzzard

It’s impossible to avoid the conclusion that Powell was pure political opportunist as he courted his advancement under the Reagan and Bush (I) administrations. His military rise was stalled (no division command etc.) so he went the bureaucratic/political route passing himself off as a “Republican”.....

No evidence since that he actually has any conservative leanings never mind genuine principled convictions — he is a socialist of the Obama/Hillary variety, as he proved in Oct. 2008 when his RINO pal McCain was stabbed in the back in the final weeks of the electoral season.


12 posted on 09/20/2010 6:04:42 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: Kaslin

A large cleansing enema for the General was the only thing I could think of while watching Powell’s colon Sunday. Otherwise he will continue to be full of s**t.


13 posted on 09/20/2010 6:05:56 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Kaslin

Powell had an admirable military career and did a decent job as Secretary of State. When it comes to politics, he is a total idiotic buffoon.


14 posted on 09/20/2010 6:07:20 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: mazda77

execellent point -— Powell’s behavior during Plamegate was unscrupulous, despicable, and extremely bad for the nation

He alone could have averted much unjustifiable and malicious torment for the public, the INNOCENT WH staff, and the troops -— to have the WH unnecessarily smeared, dragged through the mud, and “investigated” for 18 months at the height of a difficult wartime situation -— Powell should be despised for that above all


15 posted on 09/20/2010 6:10:01 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: mazda77

Stupid question: Why did Bush let this happen?


16 posted on 09/20/2010 6:11:52 PM PDT by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: Kaslin

Scratch the surface of this perfumed prince and you will find a Democrat crying to get out.He was a Republican in name under the Reagan and Bush administrations because his career advancement demanded it. Left to his own devises he is a pedestrian Democrat.


17 posted on 09/20/2010 6:16:27 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: Kaslin

I have lost a great deal of respect for Colon Bowell and he is the architect of his own downfall.


18 posted on 09/20/2010 6:17:09 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Kaslin

Has Powell ever gotten over his Schwarzkopf envy? His whining about all the attention paid to Norman during the GW was very unbecoming.


19 posted on 09/20/2010 6:17:16 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: Kaslin

Rush just shredded him all program long today.

Powell went from “we’re gonna cut it off and then we’re gonna kill it” to being a limo liberal.


20 posted on 09/20/2010 6:21:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin

I wish ØBozo would wrap his arms around him so that more of the undecided can realize what a POS Powell REALLY is!


21 posted on 09/20/2010 6:25:11 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Paladin2
THEY'RE ALL OVER MY HOUSE..

Audio 4:49 min and 15:50 min on Powell (Replacement guest being interviewed) was made sport of today on the Howie Carr show (Boston's WRKO) when Powell said he had illegal immigrants "running all over my house" doing work for him, he said in the interview with David Gregory..don't you as well? "I am sure you have seen them at your house"!

Howie laughed and said Colin made it sound like the statements one makes when you need Pest control! from varmints running all over my house!"

Caller Larry from Maine: How did Powell know that the immigrants were illegals

Was this Colin doing some racial profiling or linquistic profiling?

The whole show is funny when Powell goes on "smuggly" as if everyone needs illegals in their elitist set to get things done they themselves won't do. Wait: Contractors have said their unemployment rate is 40%.

More serious nature of an illegal being arrested 15 times included driving drunk.

Powell said these illegals have no status--Howie chimed in they do have a status, an Illegal status.

The questions to the "had to be embarrassed" President are also included.

22 posted on 09/20/2010 6:28:35 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: KC_Conspirator
Powell had an admirable military career and did a decent job as Secretary of State. When it comes to politics, he is a total idiotic buffoon.

I had always heard that he was the same opportunistic snake in the grass while in the Army as he is now....

23 posted on 09/20/2010 6:29:53 PM PDT by CASchack
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To: Kaslin

How many White men did he help get ahead in the military?


24 posted on 09/20/2010 6:42:33 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Kaslin

Messenger boy for George Bush to General Schwartzkoff.


25 posted on 09/20/2010 6:49:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: CASchack

“I had always heard that he was the same opportunistic snake in the grass while in the Army as he is now....”

His biggest asset was being an opportunist who knows how to play the PC Affirmative action game. I can remember some top Army brass saying that much better qualified candidates were passed over so that Colin could advance.. The motive for this....to prove that Repubs were not racist?
We can thank the Bush family for Colon Bowel serving in the top military positions, and again as Secretary of State.


26 posted on 09/20/2010 7:06:09 PM PDT by Islander2
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To: mazda77

Right on, it was a exercise of cowardice.


27 posted on 09/20/2010 7:11:05 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: mazda77
It is stunning to me that many, even here on FR know nothing of his involvement and coverup in that case.

I have known about Powell's duplicity since it became public. That is why I believe Powell is a traitor to our Country.

Not because he did it to Bush but because he did it to our Country and the Presidency during a time of war.

Powell is nothing but political slime and was even in uniform. A political hack who climbed the ladder on politics and not on ability.

28 posted on 09/20/2010 7:13:57 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: mazda77

As Secretary of State in late ‘02 and ‘03 Powell was forced to argue the case to invade Iraq in the U.N. He hated having to do that dedicated himself to avenging his humiliation on Bush from that moment on, Armitage/Plame was the first such opportunity. By this time GWB had completely lost his mojo and gave us conservatives fits for the next four years as he refused to defend himself and his cabinet against all the scurrilous attacks.


29 posted on 09/20/2010 7:28:18 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Who cares what his perceived reasons were and I don’t buy it in the first place. Remember, everyone was singing the same tune on the situation in Iraq. They did find the 500+ tons of yellow cake and disposal of chemical and biological precusors was as simple as dumping them in the desert.

US Intel, British Intel, Israeli Intel, French Intel, German Intel and the list goes on. Baseline he was an oportunistic coward and the Plame scandal just iced the perception many had opined on.

GW never stood his ground politically or personally to answer the lies and misunderestimation of his character. I could give you a long list of Progressive policies he helped to foist on us and I cannot absolve him for those, especially TARP.

As the saying goes; It only takes one Aw Shoot to erase a boatload of atta boys.


30 posted on 09/20/2010 7:40:48 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio - US Senate, West FL22nd, Scott/Carroll - FL Gov/LtGov, Miller-AK US Senate)
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To: mazda77

My own personal reasons why I find some of Bush’s polices have less to do with the Plame standard then his treatment of 2 border agents.

Nothing like watching Republican support dissolve over a few progressive policies and then watching them find out the hard way why having a “reactionary” left is a far worse deal.

As for the Aww Shoot,it is how you handle the cleanup afterwards that is kinda of important.


31 posted on 09/20/2010 7:45:44 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: bereanway

NO. Norm, if he shared his real feelings, would probably say Powell is an A-Hole.


32 posted on 09/20/2010 7:45:49 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: LeonardFMason
I must say that the one thing Powell did right was knowing he did not have the ability to plan or execute a real war. He thankfully left that to “Stormin’ Norman.”

If Powell had tried to command the war it would have been a goat rope of epic proportions.

33 posted on 09/20/2010 8:11:51 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Da Coyote
From Mars Attacks:

General Casey: [talking on phone] Hello? This is General Casey. I get to meet the Martian Ambassador! Ain't that great? Oh, it's a hell of an honor.

But didn't I always tell you honey, if I just stayed in place and never spoke up, good things are bound to happen. Yeah... Ok

[makes kissing noises and ends the phone call]

34 posted on 09/20/2010 8:17:54 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Enchante
Juan McCain was exactly the reach across the aisle bipartisan RINO type of Republican which Powell would have us believe he is and Powell stabbed McCain in the back.

I've got far more respect for the RINO contingent who stood by McCain-- Rudy, Romney and Huck. And that ain't saying much.

35 posted on 09/20/2010 9:00:26 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin

There’s a reason for everything. Who dusted off Powell and put him in front of the camera? And why?


36 posted on 09/20/2010 9:10:27 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: fight_truth_decay

I thought Robert Rubin was worried that stimulus money for construction would give too many jobs to white men.


37 posted on 09/21/2010 1:47:38 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Enchante

Thats the payment he made to get his son on the government nipple and into the money game.


38 posted on 09/21/2010 3:59:46 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: chuckee

“Left to his own devises he is a pedestrian Democrat.”

That’s a fact.


39 posted on 09/21/2010 8:04:58 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: OldMissileer

Powell was vehemently OPPOSED to the Gulf War (GWI). He only “supported” it when it became obvious to him he would suffer professionally if he did not. Powell is an opportunist; a man with little talent other than he knows whose asses to kiss in order to secure advancement.


40 posted on 09/21/2010 8:11:18 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: OldMissileer

ANYBODY could beat Saddam Hussein with 550,000 pre-Clintoon downsizing American troops.


41 posted on 09/21/2010 8:16:29 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL OR REBEL! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Kaslin

Another black ‘conservative’ showing their true colors.


42 posted on 09/22/2010 9:48:52 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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