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Woodward Hints at Powell as Next SecDef
Military.com ^ | October 01, 2010 | Ward Carroll

Posted on 10/03/2010 8:46:27 AM PDT by Abathar

Legendary author and reporter Bob Woodward indicated that former JCS Chairman and Secretary of State Colin Powell might get the nod to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense when Gates leaves in 2011.

“I’ve heard suggestions that [President Obama] might lean on Colin Powell,” Woodward said to Military.com during an exclusive interview behind the release of Obama’s Wars, his latest book. “Obama needs some good news in this war,” he added with the notion that persuading Powell to take the job would certainly be a good move in the eyes of most of the American public. Woodward also pointed out that the Powell Doctrine deals with the use of overwhelming force, which could mean Powell’s instincts might be to ask for even more troops in order to end the war faster and more definitively.

Obama’s Wars is Woodward’s latest look at the innermost workings in and around Washington’s halls of power, and the book gives some of the most detailed behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Obama White House to date.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: colinpowell; secdef
*sigh*
1 posted on 10/03/2010 8:46:33 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

If Powell wants it he will almost certainly get it. It will almost as certainly be a disaster.


2 posted on 10/03/2010 8:52:10 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: Abathar

Zero trying to get Powell to take over his job as CIC, without the title. Is Powell really that stupid?


3 posted on 10/03/2010 8:52:40 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Abathar
“Obama needs some good news in this war,”

Yeah, everything else is just peaches and cream....sh!ts and giggles....when it comes to that JOTUS in the Oval Office.

4 posted on 10/03/2010 8:54:07 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Abathar

I would not see this as a positive move.


5 posted on 10/03/2010 8:54:21 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Howie66

No it would not be, probably be a disaster IMHO but since when has that ever been a deterrent to Obama?


6 posted on 10/03/2010 8:56:45 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Marty62

Yep!


7 posted on 10/03/2010 8:56:55 AM PDT by conservativesister
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To: Abathar

Would not be surprised


8 posted on 10/03/2010 8:57:31 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Abathar

Great! All we need is a yellow turn oat as Sec. of Defense!


9 posted on 10/03/2010 8:57:38 AM PDT by Paperdoll (Socialism is Suicide!)
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To: Abathar

Powell is such a hypocrite. He was coddled and brought along by Republicans when he really was nothing special, except an especially good boot-licker. Then he ingratiated himself with media by leaking all the time. He then endorses Bambi only because of race, when McCain was the kind of Republican Powell said the GOP should put forth as a candidate: moderate, works both sides of aisle, etc. McCain was also highly regarded by veterans as a POW. Powell’s aide Richard started the whole Valerie Plame blame game which got Scooter Libby jailed and tied down Rove for 2-3 years. Powell is just a POS and he does not deserve any further consideration. But of course so is Bambi, so Powell will probably drive the final nail into our country’s defense effort’s coffin with a smile on his and Bambi’s faces.


10 posted on 10/03/2010 8:58:52 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Marty62

“Is Powell really that stupid?”

Sadly, I think maybe he is.


11 posted on 10/03/2010 8:58:59 AM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: Abathar

That would say more about Powell than it would about the person who claims to be President. I don’t know who, in their right mind, would want to be associated with that administration.


12 posted on 10/03/2010 8:59:41 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: Abathar

AA queen/gofer/functionary Colin Powell will not get appointed SecDef. In order for Obama to preserve some shreds of credibility with white voters in 2012, some older white guy (willing to play Obama’s stooge) like Gates will get the appointment


13 posted on 10/03/2010 9:09:45 AM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confuscius.)
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To: Abathar
Powell got moved up the ladder when Ability and Merit were thrown out the window and race became the preference in spite of a persons incapacity.
14 posted on 10/03/2010 9:11:00 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Abathar

How about Togo West ?!?!?


15 posted on 10/03/2010 9:12:48 AM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confuscius.)
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To: dennisw

Just in case you are wrong, and uhbama knows he owes a payback to the man without a core, and this happens, I feel sorry for our military and in turn, for all of us.


16 posted on 10/03/2010 9:14:46 AM PDT by Republic (The entire White House presidential team needs to grow up and face facts!)
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To: Marty62

Is Powell really that stupid?>>>>>>>>

CP would lunge for this appointment. This is the collision point for vanity and lust for power and lust to be back in the game. The DC game that is


17 posted on 10/03/2010 9:16:55 AM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confuscius.)
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To: Abathar

Gee I thought Wesley Clark would have been a shoo-in.


18 posted on 10/03/2010 9:20:58 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff
Well I must say that in Obama's eyes he has one outstanding qualification ... He's Black ....
19 posted on 10/03/2010 9:49:13 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Abathar

We need to increase our prayers for our military....seriously!


20 posted on 10/03/2010 10:05:26 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Abathar

“No it would not be, probably be a disaster IMHO but since when has that ever been a deterrent to Obama?”

With Stroker, the pattern is that if it’s harmful to the country, he’ll run with it. SecDef Powell would be as huge a disaster as Robert McNamara in my humble but honest opinion.

Thus, he’ll do it.


21 posted on 10/03/2010 10:06:20 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: dennisw

He’s got to energize his base, too.


22 posted on 10/03/2010 10:11:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Abathar

“*sigh*”

Dittos.


23 posted on 10/03/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT by MestaMachine (De inimico non loquaris sed cogites- Don't wish ill for your enemy; plan it)
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To: windcliff

I was thinking the same thing, Clark is just the kind of a$$hole Obama would love to have there.


24 posted on 10/03/2010 10:43:23 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Abathar

I would have thought of him as a good choice, experienced as he is, but since the Scooter Libby episode where he and Armitage lent themselves to Fitzgerald’s game (and let an innocent man take the fall knowingly) I’ve lost what respect I still had for him. The Libby episode was a character test that he and Armitage failed. At least Armitage spoke out in the end, after it was too late to help Libby. Powell never did.


25 posted on 10/03/2010 10:50:35 AM PDT by marron
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To: marron; Abathar

For the best description yet of Colon Bowel, see the excellent post at #10.

Mahalo


26 posted on 10/03/2010 11:24:51 AM PDT by Islander2
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To: Abathar
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Even Colin Powell isn't that STUPID ...

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27 posted on 10/03/2010 11:51:32 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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To: shalom aleichem
"Powell is such a hypocrite."

Nail on the head. The guy's an empty suit.
28 posted on 10/03/2010 11:57:05 AM PDT by indthkr
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To: marron
At least Armitage spoke out in the end, after it was too late to help Libby. Powell never did.

Well said and exactly right. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Powell is a man without honor.

29 posted on 10/03/2010 12:37:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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