Skip to comments.Powell defends Clinton on Benghazi: ‘You can’t keep everything from happening’
Posted on 01/13/2013 12:50:52 PM PST by driftdiver
Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell defended current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying it could've happened under anyone's watch.
"I think she's had a distinguished record," Powell said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" broadcast Sunday. "And I don't think that this one incident--which is one of these things that those of us in government have been through many, many times where suddenly an action happens late at night ... I don't think it's a blot on her record."
"You're surprised," Powell said of the Sept. 11, 2o12, attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. "Somebody gets killed, something gets blown up. And then the after-action reports start and everybody wants to know who was at fault. Who was responsible? 'Why didn't you keep this from happening?' Well, you can't keep everything from happening.
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If the RNC was more like the Vatican, this guy would have been excommunicated and expelled from the party a long time ago.
One could ask Powell how many ambassadors died on his watch...which was zero. He’d sort of grin and admit that was true, but you can’t compare one era against another era. Then you’d ask him if he had ever disapproved security at any ambassador’s residence, and he’d grin and admit no.
End of story.
You can get authority from the president for the military to cross the border and rescue them.
Instead of letting them die.
It isn’t so much that these 4 Americans died. Its that they died after being refused aid or support from the President of the United States.
Oh and that he put them in a dangerous situation in the first place without adequate security or defense.
You can’t keep everything from happening. True.
Gun crimes will still happen with gun control or bans.
Attacks can still happen on embassy guarded with guns and off site support ready to come to their aid..
But the outcomes are much different Powell.. You should know that by now.
Was there ever a more worthless “general” than Colon Bowell?
The libs love this guy ... because at heart, he’s a Democrat.
Powell claims he is “still” a Republican, even after endorsing Obama twice.
Powell claims “There is a dark vein of intolerance” in the GOP.
David Gregory sets him up for several minutes of anti-Republican criticism.
Republicans must become more like Democrats - what else?
Here's the video link:
Powell and Hagel are both turncoats, but refuse to admit it.
Powell is nothing more than a left wing hack pretending to be a patriot and republican. The morons in the GOP still suck up to him because they think he gives them racial creds. Both are a danger to the republic
I spent a lot of my career working in embassies, some posh postings, others, not so much. Never did I for one minute doubt that if the enemy was storming the compound walls, they would react immediately. The closer one is to the water, the better the chance of a successful rescue operation. Benghazi is fairly close to the Med.
But thata is the job of the SOS Powell,k you turncoat!
Can’t keep a COVER-UP from happening? And how about those 37 survivors??? Why no interviews or depositions?? WAS THE COMPOUND A PRISON AND THE SURVIVORS WERE PRISONERS, HMMMM?? Was 0bama’s CIA running a SECRET PRISON at Benghazi, against 0bama’s own policies hmmmmm???? Was Benghazi attacked for its prisoners to be freed?????
Colin wants Hillary to get a free pass like he did in the Mai Lai Massacre in Viet Nam. His Affirmative Action promotions put him in an insulated position so that he couldn’t be criticised because he was a Negro!
Did Gregory ask him why he has not changed parties? He stays as a pubbie so he can criticize as ‘one who knows’.
More proof that he is stupid.
Powell is such a liberal @$$kisser. Lighten up Colin! Geeesh.
The epitome of the Affirmative Action Jackson
Put out front as the “spokesman” in order to put a “diverse” face on Operation Desert Storm.
And for no other reason.
From the article,
“I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem, and I’m still a Republican,” Powell said. “But in recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right, and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns.”
Powell ...will ...never ...get ...it.
ME protests: the hardline 'tele-Islamist' who brought anti-Islam film to Muslim world's attention
...but nobody had paid attention to its crude libels against the Prophet Mohammed until Mr Abdullah's show broadcast clips from it last weekend,... - Sept. 8-9
"It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival," Magariaf said.
"The intelligence source said no protests were happening before the attackers struck at about 9:35 p.m. local time last Tuesday. The account backs up claims by a purported Libyan security guard who told McClatchy Newspapers late last week that the area was quiet before the attack."
WASHINGTON - In the months leading up to his death, Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, worried about constant security threats in Benghazi and mentioned that his name was on an al Qaeda hit list, a source familiar with his thinking told CNN.
(Ambassador) RICE: -- "was a result, a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the US government had nothing to do with,..."
"The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a continuing security breach, and that credible information about possible attacks had been ignored. A U.S. official told POLITICO: There's no intelligence indicating that the attack in Benghazi was premeditated."
No doubt about it. There is no intelligence in the 0bama administration.
There is already one Democrat Party and we don't need another. We need a conservative party to represent those of us who are not, and don't want to be, affiliated with either of the two Democrat parties.
There will be multiple problems in creating a conservative party -- the "news" and entertainment media, politicians who are happy to be elected or reelected regardless of whether as Democrats or Democrats Lite, and even the indifference of many others who should care enough to work and help such a party through its birthing pains and into maturity.
If enough of us care and get to work, the prospects are not too bad. If not enough care, that's it: down the spiral drain goes the nation we knew and loved.
It can be done. We did it here in Canada. It started as a small grassroots party in the western provinces (mainly Alberta) known as the Reform Party, and evolved from there. Sooner or later, the Progressive Conservative Party had to adapt and concede to the REAL conservatives. Through many changes, which took more than a few years, we now have the Conservative Party of Canada, and it IS “conservative”. Don’t be discouraged by the “Perot experiment”. He was a flash-in-the-pan and all that was accomplished was splitting the conservative vote and re-electing Clinton. With real leadership behind a third party, it can be done !
You’re welcome. Give me a day or so (as it’s a little late on Sunday) and I’ll see what I can do. As food for thought, our current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper (who is well regarded on this site) was part of the original “uprising” out west :)
Now that he just keeps showing up and saying some really "out there" things, I am entertaining the notion that maybe he's been promised a seat at the table in the new globalist order or thinks he's secured a place for his in the new power elite.
Thank you again. I am sure that many of us look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can do much the same in the U.S.
I am certain that Colon’s good friend Louis Farrakhan agrees.
Hey, even guys like Powell have to eat, too. /s
Well, he votes for zero twice - first time he admitted it was 100% race-based - but claims republican.
Believe it or not, that’s exactly the question Gregory asked that set Powell off on his rant.
But then Gregory just sat there, completely mute, and let Powell talk.
There must have been a half dozen points where Gregory needed to stop Powell with a question or a challenge, but complete zip.
Powell said things like “I voted for 7 straight Republicans” and “This is no longer the Party of Reagan and GHW Bush.”
But not once did he explain why he “stays” in the GOP.
Are they handing out free money to cockroaches or something?
And I am more than tired of them/
Great job - but one observation.
Canada is 84% white.
The USA is 63% white.
American whites vote about 60% Conservative.
The USA is 37% minorities.
American minorities vote 75% for the Democrat Party.
With our current immigration rate and Obama’s “Executive Order” Amnesty, there is no possible way to create a politically successful Conservative Party.
And I am more than tired of them/
I think Powell is as fed up with the republicans as I have been. If no one will stand for the right, the true right, what good does lip service do. I would like to think he is against the republicans 100 percent. But not against America.
I was wondering when this would happen. Looks like Obama's been hiding Powell in his quiver for use in the 2nd term.
hey colon,it’s 3am,who do you want answering that phone?
"If the RNC was more like the Vatican, this guy would have been excommunicated and expelled from the party a long time ago."
Yep. That's the problem with the Big Tent philosophy- it provides an open door for opportunists and ego maniacs to worm their way in and cause havoc in the party.
We were much better off when we focused upon working together with Libertarians, Reagan Democrats and open-minded Independents- people who we might not agree with 100% of the time, but who are serious about solving problems, rather than frauds like Powell who use every opportunity to bash the Republican party if they don't get their way every time.