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Powell defends Clinton on Benghazi: ‘You can’t keep everything from happening’
Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/2013 | Dylan Stableford

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bengazi
Big surprise /s
1 posted on 01/13/2013 12:51:03 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

If the RNC was more like the Vatican, this guy would have been excommunicated and expelled from the party a long time ago.


2 posted on 01/13/2013 12:53:22 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: driftdiver

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.


3 posted on 01/13/2013 12:57:15 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: driftdiver

You can get authority from the president for the military to cross the border and rescue them.

Instead of letting them die.


4 posted on 01/13/2013 12:59:56 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: pepsionice

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.


5 posted on 01/13/2013 1:03:51 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

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.


6 posted on 01/13/2013 1:14:28 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: driftdiver

Was there ever a more worthless “general” than Colon Bowell?

The libs love this guy ... because at heart, he’s a Democrat.


7 posted on 01/13/2013 1:16:45 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: driftdiver
Please check out Colin Powell's lengthy assault on the Republican Party during the same “Meet The Press” interview.

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.

Powell's solution?

Republicans must become more like Democrats - what else?

Here's the video link:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608/vp=50448320&#50448320

8 posted on 01/13/2013 1:28:20 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Powell and Hagel are both turncoats, but refuse to admit it.


9 posted on 01/13/2013 1:40:11 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: F15Eagle
Powell is as much a Republican as I am a nuclear physicist, which I most definitely am not!
10 posted on 01/13/2013 1:44:18 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: zeestephen
Dgreory666Final-1

11 posted on 01/13/2013 1:45:05 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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To: rfp1234

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


12 posted on 01/13/2013 1:48:06 PM PST by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: pepperdog

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.


13 posted on 01/13/2013 1:49:03 PM PST by Ax
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To: driftdiver

But thata is the job of the SOS Powell,k you turncoat!


14 posted on 01/13/2013 2:18:32 PM PST by Paperdoll
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To: driftdiver

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?????


15 posted on 01/13/2013 2:24:29 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: driftdiver

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!


16 posted on 01/13/2013 2:24:47 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: zeestephen

Did Gregory ask him why he has not changed parties? He stays as a pubbie so he can criticize as ‘one who knows’.


17 posted on 01/13/2013 2:33:03 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: driftdiver

More proof that he is stupid.


18 posted on 01/13/2013 2:35:41 PM PST by Dante3
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To: driftdiver

19 posted on 01/13/2013 2:38:16 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: driftdiver

Powell is such a liberal @$$kisser. Lighten up Colin! Geeesh.


20 posted on 01/13/2013 2:38:23 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (HealthCare IS NOT a right. The RIGHT to keep and bear arms is.)
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To: F15Eagle

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.


21 posted on 01/13/2013 2:42:50 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: driftdiver

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.


22 posted on 01/13/2013 2:43:34 PM PST by Dartman
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To: driftdiver
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

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Egypt intelligence warns (on Sept 4th) of attacks on Israel, US embassies

Congress was warned about Libya last month

Libyan president: 'No doubt' attack 'preplanned' (Magariaf on Face the Nation)

"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.

No demonstration before attack on US Consulate, source says

"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."

Source: Slain ambassador Stevens said he was on al Qaeda list

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.

Report: Never an Anti-American Protest in Benghazi, Only a Planned Attack (CBS Video Report)

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(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,..."

U.S. denies premeditation report

"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.”"

Obama and Hillary Apologize for Free Speech on Pakistani TV (taxpayer-funded ads)

No doubt about it. There is no intelligence in the 0bama administration.

23 posted on 01/13/2013 2:51:19 PM PST by TigersEye (Free fetus disposal is not a right.)
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To: Dartman
The Republican party is having an identify problem, so I think General Powell is correct as far as that goes. Perhaps we should thank him for pointing it out. The problem, however, is that it is becoming a Democrat Party Lite rather than too conservative. Squeaker Speaker Boehner and his allies are seeing to that.

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.

24 posted on 01/13/2013 3:14:07 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: DanMiller

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 !


25 posted on 01/13/2013 3:45:14 PM PST by Dartman
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To: Dartman
Thank you! Can you provide, or suggest sources that provide, further information on how it was done?
26 posted on 01/13/2013 3:51:54 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: driftdiver
You can't keep everything from happening

0bama happens.

27 posted on 01/13/2013 3:55:37 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: DanMiller

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 :)


28 posted on 01/13/2013 3:59:35 PM PST by Dartman
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To: driftdiver
At first I thought Powell was just a latent racist with heavy leftist leanings. A bitter, old Jimmy Carter type.

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.

29 posted on 01/13/2013 4:02:29 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Dartman

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.


30 posted on 01/13/2013 4:15:25 PM PST by DanMiller (Dan Miller)
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To: riri

I am certain that Colon’s good friend Louis Farrakhan agrees.


31 posted on 01/13/2013 4:15:37 PM PST by Vehmgericht
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To: riri

Hey, even guys like Powell have to eat, too. /s


32 posted on 01/13/2013 4:20:57 PM PST by Dartman
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To: riri

Well, he votes for zero twice - first time he admitted it was 100% race-based - but claims republican.

OK


33 posted on 01/13/2013 4:27:35 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Sans-Culotte

Sans,

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.


34 posted on 01/13/2013 4:31:30 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: driftdiver
Why has Colon crawled out from under his rock?

Are they handing out free money to cockroaches or something?

35 posted on 01/13/2013 4:49:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: leprechaun9

And I am more than tired of them/


36 posted on 01/13/2013 5:17:42 PM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: Dartman
Re: “We did it in Canada.”

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.

37 posted on 01/13/2013 5:18:53 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: leprechaun9

And I am more than tired of them/


38 posted on 01/13/2013 5:21:29 PM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: driftdiver

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.


39 posted on 01/13/2013 5:28:09 PM PST by Ramonne
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To: driftdiver
Looks like Obama is finally using Tool Powell as a disinformation agent. He's speaking out in favor of both Hagel and Clinton today.

I was wondering when this would happen. Looks like Obama's been hiding Powell in his quiver for use in the 2nd term.

40 posted on 01/13/2013 8:12:05 PM PST by what's up
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To: driftdiver

hey colon,it’s 3am,who do you want answering that phone?


41 posted on 01/14/2013 2:55:37 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: rfp1234

"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.

42 posted on 01/14/2013 8:58:15 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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