I was gonna offer some commentary on Colin Powell’s death, but Aesop beat me to it, and says it way better than I could’ve.
Had he retired after being Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, after Gulf War I, he would have been a respected military hero and genius strategist, for winning a 6-week war capped by a 3-day ground game, and devastating the retro-armed and bloated half-assed army of the biggest pain in the ass in that quadrant of the globe in decades, for the relatively modest cost of less than 300 American dead.
Instead, he fulfilled his Peter Principle destiny, promoted not to a great SecDef, a job at which he would have excelled, but rather to being a mediocre Secretary of State, who helped get us into two more pointless wars, and materially contributing to the total waste of the lives of over 6700 US troops, 8000 private contractors, and the suicides of over 30,000 former US servicemen since the war’s end. We won’t know the final toll until we find out how many US citizens have been killed since the abrupt abandonment of Afghanistan, and the last OIF/OEF veteran eats his own gun. That’s a lot of blood on the hands of just one incompetent affirmative-action hire. I hope he wore bermuda shorts and a t-shirt to the afterlife, because it’s likely to be pretty hot were he’s gone.
All for a foreign policy strategy for Mesopotamia more appropriate for running a Pottery Barn.
But he got his vaxx, and it availed about as well for him as his foreign policy did for the U.S.
And some people say the universe doesn’t have a sense of humor.
Annnd that’s a wrap. There is ONE nice thing I can think of to say about him, though: Condi Rice, his successor at State, was probably worse.
He made the second gulf war inevitable by stopping at taking Kuwait.
Probably his boss held him back though. If that is the case, continuing to work for the Bush Clan would have been the last thing I’d continue to do.
So he gets that blame.
Btw I’m pretty sure now that HW did guide Saddam into thinking he could take Kuwait and we wouldn’t do anything. Whether that was an accident of incompetence on the part of HW is questionable too. After all, we did get the never ending conflict and troop placements in the ME that continues 30 years on.
Replaced the Cold War for the M-I Complex grifters.
“Colinoscopy” Powell was an affirmative-action racist pacifist who never led men in battle. He was what Colonel David Hackworth, one of the most decorated warriors of WW II, Korea and Vietnam, referred to as an “REMF perfumed princess.”
This administrative-assistant owes his mere existence to three very powerful caucasoids – Ronald W. Reagan, who promoted him the Flag ranks, George H. W. Bush, who nominated him to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and George W. Bush, who nominated him to be Secretary of State. The interesting thing is that, to a man, all three rued the day they did it, knowing he was a backstabbing traitor.
How did the colostomy bag repay their kindness? By twice voting for an anti-American, racist bigot named DumboBama.
Hero? About as much as John McCain was a hero.
Colin Powell: Lifelong Republican who never met a Democrat administration he couldn’t endorse or vote for.
May he sleep three to a grid with John McCain and Ted Kennedy.