Colin Powell — backstabber (and frontstabber)

I’ve never liked Colin Powell.  I always viewed him as a political hack, despite his military chops.  My dislike for him increased exponentially when I read one of Bob Woodward’s hatchet jobs on George W. Bush and quickly realized that Powell was Woodward’s main source.  Although Woodward didn’t say that, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that all the passages lambasting Bush and highlighting Powell’s brilliance and prescience came from Powell himself.  He’s a sneaky bastard, and I don’t say that as a backhanded compliment.

Powell’s sneaky bastardness continues unabated in his current attack on Cheney.  Aside from being a full frontal attack, it turns out, as Jennifer Rubin explains, that it’s predicated entirely on lies and, worse, on lies that are meant to obscure Powell’s own reprehensible behavior.

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  • jj

    Forget the “military chops” – militarily he was okay, but hardly brilliant.  Good fighters are rarely in the running for consideration as boss of the Joint Chiefs, that’s a different game, and requires years of genuine political dexterity driving a desk – not leading troops and not fighting.  Powell was – as all who rise to that job are – a very good politician.  (Which translates to what it usually translates to: smooth, oily, shit-weasal back-room operator.)  Far better at that than he ever was military leader.
    I never had much use for him, and that little grows steadily less as the years pass. 

  • James Pawlak

    Of Generals & Colin Powell
    All generals (And admirals) must, to achieve that rank, combine three qualities in some and varying mixtures. Those qualities are: Fighting spirit and skills; Administrative skills, of which the most important is logistics; And, people or political skills in dealing with personnel matters and with the politicians-in-power.

    However, some do excel in one or two of these qualities, demonstrating full competence and overriding excellence in all three being all but unknown. It should also be noted that an unbalanced excellence in only one leads to the danger of an unbalance in overall military abilities and performance. Below you will find some examples of balanced and unbalanced military leaders and mis-leaders.

    Patton was the most recent example of a specially “fighting general” who, along “Vinegar Joe” Stillwell, led troops without much regard for administrative or political niceties. Such political and administrative support as allowed them to do such was provided by others who often had to “protect them” from logistic and political mistakes. Other generals who had the same general, general, characteristics include George Washington (Who certainly had political problems with the Continental Congress) and William T. Sherman who cared little for politicians and was protected by U. S. Grant.

    The best, if not most famous, of our “administrative” generals was George Marshall who is known as the “Organizer Of The Allied Victory In World War-II” and was a quiet, totally logical, master of the military arts and a gentleman well beyond anything which could be proclaimed or established by an Act Of Congress. His skills and success in this area were so great as to put him beyond any doubts as of political support-or-opposition or combat courage or experience.

    The most noticeable “political generals” were George B. McClellan (Who seemed incapable of fighting any decisive battles, except that of maintaining political support) Douglas MacArthur (Who was strangely given honors after his disastrous leadership in the Philippines at the beginning of WW-2 and whose alleged success in the Pacific campaigns of that war were in spite of his acts and were really based on the acts of the US Navy’s leaders) AND General Colin Powell who, after a credible beginning as a very junior combat officer, dived into military politics and had an often criticized performance with no real record of those services which “made a difference” as to the defense of this nation.

    General MacArthur’s conflict with President Harry S. Truman and resistance to civilian and constitutional authority caused his downfall and “fading away” as a force in the politics of this nation in spite of some Obama-like worship by some media and politicians.

    It now appears that (Thankfully retired) Gen. Powell is again attempting to manipulate the political system of the USA by his endorsement of Sen. Obama. To my mind I cannot discern if that endorsement is based on conviction, race (Racist) motives or, perhaps the most likely, on some effort to either push forward his income from book publications OR, even, some high (Cabinet level?) post in an Obama administration. The USA needs him only slightly more that the even more self-serving and even more artificial Barak Hussein. Obama.

    Generals U. S. Grant and Dwight Eisenhower appear to be the most balanced of this nation’s generals.

  • Oldflyer

    Powell made his Army career as a White House Fellow.  Need I say more?
    He is not only a back stabber, he is a dishonest backstabber.  He knew from early on that Armitage was the source of Novak’s story on Plame.  He let the White House, Cheney and finally Scooter Libby take the rap, when he could have set it straight with a phone call.  That is the primary reason that Cheney detests him.
    The Pentagon official, Feith, lays out in his book how Powell and Armitage sabotaged Rumsfeld’s post regime strategy in Iraq.  I don’t know if Condi Rice was in cahoots with them, or simply overwhelmed by those two,  but it appears that she turned Bush from his initial acceptance of the Rumsfeld plan.  She did not serve the President well in that regard.  Just to review, the intent was to keep a light footprint and bring in a government of exiled Iraqi’s almost immediately.  These people knew who could be counted on in the Iraqi Army and the bureaucracy.  The State Department and Tenet in CIA were opposed Chalabi, the exile leader, and torpedoed the plan.  Chalabi, was controversial, but he was also influential, knowledgeable , and organized.  He later, without U.S. blessing became Deputy Prime Minister, and of course has no love for the U.S. government, and owed us no loyalty.  The rest is history.

  • Caped Crusader

    AMEN sister, to all you say! Powell, an affirmative action self only promoter and consummate giver of bad advice and the reason we had to fight the Iraq war twice.

  • Ymarsakar

    I told everyone not to trust anyone from the State Dep. But nobody wanted to listen to me. They always kept saying “One of my cousins or close family members does hard work in the State Dep so….”, and I’d think, “so what?”


  • Ymarsakar

    This is what happens when people think they can comprise and take a little bit here from the Defense Department and a little bit here from the State Department. Then everyone becomes happy, right?