Colin Powell, the 1st Black American to serve in this position, died on Monday. He was 84 years old. He died due to complications from COVID-19.
The family said that the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was fully vaccinated and is getting medical treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center. He was diagnosed with cancer, but it’s not too bad.
General Colin L. Powell died because of Covid 19. We thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their help in getting General Colin L. Powell better.
The family said, “We lost a good person.” He was a husband, father, and grandfather. And he was a good American.
Colin was born on April 5th, 1937, in N.Y. He was raised by parents who were from Jamaica.
Following his military career, Powell held key military and diplomatic positions in the government. He worked for both Democrats and Republicans.
George W. Bush, who was the President before the one we have now, said he was sad because General Powell died.
“Laura and I are very sad about Colin Powell. He was a great person who helped other people. People liked him. He was a soldier, and then he helped Presidents in the White House with his experience,” said President Bush according to a statement.
“He was a security adviser for President Reagan, and then he was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff undergoing my father and Clinton. I am so happy to call him Secretary of State.” He is such a good person. Colin was very respected at home and in other countries. And most importantly, he was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and Colin’s children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of their great father,” he added.
Mr. Powell first joined the Reagan administration in 1987 as a national security adviser. He was the 1st Black person to do so.
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He later became the chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 1989. He did this under George H.W. Bush and Clinton.
Before the 1996 election, people wanted Powell to run for President. He decided not to because he did not like campaigning and thought he had no passion for it.
Powell said: “I do not hear a call to run for president, and so I would not be honest with myself and the American people if I were to pretend otherwise.”
This general went back into politics in 2001 when he became a secretary of State. It was the first time that a Black American had served in this role, and it broke another barrier.
He was in the post ’til 2005.
Powell helped the U.S. and other countries support the war on terror and invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11.
The secretary was criticized for his push to invade Iraq in 2003.
In a speech to United Nations in 2003, Powell showed that Iraq had weapons. He said there was evidence from U.S. intelligence, and he claimed they were hiding this to trick the United Nations inspectors.
The most powerful man in Iraq, Saddam Hussein, has weapons that make people sick. He can make more of these weapons.
Weapons of mass dismantle did not exist in Iraq. That is what inspectors said.
In 2005, two years after the U.N. speech, a government report said that Iraq was not holding weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion.
Although Powell later said his speech to the U.N. was a “blot” on his record, and he regretted delivering it, he still believed that it would be a part of his legacy.
I made a mistake. I regret it now because I was wrong. But I will be remembered as the one who made this case before other countries.
He said, “I swayed public opinion.” There’s no question that he did.
In his memoir “It Worked for Me,” published in 2012, Powell again discussed the speech. He wrote that this event would have a paragraph in his obituary.
Powell studied at the City College of New York. He did ROTC there.
After graduating in 1958, Powell joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam twice. He was wounded twice while there and also graduated from college.
During the Trump administration, Powell announced that he would not consider himself a Republican anymore. He did this after an attack on the Capitol.
In an interview, Powell said he believed that other Republicans allowed Trump’s behavior to get worse and worse. They did this. He was no longer a Republican.
“I am not a member of any party right now. I’m just a citizen who has voted for both Democrats and Republicans throughout my entire life. Right now, I am just watching my country and not concerned with which party they belong to.”
None of the people were able, to tell the truth. They all wanted to be friends with him. They were not afraid because they did not want to make enemies, and they did not criticize him. Powell announced his support for Joe Biden in 2020.
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