Colin Powell, a soldier, and diplomat who was always helping and working for Republican and Democratic presidents had a reputation stained by his claims to justify the 2003 War in Iraq. He died on Monday due to COVID-19 complications. Colin Powell was 84 years old.
Powell was in the army for 35 years. He became a four-star general. Powell also helped with the invasion of Kuwait to get rid of the Iraqi army.
This is about Colin Powell. He joined the Bush government in 2001 and was the first black person to represent America on the world stage. He made a speech in 2003 to an organization called U.N. Security Council and talked about weapons of flock destruction that Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed. Still, there were never any weapons found, and war became bad because people died.
Powell was vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, he had other ailments from Parkinson’s disease and blood cancer. Studies show that people with other illnesses may not get as much protection from the COVID-19 vaccine as other people.
In Washington, where there are lots of different parties, the Democrats and Republicans had a lot of good belongings to say about Powell. They wanted to show him that they liked him. So they lowered their flags at government buildings, including the White House, Pentagon, and State Department.
President Joe Biden said that Powell was both a warrior and diplomat.
Powell’s story is an example of what is possible in America. He grew up in a tough neighborhood, but he made it out and got to live the life he wanted. It was his work that showed him what was possible.
Powell was secretary of State when the 9/11 attack happened. He was the first person who had publicly said that Osama bin Laden’s group, al-Qaida, did it. Powell went to Pakistan and asked them to work with us in going after Afghanistan-based terrorists. We killed bin Laden there in Pakistan in 2011.
Powell was unsure about the military’s and intelligence communities’ claims that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. However, he helped the administration by convincing people in a speech to the U.N. Security Council that Saddam was a threat to the Middle East and other parts of the world. The following month, Bush permitted for Iraq to be invaded.
Some people think that Powell’s speech in the U.N. is a low point in his career, but he took some parts out of it because they were not based on good information about weapons.
The U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein, who was a dictator that killed lots of people. But the power vacuum after the overthrow allowed sectarian fighting and chaos to happen, which killed many Iraqi civilians and gave Iran power in the Middle East.
Powell said in an interview, “I think we had a lot of success. Iraq’s terrible dictator is gone.”
Saddam was captured by U.S. forces in 2003 and executed by the Iraqi government. The war with Iraq dragged on, so President Obama sent troops back to Iraq after ISIS invaded Syria and took control of large parts of the country in 2014.
Bush said Monday that he, furthermore former first lady Laura Bush were sad when they heard about the death of Colin Powell.
“A man named Colin was a great public servant. He was respected at home and abroad. Colin had a wife and children, and we send our sincere condolences to them for the death of their husband and father.”
Condoleezza Rice, Powell’s descendant at State and the department’s first Black female secretary, said that he was a trusted colleague and her dear friend. They had some very hard times together, but they shared their successes too.
This article is about the death of Colin Powell. The person who wrote this article is Black, so it might be interesting to have a person in your class read it.
Austin said, “The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed.” He traveled in Europe.
The highest hierarchy Black woman in U.S. history, Vice President Kamala Harris, noted the racial firsts of Colin Powell.
“Every step of the way, when he stuffed those roles, he was very good at what he did. He inspired people by how he acted. Young servicemembers and others were encouraged by his accomplishments to be better themselves.”
He was not born with privilege, but he did have success. Powell often framed his history as an American high achiever.
“Mine is the story of a black kid who was born in the South Bronx and grew up. He came from an immigrant family and was raised with limited means. This kid had no early promise.”
At the United Nations, when he wanted to remember his childhood in New York City, he would talk about it. He grew up in this city and got a job at the Pepsi-Cola plant across the East River from where The United Nations was.
Powell’s interest in the military began at a college. He joined the ROTC and put on his first uniform. He enjoyed what he saw.
John F. Kennedy sent military advisers to South Vietnam. In 1962, more than 16,000 military advisers were sent there by John F. Kennedy.
The Powell Doctrine is a way of thinking about war. It says that the United States should only get into a war if it has clear and achievable objectives with public support, enough firepower, and a strategy for ending the war.
Powell was a Republican in the past. But he didn’t like Republican presidents when they came. So he left the party to become a Democrat.
He supported Democrats in the last four presidential elections, starting with Obama. He has been speaking out against Trump lately. He says that Trump should be removed from office because he is a national disgrace.