“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Patriot…

Posted on October 18, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Colin Powell was one of our country’s most prominent Black figures for decades. He served three Republican presidents in senior posts and reached the top of the United States military as it was regaining its vigor after the trauma of the Vietnam War. His highs and lows included leading Allied forces that drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in 1991, and later as the head of the State Department, relying on erroneous intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“`Powell was born in New York City , and raised in the South Bronx neighborhood, the son of a shipping clerk and a seamstress from Jamaica who arrived in America in 1920 aboard a United Fruit Company steamer. His path to success was the military’s  Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He was commissioned an Army second lieutenant in 1958.

“`He served thirty-five years in the Army, including two combat tours in Vietnam and stints in West Germany and South Korea.  He was injured twice during his service. He earned a White House fellowship while in the Army during Richard Nixon’s presidency and won the respect of officials who later would serve in senior posts under Reagan. He was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.

“`One of his top accomplishments was his development of the Powell Doctrine on the use of military force, which arose out of ambiguous objectives and erratic troop build-up during the Vietnam War era. The doctrine states:

War should be a last resort; force, when used, should be overwhelming; there must be strong public support for it and a clear exit strategy.

“`While in the George W. Bush cabinet,  Powell was often at odds with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He announced his resignation after the president’s November 2004 re-election.

“`Powell espoused outspoken political rhetoric (especially against then-President Donald Trump) and claimed unabashed support for candidate Barack Obama.

“`A reluctant warrior and a true patriot, Colin Powell (right) was eighty-four.

Until next time>                               “never forget’

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