Rest in Peace, General Powell [Updated]

We lost a solid military leader today, and an inspiration to many people that I know. If not for the stain of being complicit in the false justifications leading up to the invasion of Iraq…..I wouldn’t be able to think of anything unkind to say about him. Gen. Powell was part of a cadre of officers who helped rebuild the military, the U.S. Army in particular….and the Vietnam War…..and propel the force and strategies for victory in Grenada, Panama and Iraq [Desert Storm].

He will also be remembered for a list of pre-requisites that should be followed [but won’t be] prior to any armed engagement overseas: the “Powell Doctrine”.

The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States:

  1. Is a vital national security interest threatened?
  2. Do we have a clear attainable objective?
  3. Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
  4. Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
  5. Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
  6. Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
  7. Is the action supported by the American people?
  8. Do we have genuine broad international support?

Blue Skies and Airborne All The Way, Sir…….

***To no great surprise, Dear Leader [former POTUS] has issued a public statement on General Powell’s passing, through his spokespuppet:

He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” – President Donald J. Trump

The insecurities and low self-esteem of a guy [not a Man] who couldn’t be bothered to actually serve his country….is hardly unexpected. Stay classy Donnie….

6 thoughts on “Rest in Peace, General Powell [Updated]

  1. I fully agree. A fine soldier. Equally, I was dismayed when Schwarzkopf passed he got barely a blurb.. and he, too, also followed that doctrine.. refusing to accept command unless all those avenues were covered. He was an outspoken critic of the mismanagement of the Vietnam War.

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    • Yep. And though he dedicated his life to the service of his nation, some will only remember that he didn’t support Trump. Which is a cardinal sin amongst the Cult of the Asshole. That sentiment will also be largely shared by this Cult members who couldn’t be bothered to serve, themselves.

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      • And/or his naysayers will use the bad intel for Iraq WMD’s and his saying the WMD’s were there as an excuse for that war. He did the right thing to admit he was wrong.. and he apparently got royally pissed at the intel folks and wanted a complete review so that it never happens again. He had principle, to be sure.

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  2. Floored by covid. Somehow that doesn’t sit well with me.
    It shouldn’t be the way a leader of his stature ends his days.
    Not while POS politicians walk around unscathed.
    I only knew him by his reputation and for that alone I say
    “Rest easy Sir”

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