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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Colin Powell Comments - Untimely & Unwarranted

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised President Bush before the Iraq war to send more troops to the country, but the administration did not follow his recommendation. Powell made these comments in London and is crying foul because his strategy was not deployed, in favor of active military commanders in charge at the time. Is this a too little, too late, simply jumping on the retired U.S. General "arm chair strategy" bandwagon. We would hope Mr. Powell would have shown restraint and not joined the fracas of punditry recently displayed by commanders not on the front lines of decision making in the war on terror and Iraq.
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Powell said he gave the advice to now retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who developed and executed the Iraq invasion plan, and Rumsfeld while the president was present.
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Powell further stated, "The president's military advisers felt that the size of the force was adequate, they may still feel that years later. Some of us don't, I don't," Powell said. "In my perspective, I would have preferred more troops but you know, this conflict is not over."
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"At the time the president was listening to those who were supposed to be providing him with military advice," Powell said. "They were anticipating a different kind of immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad, it turned out to be not exactly as they had anticipated."
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Rumsfeld has rejected criticism that he had sent too few U.S. troops to Iraq, saying that Franks and two other generals who oversaw the campaign's planning, John Abizaid and George Casey, had determined the overall number of troops, and that he and Bush agreed with them.
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No matter what Powell's feeling, he demonstrates he learned little about diplomacy while Secretary of State. It's doubtful Powell would appreciate public criticism of his decision making, yet he was weak at the State Department and the decision to remove him was not only warranted, but long overdue.
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Source: FoxNews

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