Colin Powell, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, appears to have had a change of heart about his change of heart on the Iraq war.
Powell, whose appearance at the UN in 2003 to sell the US’s Iraq invasion to a skeptical global public is now the stuff of history books, famously decried his former bosses in 2006, saying that the Bush administration’s policies made the United States less safe.
But in a speech in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Powell praised the former president’s foreign policy, saying that “we are safer than we were before 9/11 because of President Bush,” according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Perhaps the setting had something to do with it: Powell was speaking at President Bush’s inaugural “motivational” speech. Bush has signed on to be a lecturer at a series of motivational speeches.
But Powell’s change of heart seems to have come earlier than Monday night. In June, Powell told CNN’s Larry King that both the Bush and Obama administrations have “done a lot over the last eight years … to go after the enemy.”
Powell, in that instance, was defending the Obama administration against allegations by former Vice President Dick Cheney that Obama has made the United States less safe. But his claim that the Bush administration also made the US safer surprised some observers, who note that he had said the opposite three years earlier.
In 2006, Powell told CBS’s Face the Nation that the Bush administration’s prosecution of the war on terror and its invasion of Iraq had made the United States less safe.
“I think we are a little less safe, in the sense that we don’t have the same force structure available for other problems,” Powell said. “I think we have been somewhat constrained in our ability to influence events elsewhere.”
Powell also publicly regretted making the 2003 sales pitch for the Iraq invasion to the UN, in which he detailed an Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program that turned out not to exist. Powell said his UN presentation was a permanent “blot” on his record.
But on Monday, Powell struck a very different note, sounding much more like a member of the Bush administration than he had even as a member of the Bush administration.
“We must never be afraid of some clown hiding in a cave,” the Washington Post quoted him as saying.
Trump is unraveling before our eyes — and the next four months could be particularly dangerous: Mental health experts
Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his crony, Roger Stone. As Mitt Romney tweeted, "Unprecedented historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president."
So the president of the United States takes action to help his buddy, a convicted felon, but he cannot take decisive steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic and save lives. This is an act of corruption of the highest order. And this is an example of Donald Trump's mental disorder and a stark preview of his unraveling over the next four months leading up to the November election.
‘He’s a monster of our creating’: Republicans Against Trump founder says his PAC is about ‘atonement’
In a moment of frankness, Republicans Against Trump founder Tim Miller revealed that his efforts to dethrone President Donald Trump are part of a kind of GOP "atonement."
Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Tuesday, Miller explained that they have over 400 videos from Republicans and former Republicans who've left the party saying that they're voting against Trump.
"What we're hearing from people is a couple of things," Miller continued. "He's the president this time and we have seen his actions, and I think that moment in Lafayette Square really congealed for a lot of these voters who maybe had doubts about him the last time but thought maybe he was a vessel and they had an awareness that he's not a vessel that they thought he was. Secondly, the opponent is different. We have this viral video from a guy in Massachusetts, talking about Hillary Clinton. Maybe it was unfair. Some of it was her fault, some of it was sexism. But the opponent is different this time. And a lot of these voters blocked out the possibility of voting against Trump because of the opponent and so, I think they're more open to hearing these messages if they come from people like them."
Pastor posts apology video after his church becomes hot spot for coronavirus: ‘Masks must be considered by everyone’
A Tennessee pastor is expressing regret to his congregation after his church became a hotspot for coronavirus, saying that he wishes he encouraged people to wear masks during church functions, The Christian Post reports.
A 20-minute video posted on Facebook last Thursday shows Pastor Kevin Page expressing deep “regret” and taking responsibility for his decision to resume indoor services in late May.
“Somehow the virus made it into the choir. Temperatures were taken that morning, yet it still slipped through,” Page said of a service that took place on Father’s Day.