Colin Powell on Obama's “Muslim” faith point in a memorable interview on NBC's Meet the Press, prior to the presidential election in Here's the full video and transcript of General Colin Powell's interview with Chuck Todd on NBC News' Meet the Press. The former Secretary of. Colin Powell, "Roundtable Interview with European Journalists," Washington, D.C., Colin Powell, "Interview on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert,".
While on patrol in a Viet Cong -held area, he was wounded by stepping on a punji stake. Powell returned to Vietnam as a major inserving in the 23rd Infantry Divisionthen as assistant chief of staff of operations for the Americal Division.
During the second tour in Vietnam he was decorated with the Soldier's Medal for bravery after he survived a helicopter crash, single-handedly rescuing three others, including division commander Major General Charles M.
Gettysfrom the burning wreckage. I got there after My Lai happened. So, in war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored. Powell said he regarded Emerson as one of the most caring officers he ever met. Emerson insisted his troops train at night to fight a possible North Korean attack, and made them repeatedly watch the television film Brian's Song to promote racial harmony.
Powell always professed that what set Emerson apart was his great love of his soldiers and concern for their welfare. After a race riot occurred, in which African American soldiers almost killed a White officer, Powell was charged by Emerson to crack down on black militants ; Powell's efforts led to the discharge of one soldier, and other efforts to reduce racial tensions.
After he left Fort Carson, Powell became senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinbergerwhom he assisted during the invasion of Grenada and the airstrike on Libya.
Following the Iran—Contra scandal, Powell became, at the age of 49, Ronald Reagan 's National Security Advisorserving from to while retaining his Army commission as a lieutenant general. He became the third general since World War II to reach four-star rank without ever serving as a division commander, joining Dwight D.
Eisenhower and Alexander Haig. Later that year, President George H. Bush selected him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also see Woodware, Bob We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression. We were willing to do it, glad to do it.
We went to Korea. We went to Vietnam. All in the interest of preserving the rights of people. And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? Did we say, "Okay, we defeated Germany. Now Germany belongs to us? We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us"? What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. And did we ask for any land?
No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. Capital is a coward. It flees from corruption and bad policies, conflict and unpredictability. It shuns ignorance, disease and illiteracy. As quoted by Ambassador Cameron R.
Hume in a speech on U. My heart grieves when I think about the situation in the Middle East. I've worked very hard on this for two years, and for years before that. But trust is broken down. We have to do everything we can in our power — all of us, the United States, the European Union, any other nation that has the ability to influence the situation in the Middle East — to work with the Palestinians to put in place a leadership that is responsible, with representative institutions of government that will clamp down on terrorism, that will say to its people, "Terrorism is not getting us anywhere.
It is not producing what we want: It is keeping us away from a Palestinian state. There is nothing in American experience or in American political life or in our culture that suggests we want to use hard power. But what we have found over the decades is that unless you do have hard power — and here I think you're referring to military power — then sometimes you are faced with situations that you can't deal with.
I mean, it was not soft power that freed Europe. It was hard power. And what followed immediately after hard power? Did the United States ask for dominion over a single nation in Europe? Soft power came in the Marshall Plan.
Soft power came with American GIs who put their weapons down once the war was over and helped all those nations rebuild. We did the same thing in Japan. So our record of living our values and letting our values be an inspiration to others I think is clear. And I don't think I have anything to be ashamed of or apologize for with respect to what America has done for the world. We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace.
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But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works. Response to a question by George Carey a former Archbishop of Canterburyafter the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland 26 Januaryas to whether the US had given due consideration to the use of "soft power" vs "hard power" against the regime of Saddam Hussein ; this has sometimes been portrayed as an accusation by an Archbishop of Canterbury that the United States was engaged in "empire building", in which Powell's response has been paraphrased: Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.
The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. Remarks to the United Nations Security Council 5 February ; in an interview September with Barbara WaltersPowell was asked about the Security Council speech and responded that it was a "blot" on his record… "it will always be a part of my record. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
You break it, you own it. As quoted in Plan of Attack by Bob Woodwarda book in which he was a key source, cautioning President Bush before the Iraqi war that he would be responsible for the fate of the Iraqi's after the fall of the Hussein regime.
As quoted in Anderson Cooper Degrees 23 April There is only one China. Taiwan is not independent. It does not enjoy sovereignty as a nation, and that remains our policy, our firm policy. We want to see both sides not take unilateral action that would prejudice an eventual outcome, a reunification that all parties are seeking.
I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr.
Obama is a Muslim. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?
The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?
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Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine.
It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave.