Why Listen to Colin Powell, or Brokaw?

Not only did Powell lend his personal credibility to Bush at key moments – from the Florida recount battle to the Iraq War to Election 2004 – but a serious examination of his career would reveal a person who consistently has put his career ahead of his country’s best interests Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dwight Rousu - Oct 21, 2008 - 3:06 AM PDT
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Jim Lang
2.8
by Jim Lang - Oct. 22, 2008

I find this opinion piece a rather one sided character assassination. I don't question the quotes but do question the context. While it argues that Ayers' actions should be viewed in context (a point with which I agree) it fails to extend the same courtesy to Powell. As one can see from many Republican claims concerning Obama, taking quotations and actions out of context can be intentionally misleading and damaging. I believe that even opinion pieces should be held to a higher standard.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 21, 2008

Parry has a strong handle on recent history, and puts a few nails in Powell and Brokaw. Informational and cautionary. Parry appeals to human values as opposed to career oriented values.

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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Oct. 21, 2008

While the tone is unrelenting, the piece is well-researched and reasoned. The subject matter is disturbing on many levels. However, I think he misses one central point in his Ayers argument. Many of us were against the Vietnam War. Few of us set bombs as part of our protest.

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Paul Keene
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by Paul Keene - Oct. 21, 2008

I am troubled that some of the quotes from Powell's book are taken out of context but overall the report is illuminating. At the same time, I feel that Powell is trying to make up for being a "good soldier" for the Bush administration for the last 8 years. I do recall that he was the lone dessenting voice in the run up to war within the administration and had to be strong armed into playing along. I do agree with him whole heartedly about Brokaw, that man has been a sheep the whole time he has been in front of the public.

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Ben Ross
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by Ben Ross - Oct. 21, 2008

An interesting look at the record of MSM and Colon Powell......lamenting the free pass afforded one figure heads of the Bush years...

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James Canning
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by James Canning - Oct. 21, 2008

This report sets out some significant negatives in the background of Colin Powell, and offers strong support for the conclusion that Powell has put his own career and self-advancement ahead of anything else in his deliberations on important matters of policy. This fact has been well known for many years, by those who follow these things.

I was glad to see Powell endorse Obama, but his ambivalent statements about whether he opposed the invasion of Iraq really need to be explored further. In 2007, Powell claimed he strongly opposed the war, but now he argues he did not oppose the war. Perhaps Powell is trying to reinforce the position of Richard Holbrooke who supported the invasion of Iraq despite the obvious stupidity and recklessness of the action.

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Stephen White
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by Stephen White - Oct. 21, 2008

It is a good representation of Powell and Brokaw that often gives backstory and fairly shows the media from both sides.

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