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Politics 'Country before self ... before all else': US presidents remember Colin Powell as American hero

20:50  18 october  2021
20:50  18 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Colin Powell, former secretary of State who made case for Iraq invasion, dies of Covid complications at 84

  Colin Powell, former secretary of State who made case for Iraq invasion, dies of Covid complications at 84 Colin Powell, the former secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died from Covid complications at the age of 84. "Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell. He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam," former President George W. Bush said. Powell argued for the U.S. invasion of Iraq before the United Nations, using intelligence that had later turned out to be mostly wrong. © Provided by CNBC U.S.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and other living former U.S. presidents remembered Colin Powell, the trailblazing former secretary of state, nation's top soldier and national security adviser, who died Monday at 84.

Secretary of State Colin Powell shakes hands with Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Bidenon Sept. 26, 2002 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, prior to testifying on US policy toward Iraq. © SHAWN THEW, AFP via Getty Images Secretary of State Colin Powell shakes hands with Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Bidenon Sept. 26, 2002 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, prior to testifying on US policy toward Iraq.

Powell, the nation's first Black secretary of state, died of complications from COVID-19, his family said.

A retired four-star general, Powell served in the armed forces for four decades including national security advisor for President Ronald Reagan, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under George H. W. Bush and as George W. Bush's secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.

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As secretary of state, Powell oversaw U.S. diplomacy in the aftermath of the Sep. 11, 2001, terror attacks and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Powell, a Republican, broke party ranks several times by endorsing Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election against Republican John McCain, Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 and Biden in the 2020 election.

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U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003. © ELISE AMENDOLA, AP U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003.

Biden: 'Above all, Colin was my friend'

Biden ordered American flags at all public properties including the White House be flown at half-staff through Friday to recognize Powell. In a statement, he called Powell a "dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity."

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  'One of the greatest Americans': Colin Powell blazed trails for Blacks, left lasting legacy Colin Powel broke new ground as the first Black national security advisor, chairman of joint chiefs of staff and secretary of state.Powell, 84, died Monday from complications of COVID-19, according to a statement from his family.

"Over our many years working together – even in disagreement – Colin was always someone who gave you his best and treated you with respect," Biden said.

Biden said Powell "embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat" and he was "committed to our nation’s strength and security above all." The president noted Powell, having fought in wars, "understood better than anyone that military might alone not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity.

"From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else –in uniform and out – and it earned him the universal respect of the American people."

Biden added, "Above all, Colin was my friend. Easy to share a laugh with. A trusted confidant in good and hard times. He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business – something I learned firsthand on the race track when I was Vice President. And I am forever grateful for his support of my candidacy for president and for our shared battle for the soul of the nation. I will miss being able to call on his wisdom in the future."

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  Opinion: Colin Powell was a lot of 'firsts.' In this way, he was also the last Colin Powell was more than the most famous Black soldier, general and statesman in American history, writes historian Peniel Joseph. His death also marks the passing from the public arena of a model of Black Republican politics that the US may never see again.Gen. Colin Powell's death from complications of Covid-19 represents more than the loss of a great American; it also marks the passing from the public arena of a model of Black Republican politics that the United States may never see again.

Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden were saddened to learn about Powell's death and extended condolences to the Powell family. "Colin Powell was a good man. He will be remembered as one of our great Americans."

Bush: 'Highly respected at home and abroad'

George W. Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by Powell's death, calling him "a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam."

"He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad," Bush said in a statement. "And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man."

President Bush touches the arms of Secretary of State Colin Powell, right and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as he talks to reporters during a meeting with his Cabinet, at the White House Thursday, May 30, 2002. © DOUG MILLS, AP President Bush touches the arms of Secretary of State Colin Powell, right and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as he talks to reporters during a meeting with his Cabinet, at the White House Thursday, May 30, 2002.

Clintons say Powell 'lived the promise of America'

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a joint statement said Powell was a "courageous solider, a skilled commander, a dedicated diplomat and a good and decent man."

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  Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war WASHINGTON (AP) — A child of working-class Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, Colin Powell rose from neighborhood store clerk to warehouse floor-mopper to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. It was a trailblazing American dream journey that won him international acclaim and trust. It was that credibility he put on the line in 2003 when, appearing before the United Nations as secretary of state, he made the case for war against Iraq. When it turned out that the intelligence he cited was faulty and the Iraq War became a bloody, chaotic nightmare, Powell’s stellar reputation was damaged. Still, it wasn’t destroyed.

"The son of immigrants, he rose to the top levels of military, civilian and non-governmental service through intelligence, character, and the ability to see the big picture and attend to the smallest details," the Clintons said. "He lived the promise of America, and spent a lifetime working to help our country, especially our young people, live up to its own ideals and noblest aspirations at home and around the world."

The Clintons offered condolences to the Powell family "and all the people whose lives he touched through his service and example."

Carter: Powell's 'courage and integrity' an inspiration for generations

Former President Jimmy Carter said he and former first lady Rosalynn Carter "join so many around the world in mourning the loss of General Colin Powell."

"A true patriot and public servant, we were honored to work beside him to strengthen communities in the United States, help resolve conflict in Haiti, and observe elections in Jamaica. His courage and integrity will be an inspiration for generations to come. We will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time."

President Barack Obama talks with reporters after his meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, on the importance of ratifying the New START Treaty, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. © J. Scott Applewhite, AP President Barack Obama talks with reporters after his meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, on the importance of ratifying the New START Treaty, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Country before self ... before all else': US presidents remember Colin Powell as American hero

Colin Powell: Soldier, scholar, statesman and gentleman .
One reason Powell chose not to run for president arose from his sense of dignity. After speaking at the 1992 Republican Convention, Powell was dismayed by the fawning and groveling needed to gain the nomination, and of course fundraising. Powell was simply incapable of succumbing to what he found deeply offensive and troubling. And the two voting "yes" to at least consider a run were Colin and his son, Michael. But obviously, that vote was non-binding.One of Powell's greatest legacies is his family: Alma, daughters Linda and AnneMarie and son, Michael.

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