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Politics Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell

02:35  19 october  2021
02:35  19 october  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Colin Powell, first Black secretary of state, dies from COVID-19 complications

  Colin Powell, first Black secretary of state, dies from COVID-19 complications Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has died of complications from COVID-19, his family said in Facebook post.Powell, 84, was born in New York City and joined the Army after graduating from the City University of New York. He died Monday at Walter Reed National Medical Center. His family said he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's unexpected death was greeted by an outpouring of grief from across the political spectrum, as Democrats and Republicans alike lauded the four-star general as a giant of public service and an African-American hero.

We'll share the reactions from across the nation and globe, how the White House has responded, and Powell's long and distinguished legacy.

Opinion: Colin Powell was a soaring star until he got trapped

  Opinion: Colin Powell was a soaring star until he got trapped As the nation mourns Colin Powell's passing, his role in helping to lay the groundwork for the US invasion of Iraq, even though he had grave doubts about it, is certain to be a centerpiece of discussion, writes Julian Zelizer. So is his passionate advocacy for democratic values as his party drifted further right.Representing a kind of voice which has faded from his party, Powell described himself as "a Republican of a more moderate mold," one of the voices who urged the Party of Lincoln not to become the Party of Trump.

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Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell © Provided by The Hill Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Powell, 84, who rose from humble beginnings as the son of Jamaican immigrants to hold some of the nation's most senior positions in military and government leadership, died of complications from COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Memorial Medical Center, his family announced in a statement.

The family said the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been fully vaccinated. Powell reportedly had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.

High praise: Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle quickly united in hailing the nation's first Black secretary of State, praising his leadership and integrity.

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

  'Country before self ... before all else': US presidents remember Colin Powell as American hero President Joe Biden said former secretary of state Colin Powell "embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat."Powell, the nation's first Black secretary of state, died of complications from COVID-19, his family said.

Few on Monday spent much time criticizing Powell's biggest moment at State, when in 2003 he presented false U.S. intelligence to the United Nations that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Instead, lawmakers and civil servants offering tributes focused more on the general's iconic status as a trailblazer unafraid of splitting with his party. Powell served in Republican administrations and was once seen as a potential presidential candidate but endorsed Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for president.

'A hole in my heart': "I feel as if I have a hole in my heart," said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. "The world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed."

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who offered a lengthy on-camera tribute, hailed Powell for acknowledging his errors.

"He could admit mistakes. It was just another example of his integrity," Blinken said.

Opinion: Colin Powell was a lot of 'firsts.' In this way, he was also the last

  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.

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Colin Powell: A trailblazing legacy, blotted by Iraq war

  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.

BIDEN ORDERS FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF

Following news of Powell's death, President Biden ordered flags at the White House and federal buildings be flown at half-staff until Oct. 22 in honor of the former Secretary of state.

"General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity. The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others," Biden said in a proclamation issued Monday afternoon by the White House.

Powell "embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat," Biden said.

Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

  Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on their behalf could have been louder. Powell, who died Monday of COVID-19 complications, spent 35 years in the Army and rose to political prominence under Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. His stature fueled persistent speculation that he would one day run for president as a member of the GOP.

The details: Flags are to be flown at half-staff at the White House as well as on all public buildings and grounds, military posts, naval stations, and overseas embassies, consular offices and military posts for the next five days.

Top US envoy to Afghanistan resigns

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The Biden administration's top envoy to Afghanistan tendered his resignation Friday and is slated to be replaced by his deputy.

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is leaving his post less than two months after the U.S. wrapped up a chaotic evacuation from the country, capping 20 years of military involvement in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad's background: Khalilzad, an Afghan American, served under two presidents as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation. He led discussions under the Trump administration with the Taliban that resulted in the Doha Agreement, which committed the U.S. to withdrawing troops by May of 2021.

Who is the replacement?: Khalilzad will be replaced by Tom West, who has recently participated in meetings with Taliban leaders and who accompanied CIA leaders on recent trips to Kabul, according to CNN.

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Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

  Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on their behalf could have been louder. Powell, who died Monday of COVID-19 complications, spent 35 years in the Army and rose to political prominence under Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. His stature fueled persistent speculation that he would one day run for president as a member of the GOP.

STATE WATCHDOG TO LAUNCH REVIEW OF BIDEN'S AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL

On the heels of Khalilzad's resignation, the acting inspector general of the State Department is launching a number of inquiries into the Biden administration's handling of the U.S.'s withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a notification sent to Congress and obtained by The Hill.

State Department acting Inspector General Diana Shaw on Monday notified the chairs and ranking members of relevant committees in the House and Senate that the investigative body would be launching "several oversight projects related to the suspension of operations at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan."

"Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work," Shaw wrote.

More on that here.

From the weekend: Pentagon, State square off on Afghanistan

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) arrives to the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. © Provided by The Hill Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) arrives to the Capitol for a vote on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say constant finger-pointing between the Pentagon and State Department is making it difficult to get a full accounting of the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Recent hearings on Afghanistan have left members of Congress frustrated as top officials from the State Department and Department of Defense (DOD) lay blame on the other at congressional hearings on Afghanistan.

"When the State Department is here and we asked them a question they say, 'Well, you have to ask the Defense Department that," Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said at a recent hearing. "And now today, again, Defense Department people are before us. And the question was asked and the answer ... was, 'Well, you'll have to ask the State Department that."

Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan

  Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan It's Friday, welcome to Overnight Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.The Biden administration is walking back comments after confusion over whether the U.S. government was changing its stance on Taiwan.We'll share what was said earlier, what officials are saying now and China's response.For The Hill, I'm EllenThe Biden administration is walking back comments after confusion over whether the U.S. government was changing its stance on Taiwan.

When will a review come?: It's been two months since President Biden said "the buck stops with me" on Afghanistan, but the State Department has yet to announce a formal review of its work in Afghanistan, and the Pentagon has stopped short of laying out its own timeline.

"There is a lot of finger-pointing taking place right now, and I think we've got to learn what worked and what didn't," Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), whose district is home to one of the largest Afghan populations in the U.S., told The Hill.

"I would try to take the politics out of it," he said. "How did we get Afghanistan so wrong after 20 years and hundreds of billions of dollars of investment?"

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ON TAP FOR TOMORROW

  • The National Defense Industrial Association will hold its "Precision Strike Technology Symposium" beginning at 8 a.m.

  • The National Press Club will hold a news conference on "The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) and Nuclear Weapons" with a panel of former U.S. Air Force officers at 9 a.m.

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a nomination hearing for several Defense Department nominees at 9:30 a.m.

  • Defense One will hold its "Network Modernization Summit 2021" beginning at 10 a.m.

  • The Foreign Policy Institute will speak with former White House National Security Council member and retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman at 10 a.m.

  • The Hudson Institute will hold a discussion on "Lethality and the Future of U.S. Military Strategy" at 12 p.m.

  • The Center for a New American Security will hold a "Fireside Chat with Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter, U.K. Chief of the Defense Staff," at 12:15 p.m.

  • The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion on "Does the U.S. need a national cybersecurity strategy?" at 2 p.m.

  • A Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee will hold a hearing on "Coast Guard Oversight" at 2:30 p.m.

  • The Wilson Center will hold a discussion on "Hindsight Up Front: U.S. Policy Priorities in Afghanistan," at 3 p.m.

WHAT WE'RE READING

  • Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell
  • Blinken praises Colin Powell as 'beloved' at State Department
  • China denies it tested missile, says it was space vehicle
  • Islamic State claims credit for deadly mosque bombing in Afghanistan
  • Russia ends NATO mission over expulsion of diplomats
  • Robert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy
  • U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait
  • Pentagon offers to pay families of those killed in Afghan drone strike
  • The Hill: Opinion: Colin Powell: Remembering the man and his love for America
  • The Hill: Opinion: After Afghanistan, retaining human capital must be a top Defense priority

That's it for today. Check out The Hill's defense and national security pages for the latest coverage. See you Tuesday.

Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan .
It's Friday, welcome to Overnight Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.The Biden administration is walking back comments after confusion over whether the U.S. government was changing its stance on Taiwan.We'll share what was said earlier, what officials are saying now and China's response.For The Hill, I'm EllenThe Biden administration is walking back comments after confusion over whether the U.S. government was changing its stance on Taiwan.

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