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  •  There is now (3+ / 0-)
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    Colin Powell made it famous, even erroneously,
    they'll always have their name on that one, like the Merkle Boner

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 06:42:57 AM PST

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    •  He lied a lot, and eestablished nothing. (3+ / 0-)
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      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:17:42 AM PST

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      •  He's been lying since Vietnam, when he helped (2+ / 0-)
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        cover up My Lai and similar incidents by reporting "nothing found here," greatly pleasing his superiors.

        Unfortunately for Powell, the truth eventually came out. The fact this is not a permanent and horrific public stain on his reputation is a credit to his media handlers.

        But a test soon confronted Maj. Powell. A letter had been written by a young specialist fourth class named Tom Glen, who had served in an Americal mortar platoon and was nearing the end of his Army tour. In a letter to Gen. Creighton Abrams, the commander of all U.S. forces in Vietnam, Glen accused the Americal division of routine brutality against civilians. Glen's letter was forwarded to the Americal headquarters at Chu Lai where it landed on Maj. Powell's desk.

         Maj. Powell undertook the assignment to review Glen's letter, but did so without questioning Glen or assigning anyone else to talk with him. Powell simply accepted a claim from Glen's superior officer that Glen was not close enough to the front lines to know what he was writing about, an assertion Glen denies.

        After that cursory investigation, Powell drafted a response on Dec. 13, 1968. He admitted to no pattern of wrongdoing. Powell claimed that U.S. soldiers in Vietnam were taught to treat Vietnamese courteously and respectfully. The Americal troops also had gone through an hour-long course on how to treat prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions, Powell noted.

        "There may be isolated cases of mistreatment of civilians and POWs," Powell wrote in 1968. But "this by no means reflects the general attitude throughout the Division." Indeed, Powell's memo faulted Glen for not complaining earlier and for failing to be more specific in his letter.

        Powell reported back exactly what his superiors wanted to hear. "In direct refutation of this [Glen's] portrayal," Powell concluded, "is the fact that relations between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent."

        He's been a lying sack all his life in order to climb the ladder of success.

        See also:  Colin Powell Owes Us an Apology, Not Another Excuse - Esquire

        He also worked to fog over Iran-Contra:

        In 1987, Walsh had requested that Weinberger hand over any records relevant to the Iran-Contra affair. In reply, Weinberger produced a modest amount of material, nothing incriminating. Then, in 1991, Walsh’s investigators discovered that Weinberger had sent thousands of pages of diary and meeting notes he had kept while defense secretary to the Library of Congress. This material showed that, contrary to his sworn testimony, Weinberger knew in advance that the Reagan administration was shipping weapons to Iran in exchange for hostages.

        Powell was asked a standard question: Did Weinberger keep a diary? The investigators wanted to know if documentary evidence existed that could help them unravel the scandal.

        Powell replied, “The secretary, to my knowledge, did not keep a diary.” But, as Walsh’s investigators found out four years later, Weinberger had kept an extensive diary. Perhaps it was possible Powell had not known about Weinberger’s notes. But in 1992, when Weinberger was under investigation for having lied about the notes, Powell had a different story to tell about his old boss’s diaries.

        In a sworn affidavit submitted to Walsh’s office by Weinberger’s attorney, Powell said, “During the period I worked with Secretary Weinberger … I observed on his desk a small pad of white paper, approximately 5″ by 7″. He would jot down on this pad in abbreviated form various calls and events during the day. I viewed it as his personal diary.” In a subsequent interview with Walsh’s office, Powell revealed that he even knew that Weinberger had stored his diary notes “in his desk on the right side.”

        Powell’s 1992 statement contradicted his 1987 statement.

        A Lying Sack. His entire life has been dedicated to covering up brutality, murder, crime and lies. He's been a loyal, faithful servant of Republicans and more of the ugliest people in the world.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 05:32:05 PM PST

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      •  He told the truth twice (0+ / 0-)

        when he broke with the GOP to endorse Obama in two elections.

        The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

        by amyzex on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:09:51 AM PST

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