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Monday, October 07, 2019

Colin Powell upset that Trump is carrying out the Powell Doctrine

So, retired General Colin Powell dumped on President Donald John Trump on CNN. That is rich considering President Trump is carrying out the Powell Doctrine which the general failed to do.

Media-ite reported the general said, "The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself. Right now, Republican leaders and members of the Congress, in both the Senate and in the House, are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out.

"Will they lose a primary? I don’t know why that’s such a disaster, but will they lose a primary?

"And so, they need to get a grip, and when they see things that are not right they need to say something about it, because our foreign policy is in shambles right now in my humble judgment."

The story then said, "Powell cited Trump reportedly circling Alabama with a sharpie on a hurricane map — sparking a weeks-long controversy that involved federal agencies covering up the odd gambit — as evidence of the current problems with the government."


The man still wants President Trump impeached over Sharpiegate, a media-created piece of nonsense?

But I can see Powell's point. The Orange Man -- whom everyone who is anyone in Washington and on Martha's Vineyard laughs at -- is carrying out the Powell Doctrine better than Powell did.

Remember that? It was Powell's correction of the awful political expediency that led us into Vietnam -- a war he had to fight long after Washington and Martha's Vineyard had become bored with the whole thing.

The Powell Doctrine was idealistic and based 8 questions:
  1. Is a vital national security interest threatened?
  2. Do we have a clear attainable objective?
  3. Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
  4. Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
  5. Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
  6. Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
  7. Is the action supported by the American people?
  8. Do we have genuine broad international support?
Then came the Iraq War, where most of the answers were no, but Secretary of State Powell soldiered on and supported the war anyway.

Now he wants Republicans to rebuke a president because of a Sharpie.

This dumping on the president came before President Trump announced America would let Turkey handle policing Northern Syria. We are out of there.

President Donald John Trump tweeted this morning, "The United States was supposed to be in Syria for 30 days, that was many years ago. We stayed and got deeper and deeper into battle with no end in sight. When I arrived in Washington, ISIS was running rampant in the area. We quickly defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate including capturing thousands of ISIS fighters, mostly from Europe. But Europe did not want them back, they said you keep them USA! I said 'NO, we did you a great favor and now you want us to hold them in U.S. prisons at tremendous cost. They are yours for trials.'

"They again said 'NO,' thinking, as usual, that the U.S. is always the 'sucker,' on NATO, on Trade, on everything. The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN.

"Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their 'neighborhood.' They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7,000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!"

Talk about learning the lessons from Vietnam, by jove Donald Trump gets it.

Now then, I ask readers to apply the 8 Powell Doctrine questions to Northern Syria. I see at least 6 Noes.

Look, General Powell is a genuine American hero. He is just wrong on this one.

How bizarre that the Washington-Martha's Vineyard crowd wants our troops in Syria but not along our border.

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