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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.


  1. And I bet those elites don't have children there nor do they know many who would. It s usually people like me and my family who have been the point of the spear for our military - five generations of us with my son remaining in the Army and my grandson got out in March.
    I do worry about the Kurds, though. We have screwed them at least 4 times.

    1. But they still take our money

    2. The Kurds have had 120 years to solve their problem, to either emmigrate or assimilate with the surrounding cultures, and make a place for themselves in the governments of the countries they live in. They've chosen tribalism instead. That's their problem, not ours.

    3. And amr, I apologize, I automatically blessed your family for their courage in our armed forces but failed to say so in my post. God bless them all.

    4. God bless your family. I served 24 years, my son served 8 1/2 and got out last April. My grandfather served 4 years in the trenches of France from 1914-1918, and was one of 50 surviving members of his original 500 man company.

    5. Tribalism is all there is in the ME, Tina. The Kurds have tried repeatedly to mesh with surrounding peoples, and all it got them was more killing. Amr is right to be concerned about them.

    6. Pull the troops.

      Leave the Kurds the hardware.

      With plenty of fodder.

      And enough tech toys to give them a shot at strategic advantage.

      Happy hunting.

  2. I got no time for these shitehole countries. Am assuming Mr. T decided to let Muslims kill other Muslims, not us. I approve. Now that the ChiComms have bailed on Iran, it won’t be long until they’re a shitehole country too. Then Turkey and the Saudis can decide how much shite they get apiece. Seriously, I’m WAY past done with Americans fighting Europe’s war. Fook em.

  3. Powell has shown himself to be a cowardly traitor.
    Switching parties to support Obama because of his skin color was bad enough. But letting Scooter Libby be imprisoned and financially ruined for something he knew Richard Armitage did makes Colon Powell scum

    1. Agree. Over 10 years ago my daughter invited me to hear Powell speak at her college. He was a political beast. You don't become a four star and reach the levels he did without being a political beast.

      Gallant military service does not inoculate one permanently. Powell became a loser in his post SOS days. McCain became a corrupt opportunist in his political life.

    2. Rightly is right. Powell is scum.

    3. Maybe colon and dizzie lizzie can team up!!!

      He can do the dizzie lizzie war dance with her!!!

  4. Syria was one of Hillary Clinton's wars. We've had a lot of those "Women's Wars", always with failed states and misery as a result. Assad needs to be left alone.

    And Turkey is Europe's problem. Attaturk set Turkey up with the army as a safeguard against islamization, but Europe forced Turkey to change their constitution, thus enabling Erdogon to come to power. So Europe can handle it. Not. Our. Problem.

  5. Yet another stellar example of how TDS brings out what these DC dwellers really are. So many of us were fooled by Powell. Thanks to TDS, few, if any, are anymore.


  6. "This is a disaster in the making." Lindsey Graham.

    Fox News Headline: "Top Pentagon officials blindsided by decision."

    President Sharpie has financial investments in Turkey and will allow Turkey to dictate what America does. Grand, Turkey will now run roughshod over the very Kurds who were/are instrumental in the U.S.'s on going fight with ISIS. Seeing how Putin wants the U.S. out of the region, it is easy to see who is calling the shots on this one. And it isn't the U.S. military brass. Nice going President Heel Spurs.

    1. Hey troll, what happeded to impeachment? You posted over and over how "we got Trump!", yet, your posts have no impeachment in them. I guess to you, that's debunked now. LOLGF troll!

      See, you base your TDS on lies. And, now, you are on to new lies. Just like what you posted about Trump, Turkey and Putin. Why, if it were up to you, your Dumbocrats, and the neocons, you'd have the US covering for Turkey in their quest to remake their Ottoman Empire. Well, if they want to, now, they are on their own.

      So, keep on lying troll. That's all you can do, because you are stupid.


    2. Lindsey Graham on decision -
      * Ensures ISIS comeback.
      * Forces Kurds to align with Assad and Iran.
      * Destroys Turkey’s relationship with U.S. Congress.
      * Will be a stain on America’s honor for abandoning the Kurds.

      As for impeachment, I didn't realize this was a post re: said subject.

    3. So sad.

      If only the hilliary had gotten elected.

      Why, the entire globe would now be a safe haven for the grafting grifters!!!!

      Oh the bitter fruits they eat

      Whencever knawing on their feet!!!

      Their feet so deeply planted in

      The muck of swamp so vast and grim.

      And the tragedy of chicom lust

      So now denied and doomed to dust

      They can always eat the babies, if they must!!!

      With a dash of hot sauce!!!

  7. The Very Kurds! On and Going! Seeing is easy to see!

  8. An irrelevant man desperately trying to be relevant.

  9. Generals are just politicians in uniform. I've lowered my trust level down to O-3 now.

    1. O5 and above have to be approved by the Senate. It is nearly impossible to avoid politics in the military. The MacArthur dustup revealed the fractures in the military, showing there were Dimocrat and Republican Generals.

      Dimocrat Generals took over in Korea and while the supply situation loosened somewhat, casualties skyrocketed under Ridgeway, and little changed under the incompetent Mark Clark.

    2. Exactly right. With the exception of certain specialty occupations (pilots, doctors, etc.) anyone O-4 and above is a manager, with the higher ranks being CEO's of their assigned commands. And everything they deal with is political.
      I once admired Colin Powell, when he wore those four stars. But his descent into the looney left has been, shall we say, "deplorable".
      I once marched a color guard at a ceremony honoring Jimmy Doolittle, and got to shake his hand afterward. Another hero of mine I would dearly love to shake his hand is Chuck Yeager.

  10. Powell once considered running for president as a Republican. Then, a few years later, he endorsed Obama.

    The man has no principles. Nobody should take him seriously in matters of politics.

    1. Perhaps someone who would endorse across party lines instead of blindly following, actually has principles.

      If you're a supporter of of the clueless and amoral Trump, then clearly principles are not your thing.

    2. The principles of racists everywhere, of every color, is bloodline loyalty to race.

      So, colon the swollen displayed classic racist loyalty to his chosen race.

    3. Chosen race? CHOSEN! You have to be kidding me. Rachel Dolezal was crazy. Are you?

    4. There is no such thing as not having morals. The term amoral is nonsense. Unless you are talking about rocks. Or people in comas. In fact, Trump seems to have made his Syria decision based on his principles. As he stated.


      Yes, bj, chosen race.

      Chosen as his race of loyalty.

      Thus, the endorsement of another chosen race fellow named barack, but choosing to be called barry.

      Or would be a fellow who would compel these two to be loyal to their other racial geneologies?

      They both picked loyality to the race they chose to.

      And, in doing so, discarded loyalty to their other racial elements each inherited therefrom.

      Thus, loyality based upon race, being racist, was chosen by both colon and barry.

    6. don't forget, he refused to endorse obama in spring of 2008, only to "see the light" later in the fall and put skin color before qualifications. Yeah, a real hero alright....

  11. Modified Powell Doctrine adds two more

  12. powell is no hero, just another tax eating govt worker. no one listens to that paper pusher anymore...

  13. never forget before knighting this retired politician wanna be, that in april 2008 he publicly spoke up and stated that obama was NOT qualified to be president and would not back him. 6 months later, he changed his tune and suddenly endorsed the great one. There is your integrity!! Now he has the balls to run trump if we will ever take his opinion seriously again.

  14. Powell the chickenshit who let everything stretch out with the ridiculous Plame nonsense when he could have just stood up and let everyone know who the leak was. Powell, the new house slave who was called house ni**er, Uncle Tom and every other name when he got too uppity as a black man and went to work for Republicans, but now gets TV time because he got correct and does what the left thinks proper black folk do.

    I appreciate his service, but like McCain, it doesn't inoculate you from being called an assh*le when you're acting like one.

  15. Powell.
    Affirmative Action Hero.
    Change his skin color to white and he's, at best, an average officer.
    He's unremarkable.