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Colin Powell

Started by Icarus, October 20, 2021, 02:31:34 AM

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Icarus

We lost a real gentleman soldier when General Powell left these mortal coils.  He was much more than just a soldier.

Tank

Yes he was a good and great man.
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Papasito Bruno

He most certainly was a very accomplished, and remarkable person. I have only the highest and deepest respect for him, he was as we used to say in the service, a soldier's soldier.

I actually had the honor to meet him once while I was in the Army.

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Tom62

I didn't like that he lied to the whole world about    WMDs in Iraq, which resulted in an illegal war and destabilised the whole region.
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Recusant

Quote from: Tom62 on October 20, 2021, 07:45:03 PM
I didn't like that he lied to the whole world about    WMDs in Iraq, which resulted in an illegal war and destabilised the whole region.

Indeed, and even though I agree with those who believe that he deserves considerable respect, his place in history is definitely not untarnished.
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jumbojak

Quote from: Recusant on October 20, 2021, 08:48:44 PM
Quote from: Tom62 on October 20, 2021, 07:45:03 PM
I didn't like that he lied to the whole world about    WMDs in Iraq, which resulted in an illegal war and destabilised the whole region.

Indeed, and even though I agree with those who believe that he deserves considerable respect, his place in history is definitely not untarnished.

Nobody's place in history is untarnished. That's one of the side effects of living in the public eye. In his case he should have been much more cautious regarding wmd in Iraq and not spent his political capital on something that turned out to be untrue but, overall, I always liked Powell.

I remember watching a documentary about Vietnam where he was interviewed about the use of body armor during the conflict. He managed to get approval for a trial of very primitive steel plate armor with his company and even convinced his men to try it.

They hated carrying that armor through the jungle but were happy to have it when they were taking fire. He was an interesting and forward thinking man.

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billy rubin

body armour in nam weighed abiut 8 pounds.

the total field kit for an american soldier these days is abiut 100 pounds. dont know offhand what the modern kevlar armour weighs


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