Sunday, November 28

Colin Powell: Former US Secretary of State Dies from COVID-19 Complications



Colin Powell, who worked with Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace, But whose excellent reputation deteriorated when he appeared before the UN and made vague claims to justify the war in Iraq, he died of complications from COVID-19, his family reported Monday. He was 84 years old.

In 1989, Powell became the first black person to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role, he oversaw the invasion of Panama and later Kuwait to drive out the Iraqi army in 1991.

But his reputation suffered a painful setback when, in 2003, Powell appeared before the UN Security Council and defended the US war against Iraq. He cited misinformation that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had hidden weapons of mass destruction. The Baghdad declarations are a “web of lies,” Powell told the body.

In an ad on social media, the family said Powell was fully vaccinated.

“We have lost an extraordinary and loving husband, father and grandfather and a great American,” said the family.

Former President George W. Bush said he and his wife Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Powell’s death.

“He was a great public servant” and “widely respected at home and abroad,” Bush said. “Most importantly, Colin was a family man and friend. Laura and I send Alma and her children our condolences as they look back on the life of a great man.”

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