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Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers

Posted by on May. 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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Colin Powell Trashes Mitt Romney's Team Of Foreign Policy Advisers

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday questioned Mitt Romney's choice in foreign policy advisers, saying that some are so right-wing that the advice they give deserves "second thought."

"I don't know who all of his advisers are, but I've seen some of the names and some of them are quite far to the right. And sometimes they might be in a position to make judgments or recommendations to the candidate that should get a second thought," Powell said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

He gave the example of Romney recently saying that Russia is the "number one geopolitical foe" to the United States.

"Come on Mitt, think," Powell said. "That isn't the case."

Romney's team of about 40 foreign policy advisers includes many who hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, according to a May analysis conducted by the The Nation. Many were enthusiastic supporters of the Iraq War, and many are proponents of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran.

Powell, a retired four-star general and the only African American to have ever served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he didn't know whether Romney really believes that Russia is the biggest threat to the U.S. or if his advisers told him to say that. "I don't know," he said when asked by "Morning Joe" hosts. "You ask him."

Powell hasn't signaled yet whom he plans to endorse in this election cycle. He broke with his party to support President Barack Obama in 2008, but he stayed mum when asked this week if he planned to do the same this time around. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that Obama "appreciated" Powell's endorsement in 2008 and gave reasons why he should back Obama again.

Powell noted Wednesday that Romney has been "catching a lot of heck" from mainstream figures in the Republican foreign affairs community who he said "were kind of taken aback" by Romney's Russia claims.

"Look at the world. There is no pure competitor of the United States of America," he said. "All the problems we talk about in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran ... they count about 700 million people in a world of seven billion. What are the rest of them doing? They're increasing their economies, they're building wealth, they're educating their kids, they're building their infrastructure. That's what we need to be doing."

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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

 I thought Mitt was joking when he said that about Russia.

sallys452001
by Member on May. 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I'm sure glad Obama has tried to work out our differences instead of trying to make everyone our foes. I can just imagine what the republicans would have gotten us into if they had their way. Or if they were to have their way what wars would they want to start or foes do they want to make?

Ednarooni160
by Eds on May. 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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 He is one of the few people in politics I trust.

He has supported and not supported things on BOTH sides. When he's wrong, he says it, when he doesn't agree with his party he says it...

He has written and spoken about Iraq on numerous occasions, all of his statements are backed up by the facts....

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

 

matreshka
by Gold Member on May. 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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It shows Powell thinks for himself and not the party line, which is an admirable quality.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on May. 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 He is one of the few people in politics I trust.

He has supported and not supported things on BOTH sides. When he's wrong, he says it, when he doesn't agree with his party he says it...

He has written and spoken about Iraq on numerous occasions, all of his statements are backed up by the facts....

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

 

I thought several people on the left thought there weren't any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..or am I wrong..

Ednarooni160
by Eds on May. 23, 2012 at 12:31 PM


Quoting matreshka:

It shows Powell thinks for himself and not the party line, which is an admirable quality.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

Time "will" tell..but I respect your opinion..

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 He is one of the few people in politics I trust.

He has supported and not supported things on BOTH sides. When he's wrong, he says it, when he doesn't agree with his party he says it...

He has written and spoken about Iraq on numerous occasions, all of his statements are backed up by the facts....

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

 

I thought several people on the left thought there weren't any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..or am I wrong..

 There weren't, he speaks on that as well...As did George W. Bush in his book...everyone admits there were none except stupid right wing neocons that love war and murdering people

bluespagan
by on May. 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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 LOL, I didn't see that you posted this too Sweet.  All I can say is Powell is talking some sense.  Romney should listen to him.  But it is very telling to see what era Romney thinks we are in.  He wants to take us all the way back to the Cold War era.  Ahhh the good ole days.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on May. 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 He is one of the few people in politics I trust.

He has supported and not supported things on BOTH sides. When he's wrong, he says it, when he doesn't agree with his party he says it...

He has written and spoken about Iraq on numerous occasions, all of his statements are backed up by the facts....

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Powell is confusing.. He went in front of the whole world arguing about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..then he supported Obama, then he was on Fox news last night or the night before supporting something and now this.  Didn't he think Obama had some serious LEFT winged advisors..or didn't he have his glasses on that day.

 

I thought several people on the left thought there weren't any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..or am I wrong..

 There weren't, he speaks on that as well...As did George W. Bush in his book...everyone admits there were none except stupid right wing neocons that love war and murdering people

Well then..I would think Powell would realize that "anyone" can be wrong..if he admits he and Bush were.

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