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Ex-Powell aide on Romney's foreign policy team: 'These people make me sick'

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Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, skewered Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team on Monday, saying their policies make his stomach turn.   

Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations—and now an adviser to Romney. 

“The man scares me to death,” Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn't serve a day in his life … These people make me sick.” 


Wilkerson’s harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romney’s foreign policy speech earlier in the day, in which the former Massachusetts governor laid out a hawkish approach.

Without offering much in the way of specifics, Romney vowed to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, go after terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate in Libya, and work to ensure Syrian rebels obtain arms to defeat Bashar al-Assad’s regime. 

"Utterly unbelievable, Wilkerson said, blasting Romney as “operating on a Cold War music sheet.” 

Asked about former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s endorsement of Romney’s speech, Wilkerson declared that Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War “has zero credibility with me and he’ll never regain it again.” 

http://leanforward.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/08/14302340-ex-powell-aide-on-romneys-foreign-policy-team-these-people-make-me-sick?lite

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

 Okay.

Well, in what way do you think the suggestion of arming the FSA is reasonable?

Quoting Billiejeens:

Oh.

Well it is a group about the election and I was just following your lead.

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I'm sorry.  I misunderstood.  I thought you were talking about the FSA, since that is the topic we are discussing.

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Really?  Good Grief Really?

Reasonable as in Romney/Ryan.

(snip)

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

You are totally ridiculous.

The whole Arab nonsense is a Muslim Brotherhood uprising brought on and supported by the one and only-

Barack Hussein Obama.

and you are worried about reasonable people taking control (smfh)

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 I totally agree with everything you said here.  It is such a complete mess. 

Romney definitely gives the impression that he really doesn't understand what is going on over there in terms of the big picture.  He certainly hasn't learned from our own past mistakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rccmom
by Gold Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting rccmom:

 

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.


I respect Colin Powell for his service to his country. Whether or not you agree with him politically, you should at least respect that.

And, he leads a very good life.

I respect Colin Powell for his Military service, that's where my respect for the man ends....

I appreciate that. I really do. Let me ask you a question, and I'm not trying to beat you up over this, but I think you are a good person. Why do you judge him so harshly because of his politics? Are we as humans not much more than our political stance? I understand quite a few Republicans were unhappy when he endorsed Obama, but Powell has always been a more moderate Republican, so his stance was based on reasons he has had for a long time.

I just finished reading his book, "It Worked for Me" and found it was a great book on leadership. I have recommended it to my youngest son as he is just starting out on his own in this world. The book is full of insight into human nature and what makes a good leader. Powell's integrity comes across in a book like this and I don't see how anyone could see him as sickening. I know you did not make that statement, but the other poster did. I am just amazed that people feel that way based on a person's politics.  

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Oct. 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I would certainly hope so!

Quoting rccmom:



I appreciate that. I really do. Let me ask you a question, and I'm not trying to beat you up over this, but I think you are a good person. Why do you judge him so harshly because of his politics? Are we as humans not much more than our political stance? I understand quite a few Republicans were unhappy when he endorsed Obama, but Powell has always been a more moderate Republican, so his stance was based on reasons he has had for a long time.

I just finished reading his book, "It Worked for Me" and found it was a great book on leadership. I have recommended it to my youngest son as he is just starting out on his own in this world. The book is full of insight into human nature and what makes a good leader. Powell's integrity comes across in a book like this and I don't see how anyone could see him as sickening. I know you did not make that statement, but the other poster did. I am just amazed that people feel that way based on a person's politics.  


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 11, 2012 at 12:16 AM
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Quoting rccmom:

 

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting rccmom:

 

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.


I respect Colin Powell for his service to his country. Whether or not you agree with him politically, you should at least respect that.

And, he leads a very good life.

I respect Colin Powell for his Military service, that's where my respect for the man ends....

I appreciate that. I really do. Let me ask you a question, and I'm not trying to beat you up over this, but I think you are a good person. Why do you judge him so harshly because of his politics? Are we as humans not much more than our political stance? I understand quite a few Republicans were unhappy when he endorsed Obama, but Powell has always been a more moderate Republican, so his stance was based on reasons he has had for a long time.

I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share opinions and differences. The choices we make in terms of politics and preferred policy reflect one's character and judgment. I respect his military service and love of Country. I attentively listened to an interview earlier this yr on Hannity with Colin Powell. His personal opinion in reference to various issues differ considerably with mine, including his endorsement of Barack Obama. His reasons for supporting Obama etc. Powell supports abortion which gives me serious reason to pause concerning his moral judgment.

I just finished reading his book, "It Worked for Me" and found it was a great book on leadership. I have recommended it to my youngest son as he is just starting out on his own in this world. The book is full of insight into human nature and what makes a good leader. Powell's integrity comes across in a book like this and I don't see how anyone could see him as sickening. I know you did not make that statement, but the other poster did. I am just amazed that people feel that way based on a person's politics.  

I do not label Colin Powell with derogatory terms. Not my cup of tea. Our personal experiences during life provides tremendous insight and sensitivity to the issues facing our Nation. I can respect Powell's military service but differ with his politics and personal choices.

 

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Oct. 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

 Holy shit.  We can't arm the rebels in Syria.  What the hell is Romney talking about?!

What strategic measures would you suggest, post 20,000+ innocent Syrian killings later!?

 I can tell you that I wouldn't suggest arming a group that has the support of al-Zawahiri creating a problem that we will have to deal with later.  There is a big picture to consider, Blonde.  It's easy to say, "Well, just arm the rebels!"  But that creates more problems down the road.

I understand your concern but you still did not answer my question.....

rccmom
by Gold Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM


Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting rccmom:

 

Quoting blondekosmic15:

 

Quoting rccmom:

 

Quoting mustbeGRACE:

Did they fail to notice that Powell himself  is somewhat sickening?

He's supposedly a Republican and endorsed Obama?

I suppose I should feel sorry for him.

What kind of a life is that to have to lead.


I respect Colin Powell for his service to his country. Whether or not you agree with him politically, you should at least respect that.

And, he leads a very good life.

I respect Colin Powell for his Military service, that's where my respect for the man ends....

I appreciate that. I really do. Let me ask you a question, and I'm not trying to beat you up over this, but I think you are a good person. Why do you judge him so harshly because of his politics? Are we as humans not much more than our political stance? I understand quite a few Republicans were unhappy when he endorsed Obama, but Powell has always been a more moderate Republican, so his stance was based on reasons he has had for a long time.

I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share opinions and differences. The choices we make in terms of politics and preferred policy reflect one's character and judgment. I respect his military service and love of Country. I attentively listened to an interview earlier this yr on Hannity with Colin Powell. His personal opinion in reference to various issues differ considerably with mine, including his endorsement of Barack Obama. His reasons for supporting Obama etc. Powell supports abortion which gives me serious reason to pause concerning his moral judgment.

I just finished reading his book, "It Worked for Me" and found it was a great book on leadership. I have recommended it to my youngest son as he is just starting out on his own in this world. The book is full of insight into human nature and what makes a good leader. Powell's integrity comes across in a book like this and I don't see how anyone could see him as sickening. I know you did not make that statement, but the other poster did. I am just amazed that people feel that way based on a person's politics.  

I do not label Colin Powell with derogatory terms. Not my cup of tea. Our personal experiences during life provides tremendous insight and sensitivity to the issues facing our Nation. I can respect Powell's military service but differ with his politics and personal choices.

 

I admire your consistency and ferocity with which you stand by your principles. While I realize that you have differences with Powell in regards to politics, I am not aware of all the personal choices, other than being pro-choice, that you disagree with. That is fine though because they are personal. IMO, I think you would probably find a lot to agree with on his book about leadership, and his style of leadership also reflects his character.

All I would say is this. The same man who's character lead him to serve our country so well, so long, and so faithfully is the same man with the same character that he is today. 

I hope you have a good day Blonde. I'm loving the cooler temps were getting down south, just beautiful out.   

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

These warmongers scare the hell out of me!

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