August 31, 2009 |
Does Bluewater Comics Publisher Darren G. Davis have good karma or what? At the same time former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge is making headlines for alleging in a new book that the Bush administration pressured him to exaggerate the terror threat for political gain while he was head of the Department of Homeland Security, Bluewater's comic book biography of another man who many feel also had his reputation and credibility tarnished by his...
October 22, 2002 |
Is Colin Powell black enough? Strip away the verbiage, and that's essentially the question Harry Belafonte raised in his recent controversial interview with a San Diego radio station. It is the question that has long lurked in the subtext for African Americans suspicious of a black man too beloved by the Republican Party faithful. For those who missed it: The singer and activist, who is at odds with the Bush administration over its push toward war with Iraq and its dubious record on civil liberties, accused the secretary of state of being scared to confront his boss on these and other issues.
October 30, 1995 |
The widespread encouragement that Colin Powell is receiving for making a run for the White House says more about some people's yearning for a messiah figure to deliver us from our collective sins, from racism to crime, than it does about reality. It also says something about our willingness (and the willingness of those who want Powell to be president in order to advance their own careers) to ignore unpleasant truths about the man with the golden image. University of Texas professor Marvin Olasky isn't one of those hoping to benefit personally from a Powell candidacy.
June 14, 1995 |
Mabel E. Spence Brash, 94, godmother of retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin L. Powell, who worked much of her life in New York City's garment district, died Sunday at Care Inn of Voorhees. Mrs. Brash was born in Savanna la Mar, Jamaica, where she became friends with the general's mother, the late Maud McKoy Powell. Both came to the United States as young women and eventually found jobs in New York City's garment district. She moved from the Bronx to Voorhees in 1988.
January 19, 2001 |
President-elect Bush's new foreign-policy team was on view this week in Washington, and it was a fascinating show. Whether or not you agree with their views, Secretary of State-designate Colin Powell and upcoming national security adviser Condoleezza Rice certainly grab your attention. Both are highly talented, disciplined, charismatic and very skilled public performers, with the kind of star quality one expects more from political candidates than from appointed officials.
November 8, 1995 |
Much has been written about the politics of fear. And with good reason. Recently, we've heard that presidential prospect Colin Powell has been reluctant to enter the crowded field of Republican candidates because, as an African American, he could quickly become the target of some hater with a rifle who won't sit still for a black president. There's no question but that Powell, as a candidate or as president, would be forced to walk carefully. But so do others in politics. With 200 million guns on the loose in America, no one is safe, regardless of what he or she stands for. In this regard, Powell would face no different danger than anyone else except, perhaps, in degree.
October 14, 1995 |
Colin Powell is often compared to Dwight Eisenhower and now, it turns out, the comparison is more apt than anyone might have imagined. As Ike did with Joe McCarthy so has Powell done with Minister Louis Farrakhan - ducked the chance to condemn. Invited personally by Farrakhan to participate in the Million Man March, Powell weakly responded that - dash it all - he had other plans. It seems Powell has the political bug after all - and it's weakened his backbone. It is with some reluctance that I reproach Powell, whom (the record will show)
May 28, 2012 |
It's sobering, on this Memorial Day weekend, to read the chapters on Iraq in Colin Powell's new book, to ponder the waste of soldiers' lives that resulted from the peremptory decision to wage war on the basis of specious intelligence. It's also his sad duty to acknowledge — finally, after nine years of silence — that the pro-war lobby within the Bush administration essentially traded on his image of rectitude when it trotted him out in front of the United Nations, six weeks before the '03 invasion, to tell a string of untruths about Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction.
August 31, 2001 |
I wish Colin Powell were going to the U.N. Conference on Racism in South Africa. The United States needs him there this weekend. The conferees need him. Powell himself reportedly wants to be there. But the Bush administration, whose theme song seems to be "If We Don't Like It, We Won't Play," is keeping him home. The reason: The administration dislikes the draft language of the conference resolutions. They are right: The language stinks. It resurrects the canard that "Zionism is racism" and specifically names only one country - Israel - in hundreds of paragraphs decrying the global evils of racism.
October 3, 1993 |
A few years ago, I was standing nearby when Gen. Colin L. Powell, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walked into the head-table reception room for the annual dinner of the Gridiron Club of Washington. Murmuring greetings to others, he headed straight to a corner of the room where Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, Democratic National Chairman Ronald H. Brown, Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins were all gathered.