Colin Powell’s continued fall from grace

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There can be no doubt that at one time, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, General Powell was seen as the epitome of American leadership who many slated to be president one day.

However, it seems a perceived slight from the Bush administration set Powell on a course of a scorned and vengeful man. Saddest of all is that General Powell, in his search for some form of recompence, has sacrificed his principles.

I remember General Powell’s tv ad during the 2012 presidential election crediting Obama with economic restoration.

However, Powell’s recent fall from grace has him endorsing a single-payer healthcare system.

According to Newsmax, Powell told the Puget Sound Business Journal:

“I think universal healthcare is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen. Whether it’s Obamacare or son of Obamacare, I don’t care. As long as we get it done.”

How is it that someone who wore the uniform of this great nation and stood on freedom’s ramparts against the enemies of liberty, communists and socialists, now embraces one of their fundamental tenets?

Powell continued:

“And I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.”

General Powell, Sir, it is not working in those countries, first of all, which is why Canadians have healthcare brokers who find them medical services in America. As well Sir, look up the death rate for prostate cancer in England as compared to the United States.

General Powell says, “We are a wealthy-enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality healthcare.”

Sir, we are a wealthy country that does ensure every American, including those here illegally, have access to quality healthcare. What we need is to expand the opportunities for Americans to enjoy all the privileges this nation affords. The last thing we need is to expand government control over one of the most personal decisions, our health. Sir, I wrote about free market principled means by which we improve the American healthcare system.

Sadly, General Colin Powell was a role model whom I once held in high regard. He has broken his oath to the Constitution, which limits government intrusion and invasion into the lives of American citizens. Therefore, I can no longer view him as the honorable man I wanted to emulate.


  1. He doesn’t apparently understand the problem. He has never been on a non-government health plan his entire life most likely so he never worked in the private sector to see how a 40% increase in your medical care looks like.

  2. I can see this being very disappointing to you. I considered him a better man too but has turned out to be a fraud to Conservative principles.

  3. Well put Brother Allen West. I agree. Anyone who says that control over us in any form of hospital care, gun control and etc is one of breaking the Constitutional rights they swore to uphold and maintain in all dignity and forthrightness. I too will not hold Collen Powell up either….such a shame too….amen

      • You’d be funny if you weren’t so pathetic. I guess you’re one of those who likes to let people murder other people and call it a “choice.” Bet you anything you wouldn’t call it a “choice” if it was YOU being murdered, you arrogant little POS liberal.

  4. The old saying was death and taxes were unavoidable? Well you would never have to pay taxes if you lived with your parents for all your life and did not work. You cannot escape Obamacare though. For the first time ever in the history of this country, you have to pay for a service or pay a tax as long as you have a pulse. Liberty lost.

  5. We are so infiltrated that no one will speak against this administration , but what a load of crap for lack of better word . HE is a commie bought and sold . He has disgusted me for along time but this is like he was implanted with a microchip and programmed. YOU can’t be more wrong or stupid.
    Col West we need you .

  6. Doesn’t the fact that people from those countries when truly facing a life or death illness, come here for treatment mean anything to these people

  7. Anybody here want to bet me that if he dies while obama is squatting in the white house the US Flags will not be half-staffed for him. As far as universal health care goes, his proposal, isngle payer, and obamacare wont work in the US especially if we want to continue to be the pacesetter in medical advances such as wonder medicines. We can do better, we can do it the American way by freeing the market place

      • We didnt for General Schwartzkopf. Nor will we, I would wager, for Blly Graham who is on death’s door. Mandela was a commie terrorist and we all know what the one squatting in the white house thinks of those folks. And he has no loyalty so General Powell could not count on his support of of that squatter to get the honor mandela got.

    • Exactly! I’ve said all along that the reason our politicians stay quiet is because of blackmail from Obama. Many of them have become multi-millionaires while in office and Obama can tell us where every dime came from, how much and when.

  8. Will Powell even be involved with the OBCARE??? Wouldn’t he be on TRICARE or whatever is offered to the upper echelon of the military??

    • If Hagel doesn’t make all military change from TriCare to Obamacare. It’s being discussed, from what I’ve heard. And btw, all military are on TriCare. Doesn’t matter what rank you are.

    • You are Correct, and you bet he will get the best treatment, Still he would have a deductible and pay 20 percent if he uses a doctor outside their system!!
      He is not hurting for money!

  9. Dear Mr. West: YOU are an honorable man, and I thank you for your integrity and love for our country. Thank you for NOT compromising and holding fast to what is true and honorable. It saddens me to see how Mr. Powell has chosen to “fall of the wagon.” What a disgrace! We are praying for you! Al Fike, Dallas, TX (

  10. Maybe GEN Powell should re-read his own auto-biography because he is clearly contradicting his own words. I urge all of you to read it and see for yourself.

  11. Very sad and disappointing! From what I’ve heard, the Military may end up in Obamacare…that is if Obamacare survives.

    The administration should just give it up! They are wasting precious money and energy on this mess and no matter what they do, they will not be able to SAVE FACE! SO, give it up and SAVE THEIR BUTTS!

  12. Colin has shown that he is nothing but a liberal progressive Socialist Communist Utopian Marxist and like his contemporaries; McCain, Kerry, etc he has forgotten or throws out his honorable service to this country and besmirches his uniform.

  13. I lost respect for him when it appeared to me he was just endorsing Obama for the color of his skin. I offer no proof, but I will say this, 95% of African Americans say Obama didn’t mislead the nation with ACA. Voting for Obama because the color of his skin is just as racist as voting against him for the same reason. Colin Powell endorsement of the liar puts him in the same category, if it didnt , he’d speak out about misleading the average uninformed American!

  14. I like you Col. West looked at Gen Powell as a great American. I cannot support him any longer. My view is he has sided with color more than being an American. I am saddened and very dissappointed.

  15. I used to admire Gen. Powell, but for some strange reason he has started following Obama’s ideologies instead of thinking about what’s best for America, which I do not agree with.

  16. I lost favor with General Colin Powell a long time ago. I noticed his leftist leaning tendencies and began to wonder what had happened to him. He is not the person I too once thought of as a role model. I could digress into the various reason I think this has happened but I think I will just say it is a sad state of affairs.

  17. Like you, I had hopes that ‘that’ distinguished general would lead the veterans and recruit the acting military leadership to overthrow the corrupted federal leadership and institute a martial system until the true constitutional government could be reestablished, until he played politics and joined the oath-breakers. I noticed that one of my former commanders also has chosen the dark side of leadership, ( COL ) general denny reimer. I guess once you get caught up in DC politics, it becomes the good-ole-boy network; and you end up selling your soul. Continue your good fight, remain true to your oath, as I will to mine. Chaplain Dick Hammond (ret)

  18. At last someone else sees Colin Powell for what he has become. I too admired him and would at one time have supported him for president, thinking he was cut from the same mold as Dwight David Eisenhower. But with huge egos comes huge anger at being slighted, or perceiving to be slighted. I am saddened and disappointed to see someone who once had a brilliant mind slip into socialist madness. But, now we know what a mistake he would have been as president. At least we were saved from that.

  19. Mr West Sir,
    I did not enter Military service in 1962 as my best buddy went into the Marines right out of high school. He spent twenty years as a Marine and was in Missles in Vietnam three different tours and then worked as a civil service employee on the same missles after retiring. He now lives in Barstow,Ca.. But where I’m going with this is YOU Sir are Three times the American that Colin Powell ever could be . I love your Patriotism and Dedication to Our Country and It’s constitution .. I would vote for YOU as Presidential Candidate were you to run !!! We need a President with your conviction and Integrity . America needs very much to have a leader like you in our first position at the helm to straighten out the corruption and tyranny going on now !!!!! I am ASHAMED of this group now at the top!! They all belong in JAIL for Tyranny and Breach of Office ….. Let alone the BALD LIES to America !!! God Bless you Sir we need you ..

  20. When he voted for Obama because of his color, I lost respect for him then…and not standing up for the rights of our Military men and women… just another Obama kool aid drinker…

  21. I can remember a time when I waited in line for hours to buy an autographed book from him. I admired and respected him and when I got up to buy my book, I remarked that I wished he would run for President of the United States. It has been quite a while since I have banished him because he has completely turned to the dark side in embracing socialism and the extreme leftists! He is a sellout, plain and simple! P.E.R.I.O.D.!

  22. Universal health care works – and it’s not “socialism”. It’s just “sensible”. Powell’s right and the right is wrong.

    • Ever been treated in any of those systems? We will ruin the quality of care for more people than get it who did not before. John Roberts made a grave error. Will you realize what has happened when investment in medical research goes down after this pile of crap is implemented? I don’t think it will be, because when mainstream America gets it right in the face next year, they’ll be looking for who they can lynch. And I will help find them.

      • Roberts found the authority under taxing clause of the Constitution. As a tax Congress can get rid of it at anytime they find the votes and resolve. The genius is that by finding it a tax. One may adjust, modify, limit funding, remove penalties without invalidating the law technically. Get one of those passed and whole law crashes. Only a matter of time now!

    • No it is socialist type of system. Also that type of system would never pass the Supreme Court. As this version barley did as a tax.

    • You are so uninformed. It is socialism. My husband has VA benefits and when he complained about waiting 4 hrs to see the doctor he was told he was in “socialized medicine now”. He has been waiting for a procedure for 8 1/2 yrs. A simple procedure that could save his life. He has been rejected many times according to his VA doctor. Finally, good news! He gets it July of 2017! IF HE LIVES THAT LONG.

  23. A major difference that the left will not touch and seems to be forgotten when comparing our health care system to those they like to point to.. TORT. Our Dr’s pay huge malpractice insurance bills by way of you and the middle man the health insurance company. Often hundreds of thousands of dollars. Guess what if it goes full gov health care.. try suing the gov? Or somehow are they still going find a way for the ambulance chasers to make millions off the health care system? If you want to copy those places, you have to copy their pretty strict liability/malpractice systems too and you know the tort lobby won’t go for that. They helped install many of these left leaning politicians and the President. If we are going to play this game, we need to adopt loser pays and that would include all these BS lawsuits that stop every refinery or pipeline from being built.. I don’t think they are ready to go all in because it comes with things they don’t want to give up.

  24. I hate to say this, but like Obama & McCain and others he has never ran a business or had a job in the private sector. So what do these men know about earning their own money? They have spent a lifetime earning OUR money.

    • What leadership? Following Obama like a puppy dog. Need to learn the difference between being a leader and a follower. Democrats like followers who do not question and do as the master say’s. Something Colin has always been good at. Never been a leader in any position. In military was Bush’s lap dog. Never work or lead anything in his life.

  25. Well, now, let’s take a look at this: Who retired as a 4 star General and who was forced to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel? Hmmm….

      • My dog is steadfast and loyal. That’s not difficult. If that’s the best West has to offer, he needs to go back to the drawing board.

      • All Generals are political, but not all Lieutenant Colonels commit war crimes in front of their troops and then brag that they’d do it again.

      • Looking it up, it appears the loony Left as typified by The Daily Kos and others, thought that when Colonel fired his sidearm past the ear of a terrorist because getting the dirt-bag to talk was in his judgment essential to protecting his men, someone didn’t like this. If we had far left America hating miscreants out from under their rocks during WWII, and had they screwed things up with things like this and the “Rules of Engagement” that make our guys targets who have to be shot at first before they return, we’d be speaking German right now. One should admire West for not just shooting the terrorist as most of the rest of us would do. D

    • One stood for his principles and protected his soldiers and the other walked over the backs of his subordinates for personal gain. I was there.

    • rank has no bearing on principles… look at that lame ass that runs the marine corps now that keeps breaking the law to see what I mean

  26. I am so tired of the “access to quality healthcare” line. We have always had access to quality healthcare. If Insurance companies hadn’t dumbed us down to what we pay, we would still have affordable healthcare. Every emergency room in the country was required to treat anyone who came in with an emergency. It became onerous when that was extended to anyone who came in. Colin Powell is a disgrace to the oath he took to protect the constitution from enemies foreign and domestic.

  27. The idea that Canadians are clamouring to go down to the States for medical care is just categorically false. Our system is flawed, but the ultimate third rail in Canadian politics is to suggest that healthcare be in any way shape or form ‘Americanized’. I may wait a little longer than I’d like for knee surgery, but every single citizen is covered up here with comprehensive, basic coverage. The reason every other advanced western nation has a system similar to this (they’re all variations on the same idea, with differing levels of privatization, but all with a base level of government-funded care for all) is because it WORKS. No one goes bankrupt because they get cancer. No one has to stick with a crap job because they’re afraid of losing their employer-based medical coverage. No one has to go through the hassle and anguish of fighting tooth and nail with an HMO to get reimbursed for medial care. No one is ever denied service by their insurer because of a pre-existing condition. If you don’t like 40 million people being uninsured, you don’t like the ACA, and you definitely don’t like single-payer, then what IS your solution?

    • The solution is a free market and leave it up to the States! Destroying %100 of our healthcare system to acommadate 15% of Americans is ridiculous! The reason the United States makes huge medical break throughs in cancer research and all other forms of sickness, illness and injury is because our free market system.

      • Thank you for adding that medical breakthroughs will suffer if the whole system is run by bureaucrats. Cratering that will be yet another way the left will diminish the US…

    • They’re not clamoring, but those with the means to pay for it who don’t want to wait go to the US, including some of your senior political people like Paul Martin who was caught doing this. Most Canadians can’t afford to do much of anything, so they are stuck with what you have on offer. I will concede that the Canadian system seems to be good at figuring out what’s wrong with you, but without competition and private insurance you are going to have shortages and delays delivering treatment. It doesn’t have to be that way, but you all have had your system so long by now that Canadians get indignant and militant about it when anyone tries to point out its defects, and they are fundamental. Look at what happened to poor Natasha Richardson, she was driven around in an ambulance from hospital to hospital, in the US she would have been flown in a helicopter immediately but you don’t have enough choppers.

      • I live across the border from Canada. It is amazing to see the number of Canadian license plates sitting in our medical facilities. Why is that?

    • ahem – I lived in Florida for 20 years – and you canadians flock here in the winter and tie up our health system every year to get all of your medical procedures done that you can’t get up there. You talk about it ad nauseum in the waiting room… How about standing up and supporting a law that bans candadians from getting healthcare procedures in the US – and see how fast your citizens stand behind that?

    • That’s why the state of Massachusetts has how many of the top ten hospitals in the world? Canada none! One state has more then whole country? Not to mention also has one of the top ten medical school in the world. Canada? None! No only the rich Canadians who can afford the elective or non-elective procedures do. You will wait longer and only get average care that was pioneered in America. It works because America been footing the bill of innovation and education for years. Canada has never been at the forefront of any real medical technological advance. If you want to compare…try it Canada’s a joke.
      No but you still get stuck in crap job. If poor do you have your choice of specialist? By the way America is on cutting edge of cancer treatment and Canada never has been. innovation came from our system you waste of a country just leaches off it. Not to mention no one care what you think you still the queens serf and so is your queen bowing nation. We threw that yoke off years ago. Comparing a nation that has the population of one US state. Truly dumb wannabe who nation still has the identity of the English monarchy. Slave!!!!

      • In fairness, Canada only has 32 million people and their system has been encrusted on them for some time. Would you believe it all started as “catastrophic insurance” provided in the province of Saskatchewan?

    • It doesn’t work in France and, regardless of what you think, it won’t work in America. I have heard Canadians talk about how long it takes to get any kind of care under your system, so maybe you are one in a million who is happy to live off the government. That is NOT what America is about. HMO? What the hell do you think Obamacare is? When a panel of persons having absolutely no idea what your health situation is and really could care less, that’s a HMO. All my working life, I stayed clear of HMOs and now it’s being forced down my throat. Perhaps you folks in Canada (if you are from Canada) VOTED for the healthcare system you now have. We didn’t and don’t want it. Why should I be forced to pay for abortions which I am totally against? Why should I be forced to have maturity benefits when my husband is 72 and I am 65? I paid my own way when I had my children. My children pay their own way. That’s called being an adult and not expecting someone else to make important decisions for you. That, my friend, is what America is about–or used to be. If a person is uninsured in America, it is because they CHOOSE not to be. There are jobs with healthcare benefits (or, at least, there were). The hospitals in America have always treated the poor. There are also many doctors who do charity work. This is a slippery slope America is on. Flirting with socialism leads to communism. Think Hitler and how he started, or do you even know? Get educated, or go to France or Canada or England. I know for a fact that France is being overrun by Muslims and so is England, but I am sure either of these countries would be happy to have you. Just leave America alone and let her be the democracy she was born to be.

    • No fighting for reimbursement. Just waiting for treatment for so long that you die before you are cured.
      Its a good thing your medical research is so advanced that the world follows your lead. WAIT?? You don’t have any medical research facilities? I guess that means your system pretty much sucks.

  28. To some of you commenting, don’t make this about race. Colin Powell is the only one who knows why he supports a Marxist- having said that.. Being married to someone who gave his life for this country in the military and a father who served for 31 years, he’s no longer the standard bearer for us.

      • No matter how it appears and whether or not Colin Powell’s statements are based in race, the issue itself is about Marxism (socialism, communism, Stalinism.. whatever you want to call it) vs. Capitalism.

      • Sure, keep thinking that. I hope you’re not the victim of the knock out game just because you refuse to see what is right there in front of you. Stay safe!

      • No , it isn’t. It’s about honor and carrying oneself with dignity. Colonel West is correct. Colin Powell is a bitter man. Liberals throw the race card around over everything. Stop stooping to their level.

      • If it isn’t about race, then why has Obama and other black politicians gotten a pass on everything they do? Wake up!

    • I see what you’re saying but Powell never supported anyone other than a Republican until the current White House resident ran. No, I think you’re wrong. Its not like BO isn’t the status quo for liberals (except on steroids) There’s no other explanation. He supported BO because BO is black. THAT’S about race.

      • I would hate it if that were true. My opinion of him has gone way down already.
        If that is reason for his betrayal would make him lower than pond scum. Truly sad because I once thought of him as a great man.

  29. The military’s healthcare system is about as close to a single payer system as we have in this country. General Powell has experienced it at its best (as, I suppose, befits a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and cabinet secretary). But I’ve experienced it as both a junior and senior enlisted member of the armed forces and I can say first hand that timely appointments were not to be had and the quality of care was hit or miss.

    I suppose that for routine medical matters, like physicals and maybe a sprain, it would be hard to do the job poorly, but as soon as anything out of the norm hits, the system would virtually freeze up.

    So, yes, from General Powell’s point of view, universal health care has served him well. After all, for flag officers and political appointees, medical care is first rate.

      • My husband and two sons, all former Marines, did not find fault with the insurance provided to the military. That being said, it is truly sad that Colin Powell fooled so many people, me included.

    • I’ve spent a few days around Walter Reed. They have two hospitals in one. One for the officers and one for enlisted. One is really nice, the other is reminisce of a civil war field hospital.

  30. I used to think he would have made a great POTUS

    HE has lost his mind!!
    I cannot talk for other countries as I just have hearsay, But the United Kingdom Of Great Britain’s Health care is going down the drain fast!
    They pay for medical cowerage out of paycheck, and pay for prescriptions,
    Children and old age pensioners are treated fairly well

    If you want to wait 3 years to see a specialist, lie in
    N ambulance for up to 6hrs as the Hospital is overcrowded and by the law! They have to see patients within 1/2 hr of arrival INSIDE the Hospital! So ambulances wait their turn! I wander how many die while waiting or trying to get emergency

  31. He also pays illegal invaders to do work for him around his house, instead of tax-paying, voting law-abiding citizens! He is a traitor!

  32. General Powell might had been a good general and leader of men into combat, but now he is nothing more than a typical political hack. As a general, he should be up in arms as to what Obama is doing to our military and be ashamed and discussed at the current and former defense secretary that became nothing more than a YES man for Obama. Also, as General Powell was a former Secretary of State, he should be ashamed as how Hillary and Kerry are running that department. In other words, Powell needs to grow a pair and have the spine to stand up to Obama as he destroys our military and has turned the once great USA into nothing more than a paper tiger. That was how it was when I served under Jimmy Carter and we welcomed and were overjoyed when Reagan kicked Carter out of office and Reagan turned everything around.

  33. Powell,obama along with Clinton are champions of the socialist America and the new world order program with the the E.U ruling the new world order with Germans as thier Head !! Unless the right wingers or a real strong Independent get voted into office America as we know it Will die a faster than slow Demise.At this point obama is a huge danger to Freedom to our nation!

    • I think it takes an awfully high minded, determined and highly esteemed black man or woman to stand against the democrat party when so many blacks go that way by default. They don’t look at the issues or any reasons to do anything other than what they’ve always done. The South used to be that narrow-minded as well but they finally came around. Many blacks are starting to come around to the fact that the GOP ISN’T anti black, contrare, the GOP (Lincoln) fought the democrat party to end slavery. Many blacks probably don’t have a clue about that. If the current occupants don’t destroy this country, I am hopeful that the future will show many more blacks taking a stand against what the dem party has done to them over the last 50 years and that’s in using them as a means to an end.

  34. Colin Powell: perfect example of affirmative action recipient.
    Now that he has obama in OUR White House, it is obvious what his true feelings are.
    And he is nothing more than another obambot.

      • The white belongs to the people of America. Maybe you had better get yourself back into school, and this time pay attention !!

      • I repeat: President Obama is an American person. He was elected to the office of the President of the United States by the American people in 2008, and re-elected to that office by the American people in 2012. So, once again, I need clarification on that statement.

      • I repeat, the white house does belong to the American people. Our tax dollars paid for it and our taxes pay for the upkeep of said white house. It is OUR house. Obama only gets the use of it during his tenure as president. He only gets the use of it until his term is over or until we get rid of him. I’m hoping for the latter.

      • Would Americans qualify as the group who are the owners of the White House? As we on this page are Americans, we can refer to it as OURS!!!

      • I’ve answered this question several times. As the duly elected President of the United States, President Obama has every right to reside and preside there.

      • As were his predecessors. I am unaware of any attempts by President Obama to gain title of ownership to the property: if you have any proof to that effect, please provide it.

      • President Obama is a person. And the American people elected him to the office of President of the United States in 2008, and then re-elected him (and resoundingly so, I might add) in 2012.

        So I guess I still need some clarification on to whom you are assigning dominion over the White House.

  35. I thought I was a Democrat and then I began to know better. This Colin Powell was a lesson for me because I thought he was so great, and then wow how wrong i was!

    • Funny you’d say you “thought” you were a democrat. I have several relatives that I fought like cats and dogs back in the early to mid 90’s. (Me GOP and they DEM) Into the mid 90’s after Clinton, they decided they were more suited to be “independents” (which is fence sitting in MY opinion) Well, by the mid 2000’s they were voting for Bush (not perfect but head and shoulders above these current folks) and now they are talking like out and out conservatives. My point? Maybe there’s hope out there. 🙂

  36. Yes, he has fallen from grace. But, I felt that way from the moment he supported Obama. I agree with others, that true to form, the Chicago mafia style Obama must have something on a lot of these turncoats.

  37. without a doubt, the “administration” has something on the General. Something from his past, either personal or professional, or on one of his loved ones…Sad but they did the same thing to Herman Cain and the Black community stood silently by.

  38. Sadly Colin Powel turned out to be a big fake and a turned coat. One of the very few mistakes Reagan did. And Reagan would be so terribly disappointed.

  39. What was the issue with him & President Bush? What ever it was, Powell has confirmed his lack of loyalty to the United States. He appears to be anybody’s dog that will hunt with him.

  40. Col West, as a retired Army First sergeant, I agree with you in full. I too at one time viewed Gen Powell as the model for a leader. Now I find myself feeling duped by him. I am sure his plea to the UN on the Iraq war was what sent him to the dark side and it is sad. Can no longer support him.

  41. It saddens me that a once great man has fallen so low. I had high hopes of him being a strong republican leader one day. Those hopes have certainly been dashed.

  42. Powell got the same treatment as the obamsssss. He was black and they needed to promote a black so up the chain he went, over a lot more qualified people, that happened to be white. But the color of his skin got him the promotions not the qualify of his work. And now more of the traitor comes out, but when you drink the obamssssss kool aid that is what happens to you. You turn into a obamassssss zombie and have no brain left to think with.

  43. I never saw him as anything but a bro of Obama and the other folks like Sharpton and others who have one goal black domination,or as Valerie Jarrett said payback time.That’s what Obama is all about and all his followers like Powell.

    • It can be said that one of Obama’s main jobs is spanking mainstream White America, but blacks will never dominate anything for any length of time. If they do, let’s try to see to it that the black leaders are guys like West not Jackson.

  44. There were plenty of young female officers who were revolving in and out of his back door as the Mrs was on her way through the front door! Listened to one if his former drivers who had a few tequila shots at the “Club” and they were running interference ….often! A few close calls with the Mrs in Germany! Which is why he did not run for president! He speaks with forked tongue now! Sad day!

  45. You can paint a Yellow Dog brown or black, even white for that matter, but under the paint job, and above all else, he/she’s still a yellow dog. Stripes don’t change…only the face they put forward.

    • I doubt it. They all hold him in high regard for saving their lives but you wouldn’t know about that you were home drinking the kool aid playing call of duty while watching Keeping up with the Kardashians.Telling everyone you are going to join the marine corp as soon as you lose 200 pounds.

      • You hit that one on the head clever. These idiots who make foolish comments like this don’t have a clue of what he did. He should have gotten a medal instead of the shaft. Col. West is a true American and hero.

  46. At first I thought he would make a good president. Then I started hearing what he was saying on several fronts. The final straw was when he advocated taking our guns. I would never have imagined a military man breaking with our constitution. He crossed the line then, and again now. Shameful.

  47. Col. West, I share your disappointment; General Powell was once my idol. Unfortunately, his “feet of clay” seems to be where his brain has moved to.

  48. He has not lost his mind. Most people don’t know how it works. He was promoted through the system for the sake of diversity. He had smart people behind him holding his hand, telling him everything he needed to say and do. Now that he has no political power and has no more chance at upward mobility his supporters have jumped ship. Now he has to talk for himself and instead of being told what to say he speaks his own mind.

      • Obama is a lying POS and Powell sadly is a turncoat POS! Go to and continue to kiss Obama’s leftwing socialist butt you pathetic scumbag!!!

      • Allen West has no one holding his hand, he seems to be speaking his convictions and no one’s other than his own.

      • You are an ignorant person who isn’t fit to tie LtCol West’s shoes. He has far more accomplishments….real accomplishments than you do. He is highly educated and decorated, and is an honorable man who stands on principles. Your only principles appear to be sucking off the government teat, demanding more handouts, and being a racist for your attacks on Col West.

  49. Who wants to be like Europe, Canada, Korea and all the other countries with universal healthcare?? America is the greatest nation on earth because we do (or did) things OUR way through principles of freedom and liberty. What we have in Washington today, my friends, is NOT leaders but a bunch of followers. Thank you West for being a leader!!

  50. Oh yes, Allen West, si, you said it perfectly! Mr. Powel was my next president of the USA before even Barck Obama, but look at his FALL FROM GRACE….SAD!!!!!!!!!!

  51. When I look at the plight of many in Africa,it worries me that that could happen to America because of the same kind of selfish blacks that really only care about themselves like the vacationing Obamas and Jarretts.

  52. Colonel West, sadly, Colin Powell has been a sorry, shucking scumbag for a long time now. I’m sorry he has failed you as a role model, and understand why it has taken you this long to reach your conclusion – you want to keep giving chances to see your faith justified.
    Probably the last time I would have stood with this individual was when he, as a junior officer was trifled with over purchasing a home here in Columbus, and drove across the river to buy a home in Phenix City. There was no valid excuse for his experience – though I would have sided with any if he acted then as he acts now, because I’ll defend anyone’s right to not do business with anyone who is a horse’s ass.
    This empty suit has been running a false flag op of his life for some time now and is not an individual worthy of your cooperation or respect.
    If we can flush the John Boners out of Congress on the same basis of failed promises and out of the Republican Party, then if this loser liar ever comes back to run we may hope to tell him to go pound sand elsewhere, because he’s certainly no Republican.
    I will make two personal statements about this worthless excuse for an officer. 1. I would not follow this man into combat. and 2. In the words of an old senior Cavalry officer rating one of his junior officers: “I would not breed from this Officer.”

  53. Obama is black, Powell is black. Therefore Powell supports Obama regardless of his positions, and will continue to do so forever, or as long as he is black. Should he become white, Powell would do an instant 180. It’s called racism. It works both wys.

  54. I was never a big fan of General Powell. He has always expressed liberal beliefs. He was in the right place at the right time of affirmative action and moved up the military ladder. He was followed by even more liberal general officers. Two who readily come to mind are Wesley Clark and Eric Shinseki.

  55. I was very disappointed when he endorsed Obama for president. I have learned that it is better to select dead heroes and role models because they will never disappoint you.

  56. Why do knuckleheads like Powell continue to claim that the U.S. is a wealthy country? With all due respect Mr. Powell . . . WE ARE OVER 17 TRILLION IN DEBT! What is it going to take to convince our big-government, wealth-redistribution advocates that socialism has been proven to be a FAILED SYSTEM each and every time it has been tried throughout modern history?

    • And you are a sick and ignorant guy. Allen West understands the Constitution – and is trying to honor his oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Yes -we have ignorant voters who want their representative to violate the Constitution, create a bigger government, bring home the ‘bacon’, spend up a storm, run up a big debt that gets passed to future generations…and you apparently agree with stealing from our kids and growing a bloated government. So …other than being a despicable excuse for an American…one who hates the Constitution and don’t like those who support it…can you contribute anything meaningful??

    • And you aren’t fit to be considered a rational human being! Surely you don’t believe that all 118% of his constituents that voted agree with you?

  57. I knew he was a sell out when he first went to the UN and told them about the WMD in Kuwait and then turned against Bush. He lost whatever credibility I might have had for him in that regard. When someone lied to cover their own butt and point to another who was innocent, Sir, Mr. Colin Powell, I knew then that you were black man first before you were conservative! And to know that you voted for Obama twice in a row and then pretended you didn’t, another lie Sire that this country didn’t need from you! You no longer hold any regard for the truth and now to support this poorly written Universal healthcare just because it is this black President’s baby, really shows that you no longer belong to the conservative group that you pretended to belong to once in your life. Change your party rhino and be done with in. Live in truth!!!

    • We MUST remember Obamacare was not originally BHO’s idea, before him it was Hillarycare, we HAVE to stay away from the progressives as it leads to where BHO is taking us….I am sad that many African Americans do not see that where we are going IS NOT for them, but a POWER grab so ALL decisions will be made for ALL of us to KEEP ALL of us enslaved.

  58. I decided he was a sell-out and a cheap political hack after he left the Bush administration after the first term, and decided to start bashing that administration for the WMD in Iraq claims. You know, the guy who went before the UN and made the case for all the evidence we had against the Hussein Regime, and then said he never believed it?
    Now, I can understand him never believing it, but if that was TRULY the case, he should have fallen on his sword before going to the UN to try to sell them on our case. He talked in his book about the failures of leadership during Vietnam, and then – if he truly believed there were no WMD in Iraq – he did the exact same thing. He sold out by doing the Administration’s bidding instead of doing the honorable thing and saying, “Mr. President, I cannot do what you want me to do, here is my resignation.” I would still respect him if he had done that, regardless of his support for King Barry I…

  59. Collin Powell fell from grace by endorsing Obama to begin with, it was no secret he was a marxist, why on earth would a (once thought to be) conservative endorse him?

  60. I agree with you Col. West and pray that we can find more Senators and Congressmen/women who care more about this country than they do themselves.

  61. And Col. West, Eccl. 5:4,5 still applies to ANYONE who took the oath, since the last 4 words are ‘So Help Me God’. Eccl.5:4,5 says When thou vowest a vow to God, defer not to pay it: forhe hath no pleasure in fools:pay that which thou have vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

  62. sorry you lost a good role model, Col West. I used to admire Colin Powell as well. It is sad that he no longer feels obligated to defend the constitution from ALL enemies, foreign & domestic.. But the traitors to the american dream are legion.. they give lip service to liberty, while working for bondage. Our freedoms are on the run, & we need brave, committed individuals, like you, sir, to keep the dream of America alive. Stand fast, Col. West! Many of us want to return to a nation of freedom, & have your back!

  63. I too thought Colin Powell was the epitome of leadership and believed he would make a great president of the United States, sadly I was wrong about this man.

  64. “How is it that someone who wore the uniform of this great nation and stood on freedom’s ramparts against the enemies of liberty, communists and socialists, now embraces one of their fundamental tenets?” Because he is a career military man and the military is more akin to regime where the citizens do not own their clothing, their equipment, their freedom.

    • You are mistaken on clothing and some safety equipment. Except for bootcamp military personnel pay for their clothing and extra uniforms. If they want good safety equipment such as bullet proof padding for their throat, legs and private parts they have to order them and pay for them out of their income. Now families of military personnel must pay co-pays and a % of their medical care as well. They are coming more and more into the same field as civilians as far as benefits go. My grandson just came out of the Marine Corp and I was surprised at what they have to pay now. It is only recently that military men and women are feeling the restrictions on freedoms that was taken for granted as late as 2008. Like us if they are Christians they are being stripped of their right to freedom of religion. We are responsible for this disgrace because we are not fighting for our rights as individuals. I have wondered if it is possible for us civilians to file a class action suit against the US government for the many egregious acts against all of our Constitutional freedoms.

    • Lario, you are so mistaken you may now be known as stupid. Career military men are due our highest possible honors. You obviously know nothing about the uniformed services. You also sound jealous!!

  65. I am also disappointed it Powell. At one time I thought he would make a great President. I do not understand him supporting Obama. We are allowing illegals the same care as a normal citizen, with the exception of seniors. My brother-in-law went to have his PSA numbers checked.The prostate doctor told him, anyone over 60 diagnosed with Prostate cancer will be denied treatment.
    I do not understand, we paid into Medicare and Social Security all our lives, and now the benefits are given to anyone who will cast their vote for the Liberal party. While we seniors are denied treatment. I need knee replacement, but was advised to take supplements for the discomfort.

    • I live in Canada. My mom was refused a hip replacement because she had had a stroke from which she fully recovered. She spent the last 10 years of her life in great pain. I was booked for a prostate biopsy in January – I got in in August. I’m waiting for my followup biopsy. My wife waited several years for a gall bladder operation, because she wasn’t yellow. That she was up every night hurling was NOT the issue. She is currently on a waiting list for carpel tunnel. Maybe next year. On the other side, she had an industrial accident that was extensive, and she was well cared for overall – they did nothing to set her bones etc for at least three days – just morphine (or whatever). The final outcome was excellent, but why the long waiting times? Up til now, the affluent, the politicians, the sports celebrities, and the prisoners have gone to the US for immediate treatment. Looks like you are destroying what was once the envy of every Canadian with a medical need. And its sure NOT free – our taxes are way higher than yours, partly because of our unsustainable health care. As one Chief Justice stated: universal health care does NOT mean universal access to a waiting list. Your turn is coming . . .

      • One thing we can do, Mr Canada, is to change this ridiculous Obamacare law when we have a president and Congress that will do so. Personally, I believe this socialist law will fall apart, it is so greatly flawed!
        We can still offer care to those without means, we do it now, and will continue to do so post-B.O.

    • Good god, Mr. Matsu!! If the doctor you mentioned said “no treatment for prostate cancer” They must mean no treatment for any cancer in anyone over 60 years old! If you pray, do it now, as I fear prayer is the only recourse open to us now!! May our good God keep us now!!

  66. The states united to from a government that was totally different from those of Europe, Canada and Korea. The principles inherent in the republic that our founders created allowed us to become the greatest nation on earth. Since we have begun trying to emulate the very forms of government our founders eschewed, our republic has begun to deteriorate in many ways: We’re losing our liberty, progressively, a little at a time; Our economy continues to fall; Our people are no longer being taught the values that our founders held dear and that contributed to our greatness.

    In his desire to be like Europe, Powell forgets that we are (or at least were) much better off than Europe.

  67. Gen. Powell is a sell out trying to build his legacy. He can see that Obama is a fraud but has bought into the Socialist ideology.

  68. Well Allen, I was greatly disappointed by Gen Powell also. There are also other blacks I once thought were conservatives who continue to cling to B.O. Actually, I am disappointed by all people who voted for the liar in the White House, who continue to up hold him as an excellent president! I read just yesterday that B.O. said, long before his election that he had no respect for the Constitution. Why did no one tell us this years ago? Maybe they did, and I was snoozing, or out sailing, but no one told me.
    Last night I sent our state’s only Republican Senator an email stating that we would not vote for him again if he chose to allow Obamacare to be funded, or chose to even allow it to go through without a fight. My husband and I WILL keep our promise to NEVER vote for Mr. Johnson.

  69. I will tell you why we cannot do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing and Korea is doing, because we are #1. Why would anyone on earth want to go backwards? They wish they had what we have! Get sick on vacation and tell me how that single payer system works for you!

  70. I am appalled that Gen Powell is even suggesting that our nation become socialized! I was my understanding that his parents moved their family to the US because they wanted more freedoms and choices for their family. Gen Powell must be MUCH more thoughtless and dependent than we ever expected if he can leave his principles behind so easily, and to stand with such as a man as Barak Obama!

      • Absolutely possible!! I understand he makes over 72,000 dollars a month, beside his presidential salary. You must have heard about Mrs BO’s legendary buying sprees!!

  71. I would love to hear the arguments/discussions in the Oval Office regarding this. I’d love to hear what is being told to these folks to sway them that this plan is good thing? It’s a type of Robin Hood thing, but it’s taking from a working neighbor and being given to a non-working neighbor. I mean really, what are “they” telling these folks??? I seriously want to know: verbiage, “facts”, “figures”, etc.

    • I sincerely doubt that B.O. the liar in the White House, works for himself. I am not interested in wild theories, but B.O. must be handled by others much higher from somewhere than Illinois. I suspect the liar is being used by the”New World Order” group, or Illuminati, or some such group.

  72. Powell backs Owebama for one reason. Skin color.

    Lt. Colonel West is a cornball brotha to them. Wondered off the plantation.

    God BLESS you, Mr. West. Please stay safe and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  73. How is it that Allen B. West, who enjoyed socialist medicine for so long in the military, and continues to do so thanks to being quietly retired instead of summarily fired for his war crimes thinks that the rest of you aren’t worthy of the privilege of health care?

    • It is not socialist medicine in the military, it is employer supplied healthcare- and it is available to all who have the cajones to serve. The cowards that don’t aren’t entitled. War crimes- really? Just how much time have you spent serving in the military or are you one of the morons that just like to mouth off about it?

      • Crystal – Oh, Jeez. Don’t call it “employer supplied” health care, or someone in the administration will get the bright idea that the military and vets should be forced into Obamacare! They’ve suffered enough already.

      • It is socialized medicine, because the cost to everybody, regardless of rank or income, is the same, and the employer providing it IS the government.

    • Mr Barrantii, if you are trying to throw us off by dissing Mr West, you will fail and have failed. VA medical is not socialized, it is a benefit of being in the uniformed services! AS is a retirement benefit. As are VA loans, AS is VA paying for college tuition!! Obviously you have NEVER served your country in the uniformed services!! Besides, Allen West is not guilty of war crimes, or he would have been immediately drummed out, which he was NOT!!

    • michael barranti,i’m retired military and recieved and worked in healthcare while i was in and it was he best care anywhere,the people who retired were gauranteed healthcare as a retirement benefit and now we are loosing it little by little, and the the reason why some people think military medicine is bad is that they iether abused the system or waited until the last minute to use it and had to referred off to the va for treatment,now as healthcare for the rest of america,the only ones getting screwed are the working class people that are being forced by a socialist potus to provide for the lazy scum sucks who do not want to work,so stuff that socialism in your pipe

    • The problem is that on a small scale (our military, Finland, etc) it can be propped up and seem passable. I for one can tell you that single payer or “socialist” as you put it can’t work very efficiently. Even for the military, or did you forget all the whining about how our wounded soldiers were being treated @ Walter Reed and other military hospitals. The liberal left cries about how un-efficent and bloated the military is, then parades Tri-care out to say how we need that type of healthcare for everyone. Trust me when I say that military healthcare is as big and bloated program as social security, medicare, food stamps and almost any other federal government program.

      • Shucks, you got me on that one. I must have never served in any branch of the military. I did see “Platoon” and all of the “Rambo movies though……dipshit.

      • Please don’t believe what you see in movies as actual military actions most are biased against the military.

      • Gosh Daryl, I’m really not sure I can distinguish reality from a film or TV show. And just to be sure you understand…(end sarcasm)
        Although I’m pretty sure some of my commanding officers were quite sure the military was run exactly like “Stripes”

      • Population size has nothing to do with how efficiently the system will or won’t work. It works in Germany with a population of more than 80 million, it works in Britain with a population of 60 milllion, it works in Japan with a population of 127 Million. it will work on a much larger scale than either our 1.5 million man military or Finland’s 5 Million.

        The problem with this attitude is that it’s outright racist, because literally the only stumbling block in our safety net is population composition.

        The military is bloated and inefficient, spending hundreds of billions on failed, useless, and unnecessary weapons programs, not to mention hundreds of millions on failed uniform ventures, but Tricare and Medicare work as advertised..

      • So what you are saying is that you have no problem giving your healthcare to the same incompetent morons who manage our armed forces. And you must be completely delusional if you think Medicare is working well. It may be working as advertised, but it is by no means working well.

    • Any idiot dumb enough to indicate that the VA system is “socialist” medicine does not merit the dignity of a response … but for the rest of us … the VA system is built upon the private system … many of the professionals therein have practices outside of the VA, all the drugs are created by private enterprises for the private market, all the equipment, etc. Much of what my father received in terms of treatments came because his doctor was able to ‘sneak in’ what he needed from his practice : far from ideal but it works to some extent.
      And Mr West answered the question, you idiot … there is not ONE example of this functioning well in any of the countries that the fool Powell used as examples, not one. It is exactly why Ba-crock and the rest of the criminals had to lie through their teeth about everything … EVERYTHING. They never pointed to any other system … instead they painted this massive utopian lie that idiots like you suck up because you are too stupid to look around and see it is impossible (yes, impossible, even IF the people running it were not the dumbest buffoons who have never actually built ANYTHING of any value ever).

      Regardless … to Mr West’s point … this has NOTHING to do with the government, they are banned from sticking their noses into this aspect of our lives, but you communists are completely lawless … so now we all have to pay for your stupidity with our blood, sweat and tears, and now maybe even our lives. Feel free to go to North Korea if you want socialized medicine … nobody is stopping you (maybe you want to take along some rats to eat, seems like that is the main cuisine with fools like you running things).

      • And yet you managed to bang out three paragraphs.

        West is a jack-ass and doesn’t know what he’s talking about, socialist medicine has worked everywhere it’s tried,

    • What I see is a once honest man who has become DIShonest, lest he be called oreo, or some other epithet! He has shamed himself!!

  74. I admired him greatly but that is no longer the case since he supported Obama after most intelligent people had figured out what he was about. It is a shame. I do however, admire Allen West

  75. Perhaps we all should let our Republican reps and senators that they will not be voted for again if this POTUS is allowed to keep this country on it’s destructive path !!

    • TOO LATE! 2012 was our chance! It is hard to dissuade the masses when they are offered everything for free!!
      I just keep asking all the liberal loudmouths if they’ve signed up for Obamacare. Cher, Michael Moore, Bill Maher, et alia do not answer my polite inquiries on Twitter. Maybe Barry gave them exemptions – who knows!

  76. I *never* had a reason to admire this man … from the word go he seemed like a ‘climber’ (peter principal) type who simply glommed on the glory of others. I simply do not accept that his actions post military would have been any different than how he would have behaved in the military, so I presume he wrecked a lot of careers for others as he clawed his way up. I might be wrong, but I sure as heck was right in the end.

    • Read Col David Hackworth’s book “Hazardous Duty.” He tells all about Powell and his grooming for rank. Hackworth was the Army’s most decorated soldier of the Vietnam era and a professional soldier. Hack was an out spoken critic of what he called the “Perfumed Princes” of the Army, and Powell was one of those Princes.

  77. Yes, I too once admired him, but his vote for Obama was a racist vote rather than an informed vote; especially his second vote for Obama. We need more than seeing color in our great nation to save it – we need experience and the love for country that we have so lost during this administration. Anyone who has seen Obama stand arrogantly with his hands clasped, while others are pledging their alligence to our country with their hand over their heart, would know that we have lost any respect our great country once knew. Gen Powell is just another fish swimming in the great Obamaide pool.

    • Powell is a very, very bitter man that sees that the only way people “like him” can get ahead is through affirmative action. He made BG when they removed other selectees from the list so that minorities like him could be put on the list. So when he speaks out saying that government should be ingrained in our everyday lives, does it really surprise anyone?

      Lastly, CP seems to overlook the fact that after taking control of Iraq the USA sold over 500T of Yellowcake uranium to a Canadian company. Why would Iraq need that much Yellowcake? The intel from Africa seems to have been correct, albeit dated. And during GW-I, Hussein flew his MIGs to Iran to keep them from the infidels. Why wouldn’t he do the same with his equipment for making WMD? GWB postured for so long that Hussein had plenty of time to move whatever he didn’t want captured to another country (Iran or Syria).

  78. I once viewed Gen Powell in the same light but can no longer……..He has turned on America and Her Warriors…..Very sad to see this happen!!

  79. Colonel West, the saddest part of your post is that it took you so-so-so long to see the truth about this man. Were it not for the liberal media, Colin Powell would have been irrelevant a long time ago.

  80. I agree,at 1 point I thought he could possibly be a good presidential candidate NOT because he was black but because of his demeanor, and what was perceived to be an allegiance to his oath and the Constitution.Never did I think this man would base his loyalty on race.What a huge disappointment.I can’t believe that Col.Powell believes in his heart that THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION is the right leadership for this country.I can not believe he truly supports The affordable care act or socialized medicine especially seeing it’s short comings in other countries.If it is a personal protest for having been wronged by the GOP then I was totally wrong and fooled.Oh well I guess we dodged a bullet with this fellow.I can not even imagine having supported someone like this ONLY to be betrayed in the long run .

  81. Allen, when Gen. Powell went into Education as his next career, he sold out to the liberal notion; that was long, long ago. Teachers like to tell people what and how to think so to me it’s not that far fetched to watch General Powell do the same thing here. He’s telling you that since he thinks that way, why you should think this way too. Unfortunately, he has come to the Peter Principle and has fallen. Accept that he was a great General and is a worthless politician. It happens. Accept him for what he is. Nod and walk away.

  82. Takes a lot of brass from Allen West to even dream he is worthy of carrying Colin Powell’s golf bag let alone criticize the General’s commitment to America. Colin Powell probably doesn’t even know who Allen West. Col. West there’s a reason Colin Powell was you superior in the armed force. Just shut up already.

      • I’ll back you on that Vlad. I do not think you are stupid at all. You seem intelligent enough to me. I think you and I just have different philosophies and live in different dimensions (or sumthin)

    • I’m going to stick up for Vlad99 here. He has a right to his opinion whether any of us agree with him or not. I even believe Mr. West would say the same and we shouldn’t be telling each other other out here to shut up because we don’t like what somebody else has to say. Especially if what they say doesn’t agree with us.

      Vlad99 I don’t agree 100% with you but I will give you the respect for your opinion. I do have a lot of respect for General Powell but I don’t agree with his comment about what the other countries are doing. I do have friends in Canada that four years have bought insurance in the states and go to our doctors. A lot of them do not feel their insurance there is good especially if you have any major health issues.

      • Maybe your friends had lousy doctors and could afford to pay for private insurance. But overall Canadian single payer gets better results for less cost.

      • If they chose to have American doctors they of course the could afford private isurance. But yeah look it up. 🙂

      • Looks like France is no 1 according to that link kicking America’s 72nd place butt. Health Care totally public, provided 100% by the state.

      • Nope,,,just a very educated person. And I’m the one who brought Canadian into the mix here with one of my comments about my friends and he responded to that.

      • 99, not sure where you are getting your numbers or indicators from or if you are making them up, but you are wrong.

      • Ken the figures are out there. There are so many reporting’s that are out there. Some fluctuate a little but the outcome is the same.

      • Life Expectancy:
        Canada – M.80 F.84
        US – M.7 F.81
        Infant Mortality:
        Canada – 2.4 per 1,000 in 24 hours
        US – 2.6 per 1,000 in 24 hours
        Canada – 11.4% US – 17.9% Both are in the “7 Countries With the Highest Health Care Costs”
        Canada came in #5 US came in #1
        Some figures did vary depending where you looked but the results came out the same.

      • The WHO ranks Canada’s health care system #30 in the world. We’re #37, but we’re talking ten times the people Canada has.

      • I remember during the debates with Romney and Obama when they were talking about their ideas of a health care system, Romenycare vs Obamacare, Romney spoke up and said to Obama that the one thing they could agree on is we were the highest in health care costs compared to other countries. I’ve heard that said many times from the Left and the Right. But of course my brain, at those times, was in my own little world.

      • Obamacare is Romneycare at the federal level. Individual mandate came from Heritage Foundation. (Obama made that point in the debate) Real liberals are not for Obamacare they want a public option. Obama went with the individual mandate because he wanted the measure to be bipartisan and wanted republican backing. He didn’t think they’d call him a socialist anyways. He kind of deserves the mess on his hands because he tried to meddle with the private market and that’s a no no. What he should have done instead is expand Medicare. Let the private insurers adapt to the new environment. Offer an alternative and let Americans make up their mind.

      • And don’t forget all the immigrants that come here & get free medical care…usually sicker than average & this contributes to the higher mortality rates also.

      • there are a lot of factors not considered here Vlad, first of all are the skewed numbers used by pro-statist policies that you are aping.

        other factors are things like different work ethics, no fed reserve, and others, you would have to look up to see the relevance.

        Additionally, it is a FACT that the wealthy Canadians come to the US for health care- if it was better in Canada, they would spend their money there, but they dont.

        ALSO, Canada GETS most of their medications and med devices from the US. If single-payer systems contributed to the whole picture, they wouldnt be importing our goods either.

        Government regulation is the biggest contributor to the complaints that Americans have had against the American system. But then, that is why government does what it does. It ruins a market, and then pretends to be the savior after it forces you to become dependent.

        *national healthcare programs could only work in a Utopian society, which can never exist as long as human beings are not Utopian perfect. That is the problem with socialist governments- the ideology depends on the nature of man being different than he is.

      • Wealthy canadians go to the US for elective procedures not covered by the public system. Or experimental procedure not approved by Canadian’s Medicare. But your right it’s not the only factor. Bigger percentage of the population does not die from gun violence might contribute to the higher life expectancy.

      • I don’t remember Col West telling Powell to shut up. He was just stating his opinion which is different the Powell’s.

    • Yes, there was a reason for General Powell being Col. West superior, age and years in service. Powell is 24 years older that West. Most everyone questions Powell’s commitment to America at this point.

  83. So, whatever foreign Govts. do with their healthcare system should be adopted by the U.S.??? Does he feel that way about their military system too? Would he have promoted what Hitler, Mao, Stalin or Fidel did for their Countries too? Just because it’s done someplace else, doesn’t make it wise or even acceptable to do here. That’s why we have our Constitution to guide us – something that those other Countries don’t have but should have had so they didn’t crash and burn into Socialism.

    • Gary, don’t put any ideas into B.O.s head, please!! With his radical Islamic leanings he may just have in mind to reduce our populace by reducing our military. THEN he could kill off the Infidels, us that is!!

  84. I remember him with his lame pointer, using aerial photos and pointing out where exactly WMD’s were in hiding, in the Mid-East. He was very convincing that they were there. So convincing, a war later ensued. Yet … Powell NEVER seem to acknowledge his part when President Bush was called out for “lying”. IF Bush told a lie – it was Powell’s Lie, he told.

  85. As a matter of fact … Why are we even reading or discussing Powell, or anything he says. He is NOT relevant any longer. Who cares what his opinion is?

    • Because his esteemed image is being used to convince Americans that do not know how to discern the loss of their freedom is happening and / or those who can be convinced it will be a good thing for us even though they think otherwise sort of maybe……… he is convincing ‘us’ to be open for the single-payer system. Discussing this brings it to the open and you are right, his opinion is his. The pint is, don’t let him be used to sway convictions or the misguided who do not understand they are losing their freedom.

  86. Its tough when you discover that your hero’s have feet of clay. But I lost respect for him AND Rice when they sold their souls to perpetuate the Bush administration’s lies.

      • You are talking about 2 men who are skull’n’bones. At the very least, they have secrets. While I would give you that they are more honest than Obama and every other Democrat that exists today- to say “extremely” honest is extremely exaggerated. I am hoping you meant that as comparatively and not literally. 🙂

  87. Municipalities (the government) provide affordable, safe water and no one shouts “socialist water” while they’re showering or washing their car or flushing their toilet. We should be working on doing the same for health care because just like providing clean water for people, affordable health care benefits everyone.

    • Yes and everyone pays for their own water. No payment and the water gets shut off until YOU pay it. It’s the same rate for everyone – no matter race, age, gender. That is NOT how this is structured. Next time, how about comparing apples to apples.

    • Incorrect. Many municipalities’ water is provided by privately owned companies just as is the natural gas and fuel oil residents use are also provided by private companies. .

    • Besides, some of us prefer our private well which we must pay for everything, drilling, testing electricity to pump it and plumbing to name a few. Maintenance as well. Stupid statement and comparison Christine…must be a liberal for nobama.

    • In my county in California, people have a choice of buying property that have wells. They are not forced to hook to the main water system for the good of all. But no matter what, there are still thousands of poor or homeless people who do not have municipal water… or showers… or toilets. . And as others have stated… our publicly owned water municipality was purchased several years ago by…. (drum roll) a private company.

    • I think the point you miss, is that this Obamacare scam is NOT what they promised- and NOTHING like what you seem to think it is.

      They sold it on THE alternative to those evil insurance companies…well, guess who is STILL providing the coverage? If you arent a complete retard, you’ll see it is those same “evil” insurance companies, only NOW, because of Obamacare- you are forced to BUY it from them and because it is mandatory, it costs MUCH more.

      Also promised, was that more people would be covered (they even lied as much to say that everyone would be covered)- but in reality, more people are LOSING their insurance than are getting it now…that means a LOWER number of people will be covered.

      Guess what else, Christine, the whole propaganda about pre-existing conditions is a lie too. The truth is, people with pre-existing conditions will just have to pay more (as it was before)- and they will be covered because they are forced to buy coverage, at their own expense, which is higher for people with pre-existing conditions. On top of that, those pre-existing conditions may not get treated anyway, despite coverage, because the government decides what treatments you are worthy of receiving…

    • Affordable for who…the poor? The middle class takes a screwing big time with the unaffordable health care act. They can’t afford the healthcare.

    • But Christine, I think you missed the point. It’s NOT affordable. My affordable health insurance was cancelled. In its place I’m offered a very high deductable & high premium policy. I just don’t have that kind of $ laying around… This will cause a real hardship on my family & me. We were fed a pack of lies right from the start!

    • We already had healthcare assistance in place for women and children it was and is called Medicaid. This helps people with pre-existing illnesses. The young people will find themselves paying for health insurance the do not need or want at a price they can not afford. Those who have insurance like retired military have had our insurance premiums increase for the past two years or since the AHA became law. This country has taken a turn towards socialism. It is not the country I grew up in and that concerns me.
      As for General Powell I respect his rank and the man he once was. He has turned to far to the left and has embraced the liberal progressive’s. I am losing respect for the Republican leadership as well. They are looking more and more like lap dogs. The liberal progressives who follow their President in lock step are embracing ungodly things. I fear for the future of the country.

  88. I love the simplicity and directness of your words Allen West. Many people are looking at healthcare like its some kind of new charity or a form of humanity. Truth is, national healthcare is not the same thing. Anyone who’s lived in Europe, knows that it does not work (I did for 18 mos.). Note-Their county does not have a massive deficit and a huge population like America either. This is enslaving the hardworking Americans to pick up the slack on those who feel the world owes them. Life is hard. Get a job and pay for your own insurance. If you are not able, then rely on the state for a time, but get back in the game of working toward the American Dream. Of course, there are a percentage of exceptions, but the general public needs to cut the crap with this entitlement. Freedom never was free!!!

  89. I became sadly disappointed in General Powell when he came out in support of Barack Obama. I thought he was intelligent enough to have discovered what Barack Obama stood for and these were the values I thought General Powell had fought against.

  90. And to think I once hoped Powell would run for POTUS. I remember feeling very disappointed when he declined, but now realize it worked out best for America that he didn’t.

  91. A General once told me that there are TWO ‘kinds’ of generals in the military; One is a committed soldier and protector of this nation… The other is a politician in a uniform. Powell has always been the latter. That is why his behavior does not surprise me in the least. I say exile him to Europe if he likes it so much over there.

      • He is better in so many ways. Eisenhower was a very competent and capable leader in his time and Allen West would be the same probably better.UNITING IS WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEED. THE LIBERALS WANT NO PART OF IT.

      • At least Allen West is an honest man!!!!Anybody that would support Ovomit,,,Twice!!!!!!!Is just as dishonest as he is!!!!

      • Do a little research before you post, Powell tried to run for something I believe in the 90’s as a Republican, but dropped out when the Dem’s started digging into his wife’s past and upsetting her. So Powell IS a politician in uniform, as you so eloquently out it.

      • People wanted him to run. Hell, I wanted him to run at the time. It seemed like he didn’t want to subject his family to some of the things that came along with it. I respected that, but was still upset that he didn’t run. I agree with most of what Mr. West says, so I would love to see him pursue more. He’d probably get my vote. I don’t really care what the person’s background is. Actually, maybe I do. When someone has made the commitment of military service and put themselves in harms way for our freedom, I tend to trust them more with the well-being of our country. Everyone in uniform will either stay in the military until retirement, or move on to different careers after they’ve served. Granted, being military doesn’t automatically make for good politics. I am disappointed that Mr. Powell is siding with universal healthcare. I don’t know his reasons. Maybe he just thinks that something has to happen. Unfortunately, “Obamacare” is hurting the hard-working citizens in this country, not helping. My family and I are prime examples. Don’t know why I am posting all this in response to your comment, but just wanted to get my thoughts out there. (On a side note, you look a lot like Eazy-E – j/k)

    • In my humble opinion, I think American history proves that effective leaders within our armed forces make better elected civil servants than politicians becoming great military leaders. West is no Ike, who was no Washington… General Powell drifts from one side to the other demonstrating that there is a problem with his world view or worse (his character). I’ve yet to see Mr. West drift. The man has a worldview that anchors him.

      • you actually got me to click. I brought this back…. “Until we put our own worldview and philosophy on trial and test it for truth, we’ll continue to live in the mess.”

        I am thinking this is the way to gain a real budget, be a world
        leader, care for our people who then are able to care for all others.

        I used to love little white Christmas lights. I purchased several
        lengths of them at after holiday sales and I keep them up all year. They were made in China, of course, but I wanted to have an international view to those in other countries while supporting America producers in the best way I can but who makes the lights, I don’t know yet.

        A month ago I listened to to a story of a Chinese prisoner who had been imprisoned for praying. While she was a prisoner, she was forced to make the length of lights. Now I cannot look at my lights without thinking of her, of all the others imprisoned for reasons they should not be – guilt free people, tortured, killed. I keep them up, the lights, and I remember why I am doing the work I do so we have a world freedom and respect.

        America is in need of a freedom rush that we can use to recreate our worldview by using the truth of what we have done and what we can do differently. But we need different leaders, a different face. Our healthcare and our food freedom are a core need. It is one and the same. Single payer, government controlled does not work. But taking care of others does when you are taken care of on your own merit. Then we lend the hand while lifting up others to do for themselves. Again, a different face of leaders to bring this to light. Now the system is laden with oppression and greed.

    • Allen West liked his office in Congress so much he never accepted loosing it. Never had the class to concede to his oponent even sued over the results. Allen West moaned and cried for a week after the results where in.

  92. I agree there should be AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, but not a government controlled, IRS policed health scam designed to extort WE THE PEOPLE out of our hard earned bucks, while the prez and the dummieRATS live lavish lifestyles while we sufffer the indignities of OBAMANATIONCARE, if there was 30 million people without insurance why didnt the government come up with a program to insure them and leave the rest of us alone who were happy with our so called JUNK PLANS that paid for everything we needed, and not force us to accept what the government thinks we need, I myself like FREEDOM OF CHOICE, and to be able to go to the FREE MARKET and pick the insurance plan I want with what I want in it, right now little kids are dying from cancer, adults also, because the insurance companies were forced to cancel their health plans that were paying for everything, because of the regulations and restrictions of OBAMANATIONCARE, WE THE PEOPLE dont want it fixed, or delayed, just get rid of it, PERIOD!!!! It is a death sentence for a lot of people and is not worth the paper it is written on, PERIOD!!!

  93. Don’t feel alone Colonel. He has thoroughly disappointed me and many more Americans as well. Now, I just view him as a bitter old man.

    • Wow and here I thought maggots only fed off dead things… you must really feel so accomplished now that you made a fool of yourself…

    • My dear No Way Out, do look in the mirror for the buffoon. Mr. West is one of the few, the proud and the strong patriots we have in leadership today. You could not be more wrong than you are today.

      • HIS wonderful stuff that he did saved the lives of a few of his troops. WHILE what he did was technically wrong, he did it for the RIGHT reasons. IF you also notice, after his Dismissal from the Army, many of his former Troops lined up and gave him a salute. THAT means THEY RESPECTED HIM AND WHAT HE DID. HE sacrificed himself, so that his troops wouldn’t get hurt.
        HE could’ve let the Iraqi NOT talk. AND then some of his troops could’ve died in an ambush. I guess THAT would make you happy.
        West, is a consummate Officer and Gentleman. I would’ve been damn happy to serve with him

    • Too chicken shyt to use your real name, ain’t ya? When you look at a baboon’s ass it’s just like looking in a mirror, isn’t it?

    • Are you still sucking on mamma’s tit…..why YES YOU ARE!!!! Good for you whiner… nibble on the cheese and crackers……

  94. Where General Powell was once a “Warrior” with a pinch of politician
    (you don’t get to be a General unless you play some politics) he has
    sold out and gone over to the other side. He is now a consummate
    politician, as was the General acting with Clinton’s approval that
    allowed you to be drummed out of the Army for scaring a poor helpless
    terrorist (never mind all the lives you saved by scaring him), as well
    as the General that went after Jon and Matt, the SEALS, with no evidence
    of harming Al Isawi, and the Generals that play politics with the lives
    of our brave and courageous military day after day, refusing to arm
    them, issuing operational orders and procedures that risk their lives, sending them on senseless missions, etc.

  95. Powell, much like McCain was(were) hero’s to me. Somewhere along the line, they fell off the tracks and a now a discredit to their former uniform. I served 1986-1995, during Powells time during DS/DS.. Sad!

  96. Don’t feel alone Allan. But when this man can turn his entire attitude away from conservative to flaming liberal I think he was lying as much as Obama. I have no respect for him.

  97. Collin Powell is twice the man you’ll ever be Mr. West. It’s people like you that destroy American and bring the hate because someone disagrees with your party BS. Collin Powell did not believe in Bush/Cheney’s lies to go to war in Iraq and he was right all along to leave a party that murdered their own people to give give Halliburton NO bid contracts worth hundreds of billions. Then Halliburton backed up and moved to Dubai so they would not have to pay US taxes. A real bunch of winners that prey on the people to serve the fell at the top.

    • What about all the billions of dollars your buddy obama has WASTED? Solyndra- 300 million and BANKRUPT within 30 days! 600 million and FAILED ROLL OUT! Many millions to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and all the F-16s and Abrams tanks! The MD after your name must stand for Miserable Democrat!

    • Wake up! I served under this wishy-washy limpwrist. He’s the reason we stopped halfway to Baghdad. If we had kept on there would have been no need to go back twelve years later and with Shwartzkopf at the helm, Iraq would not be the mess it is today. To fight a conflict, you go in with overwhelming force and do the job and get out. That is what was happening when Powell pulled the plug. I have zero respect for this guy. I very much doubt Stormin’ Norman does either. He was pissed.

    • Colin Powell is a two faced traitor. HE backed a KNOWN SOCIALIST over a FELLOW VIETNAM VET. He gave credit to Obama for ‘restoring the economy’ when the economy is still limping along.
      Powell is a turd ball. AND I am a 22 year military vet. I can say it.

    • So what about Obama. He keeps claiming that he is going to remove the troops from the Middle East and yet they are still there. If Allen West was in charge he would allow them to get the job done and get out. You, sir, are a product of media rhetoric and do not know the truth. Bush should not have gone into Iraq, Obama should not keep our troops in the Middle East and our military should be able to do their job without political hand-tying.

    • Oh no you didn’t, you want to bring out the race card. Obama and the media brought that out dude, get the fact right. As far as Powell, we all respected him not because he was black, but he was a military man who earned his way, and had white as well as blacks respect. How dare you think you can call us racist. You sir Doctor Feel good, take too much crack, you show hate, read these articles from whites that voted for this guy Powell. You should really lay off the drugs, it’s his integrity we challenge here and now, he turned traitor to the republican party, to our military, and to this nation. That it what we are addressing, not his race. In fact he was called uncle Tom, by blacks. But we whites wanted him and voted for him. Obama is a liar, not a man of respect, has no dignity. Just like the Clintons, stolen from this country, inside trading when they killed anyone who would testify, that was Hilary during her husband time in office, they all died of heart attacks, and plane crashes. The Hilary with the Benghazi killings that were ignored.

  98. Mr. West……there is something about a person like Colin Powell being sucked into the political elite where he falls prey to the “in-crowd” , while turning away from all the valued qualities that made him exceptional. Colin Powell is a weak human, no different than many people who need affirmation. Some of us are never tested. A few of us are strong enough to reject those who attempt to drag us into their web of deceit.
    Obviously, Colin Powell does not have the confidence in himself nor does he have the fortitude to show the character we thought he had. He has been sucked in to the world of DC society, and has sold his soul for a shallow, lying, criminal cause of Obama’s Marxist brand of liberal politics, Humans are very weak……only a few can really see through the smokescreen until it’s too late.

      • Yeah he did, and to slip off quietly into the night would have been smart thing for him to do. I would have been content remembering him as he was during the Desert Storm and Desert Shield campains.

  99. I agree with you Allen. I once wanted Colon Powell to be president but I didn’t know he was a communist. I at one time wanted McCain also for president and didn’t know the true McCain. Now I’m afraid to trust anyone.

  100. Prior to this Colin Powell had supported state socialized medicine, and keeping the socialism on a state level as the Republican Party platform dictates. He was put in office by a Republican,
    and owes his being raised up as a leader to the Republican party, as do many minority leaders. Prior to this he saw what Republicans stated about socialism on a small scale having better ending results than socialism on a large federal level. Most do see the wisdom of this, as many know the ending results of Marxist socialism on a large scale bankrupting nations, ALL THE NATIONS
    Carrie Geren Scoggins Political Newsletter

    • Socialized medicine? From what I’ve seen we all have to pay for ACA. Better check your sources because brainwashed seems to be your avenue of expertise. Maybe you can expand why Ronald Regan and GH Bush allow millions of illegals to stay just so millions more can come for their turn.

      • yeah we have to pay for the illegals, the people who have been on welfare for generations instead of getting jobs, and pay for women to get knocked up, and then get give them housing, food, cloths, and utilities, while single mom’s struggle to work and put food on the table. While our country acts like a big drug cartels, like every other law they put on the books, they got from inmates. Lets talk truth here, We are loosing all our rights, our country is falling apart, and this Obama character if that is his real name, violates every aspect of the oath he swore to defend. Gets up and lies, never accountable for anything. So really do your research, we were not this messed up , while they Ronald Regan or both Bushes were in office

  101. I also once admired Colin Powell. Now I am appalled at his statements. He wants us to be like all the other countries of the world? What has happened to America’s exceptionalism? The US has always been all about the individual, not the collective! It just seems that these progressives keep telling us to join the rest of the world because “resistance is futile!!!”

  102. YOU are the man to emulate in many ways, Col. West. Thank you for standing on principle and being a straight talker. I lost admiration for Colin Powell a while ago, when he showed himself to be the opposite of what I thought he was. Sad that he uses his influence to call for socialism after all this country has stood for in the face of a world of tyranny.

  103. I heard Colin Powell speak once in perhaps 2004 when he gave a a motivational speech. He talked about how he felt about the Presidents he served under. He liked Reagan the most and felt he was the best communicator. The best in strategy was George H.W. Bush (dad) and the smartest was George W. Bush despite the media trying to paint him as stupid. He wouldn’t and I mean wouldn’t give his opinion or speak about Clinton no matter what was asked. It was obvious he dislike Clinton and felt he disgraced the office of President of United States. I too was surprised how he sold out and endorsed a man who is so contrary to everything I thought Mr. Powell stood for. I agree with Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.

  104. These are very scary times we are living in. It seems that there is no solid ground to stand on. The people you think are leaders turn out to be turncoats. Why do these men and women in power that have witnessed how these systems have failed, now want to institute them here.

  105. I also once had the highest respect for Gen. Powell. However, I lost all respect for him in 2008 when he endorsed Obama saying, in effect, “It’s time we put a Black man in the White House!’ I forget the exact words he used, but that was the gist of it…he came right out and said he’s voting for Obama simply because he’s Black! That is the very definition of racism, coming from a man I had never seen as racist before that. Imagine if *anyone* had said “I’m voting for McCain (or Romney, or any other), simply because he’s White.”. When a person’s skin color factors anywhere into the decision making process,for supporting a candidate, it’s time to re-evaluate your principles. Having said that, I do kind of wish that the Republican Party would put someone like Condi Rice, Herman Cain, or yourself up as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016. The reason being, it would trump the race card, and take it out of play completely- whereas the Democrats, on the other hand, put forth Obama as the party’s nominee for the exact opposite reason…so they could play the race card- over & over again! The Democrats may have the race card, but they still aren’t playing with a full deck. We all know that if Hillary is the Dems nominee in 2016, they will be bringing out the “sexist” card, to replace that race card. Yet when Sarah Palin was put forth as the VP candidate in ’08, she was the victim of a relentless sexist smear liberals. They have resorted to vile, underhanded tactics as the primary campaign strategy because it works, and they can’t win on a level playing field.

  106. Lets all get on the bandwagon and disrespect all Americans that don’t believe in the Tea party and their Republican platform designed to for the wealthy few. Sad day when people make hate their way of life. Republicans will not win another election after the Bush/Cheney lies, misrepresentation and con. Iraq was the biggest con job in US history. Bush did nothing for Texas as government, not a damn thing for the people, nothing!

    • Why should do stuff for you? you cannot do things for yourself? I mean seriously, you want to talk about lies!! Obama is the biggest bullshitter out there and has disgraced this nation to many times, and I can name each on.

      • Stick with the subject or is that too much for you to handle? Watch the documentary, “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War Documentary” on Youtube or many other sites that carry this documentary.

    • Sounds like you hate Bush .do you read? Democrats and Republicans believed there were Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq…And weapons were there till Irac moved them across the border to Syria.Sounds like you like the dictator Oboma. Yes it has been a sad 5 yrs for this great country.

      • I am sorry that so many believed the lies that got us into Iraq. But you can’t blame common men and women. The people with the agendas (from day one so we are now told) wanted us in there and used every tool in their arsonal to get us there. Talking heads every night and day spun their media magic. And though we were led to believe that some bearded troglodytes in Afghanistan hit us on 9-11 SOMEHOW most of us bought the convoluted ‘logic’ of going after the Iraquis. Now we are not QUITE so naive – – but still we are fooled again and again. You are right that there were Poison gas weapons there. ( no nukes though) Do you know how the gas got there? The United States gave them the gas AND chemical experts to teach them how to make and use it during their protracted war with Iran. Kind of Just like the US CREATED and armed Osama to boot the Russians out of Afghanistan. And we continue to allow our sons and daughters to be ground up like hamburger in this obscene meat grinder that Eisenhauer warned us against. Yes – I too hated bush – like I now hate Obama. We who Love America are duped – We love our flag – though it doesn’t represent what we thought it represented.We love our military but it is a pitiable horror that they die for objectives that have NOTHING to do with freedom – – or truth. Republicans , Democrats, Liberals and conservatives < all these buzzword lables that keep everyone inflamed are just the tools from the arsonal I mentioned earlier. – – I would say wake up, but I am loosing hope in mankind. God almighty please have mercy and free us from our blind stumbling.

      • Just as I predicted, no proof. Instead you throw out a left wing hit piece that has no credibility. Give me a fact I cannot dispute.

        way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
        develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
        That is our bottom line.”

        President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998. – See more at:
        way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
        develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
        That is our bottom line.”

        President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
        We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of
        mass destruction program.”

        President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
        deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use
        nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
        greatest security threat we face.”

        Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”

        Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the
        U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if
        appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond
        effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of
        mass destruction programs.”

        Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
        destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and
        he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”

        Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”

        Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

        “There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons
        programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear
        programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In
        addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless
        using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range
        missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”

        Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

        “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a
        threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the
        mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass
        destruction and the means of delivering them.”

        Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

        “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”

        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to
        deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam
        is in power.”

        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

        Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

        “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are
        confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and
        biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
        build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
        reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”

        Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

        “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the
        authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because
        I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his
        hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”

        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working
        aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear
        weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have
        alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of
        weapons of mass destruction.”

        Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
        every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
        destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.
        This he has refused to do.”

        Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

        “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
        that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
        weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
        He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
        al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
        Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
        chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”

        Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

        “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
        Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing
        capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.
        “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
        murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a
        particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
        miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp
        for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein
        with weapons of mass destruction is real …

        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003. – See more at:
        way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to
        develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them.
        That is our bottom line.”

        President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear.
        We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of
        mass destruction program.”

        President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great
        deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use
        nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
        greatest security threat we face.”

        Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”

        Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the
        U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if
        appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond
        effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of
        mass destruction programs.”

        Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass
        destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and
        he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”

        Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”

        Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

        “There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons
        programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear
        programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In
        addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless
        using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range
        missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”

        Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

        “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a
        threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the
        mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass
        destruction and the means of delivering them.”

        Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.

        “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”

        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to
        deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam
        is in power.”

        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

        Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

        “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are
        confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and
        biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to
        build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
        reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”

        Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

        “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the
        authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because
        I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his
        hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”

        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working
        aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear
        weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have
        alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of
        weapons of mass destruction.”

        Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years,
        every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
        destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity.
        This he has refused to do.”

        Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

        “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show
        that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological
        weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
        He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including
        al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam
        Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and
        chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”

        Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

        “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that
        Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing
        capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.
        “[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal,
        murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a
        particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to
        miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp
        for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein
        with weapons of mass destruction is real …

        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003. – See more at:

      • Just as I predicted, no proof. Instead you throw out a left wing hit piece that has no credibility. Give me a fact I cannot dispute. Here are some indisputable facts, but with the Left perception trumps truth.

        “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq
        the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
        President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
        President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
        Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
        Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
        Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
        Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
        Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

        “There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam
        continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United
        States and our allies.”
        Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, Dec, 5, 2001.

        “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of
        delivering them.”
        Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19,

        “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
        Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.

        “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is using and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
        Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.

        “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence
        reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
        Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.

        “I will be voting to give the President of the United
        States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
        Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has
        refused to do.”
        Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.

        We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction. “[W]ithout
        question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein
        with weapons of mass destruction is real …
        Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

      • Democrat Senators who voted in favor of going to war with Iraq.

        Bayh (D-IN)

        Biden (D-DE)

        Breaux (D-LA)

        Cantwell (D-WA)

        Carnahan (D-MO)

        Carper (D-DE)

        Cleland (D-GA)

        Clinton (D-NY)

        Daschle (D-SD)

        Dodd (D-CT)

        Dorgan (D-ND)

        Edwards (D-NC)

        Feinstein (D-CA)

        Harkin (D-IA)
        Hollings (D-SC)

        Johnson (D-SD)

        Kerry (D-MA)

        Kohl (D-WI)

        Landrieu (D-LA)

        Lieberman (D-CT)

        Lincoln (D-AR)

        Miller (D-GA)

        Nelson (D-FL)

        Nelson (D-NE)

        Reid (D-NV)

        Rockefeller (D-WV)

        Schumer (D-NY)

        Torricelli (D-NJ)

      • All based on a fabricated lies by Cheney that include: yellow cake, making nukes, and other made up lies in invade Iraq.
        Here is proof the entire world must watch –
        “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War Documentary‏”
        and you can watch it in its entirety on Youtube and here –

      • Do you really think Cheney and Bush are that smart? One hundred and eleven Dems voted for war on Iraq based on the same evidence Bush was given. Bush didn’t go off unilaterally and fight this war, Congress gave him the green light.
        Both sides were wrong on this one.

      • I disagree and you can’t face the truth. Bush/Cheney lied and convinced the people of America they were telling the truth. We come to learn it was all a lie and fabrication by Bush/Cheney ONLY – no one else it to blame for THEIR lies and con job. The American people trusted them and voted based on THEIR LIES AND FABRICATED BS. The Bush administration deceived the people of the US and the world until the truth came out. Sorry that you are so brainwashed to think and believe otherwise. You are part of the problem and thank God you will not see another Republican is Washington for a very long time. Hillary Clinton will run and win by a landslide. Get used to it bubba because we don’t approve of what people like you do to innocent Americans in uniform.

    • Better start paying attention to what is happening around you. Remember when we all wanted justice for the INjustice of murder on our land from terrorists? We stood together united for a common cause of retaliation – not now. YOU WOULD CHOOSE to change that history. AND… let me see… you aren’t wealthy and you don’t believe you can be and hate those who are because you NEVER WANT to be rich because that would be SO wrong to be rich? Do I have that right? Is that the problem? What did a rich man ever do to you but provide employment and keep the economy going! You simply are spouting liberal talking hogwash that makes NO sense!! EVERYBODY wants to be rich and when we are, we want to spend our own money the way we choose – not the way YOU poor sucker want us to!! So pay attention and use some common sense!! (and become one of the wealthy few because American is the last bastion of opportunity to do so – until Obama gets thru with us!)

    • We went to Iraq because Saddam did not obey the terms of surrender from the 1st Gulf War. It seems most people have such microscopic memories that they can’t remember this. WMD’s were a secondary reason. John Kerry, Hitlery and Slick Willy Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Algore, Ted Kennedy, the Brits, the Russians, the Chinese, and many more knew Iraq had WMDS’s. Repeating the DNC talking point that they weren’t there doesn’t make it true. If you want to talk about con jobs, the new Health Control Program is right near, if not at the top. The Demoncrat party supports two groups. The ultra-wealthy who are not affected by their confiscatory tax policies, and the super poor, who are kept that way by the liberal socialist programs. The Republicans used to represent the working middle class. That has ended now that they are demoncrat light. The Tea Party, or Conservatives, or Libertarians, or whatever you want to call them are the only ones who now represent the ideals that our country and Constitution are based on.

    • DoctorFellgoodMD if you would just use your God given brain and do just a little thinking you would see the fallacy of your ways. This system you and Colin Powell are embracing is nothing short of Socialism, which will turn into Communism very soon. Pull your head up out of the sand and notice that the current President gives the lion’s share of taxpayers’ money to wealthy people. This so-called healthcare plan that will work wonders and perform miracles will bankrupt this great country and cause irreparable harm to its citizens. Stay tuned for part one.

  107. I totally agree, I had voted for this man, and Conda lisa Rice. I thought they were the most favorable choice to make, I researched their history, and biographies. I was so stunned by his first platform announcement, over the Treyvon Martin Case, and now this! I am totally upset with him, and can no longer view him as honorable, or with respect. All of America wanted him as president, and he backed out. But the bottom line, is he turned traitor to our country, our Bill of Rights, and especially to our military. That is one really serious reason to hold him with disregard, and I will not forget this ever.

  108. Yeah it’s all about getting a black man in the white house. Doesn’t matter his record, we owe all blacks, hispanics, martians for what we’ve done to them so bend over. Had enough yet? For God’s sake, think of your children. Vote based upon record and values regardless of color or ethnicity as long as they meet the requirements for office. Colin Powell did neither. He sold our country down the river.

  109. Dr. Feel good….. Who’s the sell out? You spout your hate anonymously, are you afraid to put your name behind your comments? Mr. Powell is no longer on my list of good men who love and respect our country. It’s a very sad day. Single payer health care doesn’t work. The government needs to keep their noses out of our lives.

    • Republicans and Teas party are all based on hate. I don’t hate anyone but I’m appalled at the groupies that band together like KKK folks to disrespect anyone and all that disagrees with your views. I’ve been to other Republican sites that are filled with hate, anger, disrespect and they are Christians? Wow, keep your party because you will not see another Republican in office for many, many years to come. The country had seen enough after that Bushwacking. Then they try a Mormon…..too much!!!

      • I think it is hilarious that you say all these sites are full of hate, yet all your comments are hate. There isn’t even an arguement to be made there, you’re just vomiting words. Oh, and FYI, you should check out your liberal forums. All they do is bash other people, without any counter or reason why they do it. That is the true party of hate.

      • I dont understand where you get all the so called hate! I’ve been to some Tea party rallies I have seen no hate just people willing to stand up to keep our constitutional rights and for the government to stay out of our every day lives! You might want it in yours but I dont need them thinking for me I am capable of doing that just fine on my own!

      • What kind of drugs are you on? It’s liberals who have no respect or tolerance for anyone else. You don’t hear Tea Party people wanting to remove the liberals from the television and radio, its libs who want to tear down our crosses, shut down talk radio, close the bakery who is religious and doesn’t believe in gay marriage. We tolerate all of your crap and you tolerate nothing. Liberals truly are sick, there is zero logic to you thinking.

  110. I had such high regard and respect for Powell until he endorsed Obama. It nearly broke my heart when he chose Race over honor.

    • I don’t believe you have a heart because it seems to full of hate to be a good heart. Colin personally witnessed the Republican antics and lies under Bush that lead to a baseless war with Americans that died for nothing. His heart told him enough was enough. Your heart only sees what the Republican puppeteers want you to see.

      • What about all the lies of this administration that continue to happen over and over! what excuse do you have for it..?

      • As I recall .. it was based on a report by Mr Powell, of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which lead to the Bush Republicans decisions to go to war in the first place. I am not saying either party are some kind of saints,(they all seem to make the stories fit the occasion) but in that instance .. who lied to whom???? and Why??

      • When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamor….Piers Anthony

      • “When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamor”

  111. We’re also a wealthy enough country to ensure that we don’t have homeless and hungry citizens, yet we continue to throw good $$ toward reinventing the wheel that may have had a couple of weak spokes, but wasn’t broken. Meanwhile, our citizens starve while politicians become filthy rich off of schemes, scams, etc.

  112. I used to pray that Colin Powell would run for president. Now I’m glad he didn’t. The fact that he agrees with Obama is scary enough, but he can actually hold a valid discussion, can you imagine what impact he would have managed.

  113. I hear you Col West.. I too, had the greatest admiration for Colin Powell, but I now cannot abide his change of direction. At one time I would have thought he was on the Presidential track but now I feel he has sold us out, just as so many others of the liberal persuasion. IMO, too many of our politicians tend to go along to get along and have forgotten the principals that got us here…. to being the Greatest Nation. They seem to have forsaken The God and Constitution we were founded on, and If we can’t turn it back around I see us falling into the same plight as that of Rome.

  114. I, too, once felt Colin Powell should run for president. But for me he lost that honor when he supported abortion. I could never support anyone who was for abortion.

  115. Allen West is right on! Colin Powell has sold his soul to the devil. He’s been sucked into Obama’s Communist Utopia. I lost Powell when he said he voted for a Communist/Muslim.

  116. General Powell is no more a man of honor than General Wesley Clark or Admiral Joe Sestak. Soulless self serving narcissists the lot of them

  117. Apparently Alan West’s spot on take of Powell has some Drfeelgood panties in a wad. the bad Dr seems to forget that leftists are “a thundering herd of individual thinkers”. They even had a difficult time calling out Anthony Weiner in his disgraceful behavior. And stood up for Slick Willie’s cigar dipping tactics and China enabling policies. A herd of virtuous sheeple indeed.

  118. Wait a second people, I met General Powell after the first Gulf War and the man is very honorable. Just because one group of people does not agree with another group of people doesn’t make them any worse or better than the group they disagree with. This country, which I join the military to serve for, is very much divided and it saddens me deeply. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, the USA was the only industrialized country without some form of social health care. Think about this for a moment, manufacturing jobs were mostly outsourced from the USA because of labor cost; most of which is derived from employee medical insurance. It’s more cost effective to have labor performed where it is cheap, like China or India. The purpose of our government is to do things that business will not. I really wish our government leaders would sit down and reach compromises instead of pointing out our differences. But to belittle a man for speaking out for what he believes just goes to show how far we still need to go before we heal as a nation. God Bless General Powell, he is a good man and believes that service requires one to put others ahead of ourselves. Why are people so afraid of change, when that very change can give each and everyone of us a better life?

    • What a driviling idiot……no other explanation for a broke joke and he does not even have a clue. When you back lying and decietful people your integrity factor is NIL

      • Mr. Weaver, I hope you find whatever it is you’re looking for. Let’s have an honest conversation and see where it takes us. Did you ever wear a uniform and put your life in the hands of another and ask them to do the same for you? America is broken, but only because people cannot find the middle ground on issues. Maybe you can shed some light on how to fix this country without causing harm to others? Let’s hear what you really have to say.

  119. I had heard that Powell had words with O. Powell told O that he would be waiting on the other side if there was an uprising. NOTE: these are my words from my memory of what was said maybe 2 years ago….Also ALL of the other leaders we are looking up to-we need to check them out further and deeper. Past voting records for one

  120. Its amazing that because one person who believes that those without the means or those with preexisting conditions should not have healthcare options can demean a man with principles and who put his life on the line which gave him the ability to have his power of the pen. Mr Powell is a man of principles and beliefs. Just because his differ from the writer does not make him less of. The writer speaks about healtcare does not work abroad as Powell mentioned which is not factual. If u all will remember pre Obama people were heading to Canada and other places for prescriptions and care. While the Affordable Healthcare Act is perhaps not a total solution it is a start but more importantly is most certainly needed and warranted. The writer forgets that the reason healthcare costs rose so much in cost is because of the uninsured using the free bed system and prescriptions. We owe it to EVERY AMERICAN to provide affordable healthcare, and yes we are the richest country in the world so we should lead the way by example and lastly it does not hurt free market it expands free market. When we are charged $8.00 for an aspirin in the free market system in place isnt it just a fairer freemarket to be charged $4.00 for the very same aspirin. I still think its too much but hey wouldnt want to hurt the writers free market praise of glory. The writer needs to clearly state next time that this was his opinion not stating fiction calling it fact. Thats why Americans get confused because people like him confuse opinion from fact… Just my opinion with ACCURATE FACTS INSERTED….

    • Your “Facts” are tainted to say the least. We do not need the government to be involved with our healthcare. It’s fine the way it is. What we need isn’t “Healthcare Reform”. What we need is Healthcare insurance reform. To site your example, if you go to the doctor and your insurance picks up the tab, the asprin is $8.00. If you pay for it out of your pocket, it’s $1.00. Do you not see a systemic problem with that system.

      • Again another person who clearly cant at least respect someones opinion as I CLEARLY STATED. YOUR STATEMENT IS NOT TOTALLY FACTUAL but at least I will respect your attempt to confuse opinion with what u pervieve to be fact. Guess iy doesnt matter however because people like u would rather bad mouth someone rather than be civil and at least respect the fact that WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO OUR OPINIONS AND BELIEFS, u on the other hand seem more content with having to be right and to impose ur will, opinions and ur percieved facts on everyone even if what works for u doesnt work for me. I feel sorry for u since I CLEARLY SAID IT WAS MY OPINION. I guess if it were up to u everyone would have to think and believe its ur way or no way, the way a true socialist dictator acts, hiel hitler………

      • Our insane and already broke government just spent close to a billion dollars on a website that was supposed to show you different plans and how much they will cost, then allow you to buy that plan. I just watched a Progressive (no coincidence there) auto insurance commercial that has a fully functioning system in place to check your current insurance plan against competitor’s plans and how much more or less you will pay – FOR FREE! Do people not see that this has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with re-distribution of wealth and people control? Idiots! How can it work for a company like Progressive and not for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and get the gov’t out of the relationship I have with my doctor – which oh, by the way, I may no longer have! Again – idiots!

    • and we are also the most heavily indebted country in the world as well. let me ask you this, have you signed up for obamacare? have you actually paid for it? If you are going to sit here and say you don’t need it because your current policy doesn’t require you to do so, than you have NOTHING to say about it. Go and talk to those of us that actually have pre existing conditions, explain to me why at nearly 60 years old I need pregnancy and or child coverage(mandatory), explain to me how is it that 3 months ago I was paying 78 dollars a month for coverage, and now not only can I NOT keep my coverage as PROMISED by YOUR president, I have 5000.00 deductibles 2500 co pays, and my new PLAN is 185 a month…….please explain this to me.

      • Yes as a matter of fact I do have an existing kidney issue, five operations and only one kidney. Was dropped from insurance company and havent been able to have it for the last six years. Now I can. Also AS I STATED WHICH SEEMS TO NOT HAVE BEEN READ, I do not agree with the whole program. I am glad that now I NO LONGER CAN BE DENIED COVERAGE… I ALSO SAID WHICH AGAIN WAS APPARENTLY NOT READ WAS, that it is certainly needed and warranted, I AGAIN SAID IT WASNT THE TOTAL SOLUTION but at least now I can pay to have it. It always seems that when OPINIONS ARE GIVEN everyone who hates this law hates the person who is grateful to now be able to buy it. I do agree AGAIN THAT PREGNANCY AND OTHER ITEMS I DONT NEED EITHER BUT….. to answer agakn with its a start, its not the total solution or answer but I GUESS I DO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY…. I also have something to be grateful for since being so far in debt due to medical bills is not a good feeling. I stated my opinion and while I ALWAYS TRY TO RESPECT OTHERS OPINIONS IT BECOMES VERY CLEAR PEOPLE DONT CARE ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO NEED IT AND COULDNT GET IT BEFORE THIS LAW, AGAIN NOT THE TOTAL SOLUTION…

      • To fix the issues you faced could have been very simple. But once again, it is an out of control gov’t that made the problem by regulating insurance companies & the medical industry now trying to “fix” the problem they made in the first place.

        Four things would have fixed all of the problems: 1) Tort reform to lower malpractice insurance; 2) Allow insurance companies to sell nationally (like auto insurance – what an idea – where’s Flo when your need her!; 3) Form high-risk pools for someone like yourself or my wife who has preexisting conditions; 4) Allow health savings accounts for younger people to hedge against old age or catastrophic events. Again, don’t take from me what is not yours to take…and give it to someone to whom it does not belong…

      • So because you have a problem and can’t afford your insurance, we should all suffer and struggle to pay ours too? Why not, it’s the communist way. Typical leftist mentality. As long as it helps me, it’s in “everyone’s” best interest.

      • May I suggest then “YOU” move to “YOUR” Motherland in the Soviet Union, COMMIE, I to have a preexisting Condition, and am STILL “OPPOSED” to his “redistribution” my condition, broken hip and Subdural Hematoma, aka TBI “Traumatic Brain Injury” and fractured hip joint, that has been remediated 4 times! so pardon my “LACK” of feeling for “YOU” like I said, Don’t like the USA, Fine “LEAVE” dumbass

    • The reason people were/are buying medication from Canadian pharmacies has nothing to do with their healthcare system or the free market. I have family in Canada and it is one horror story after another trying to get care. You are wrong. It has everything to do with junk lawsuits & lawyers, gov’t insurance regulations and the regulations imposed by the FDA. Some of the regulations are necessary some are stifling and redundant. No one “owes” someone else anything unless that someone worked for me – then I “owe” that someone just compensation. Do not take from em what is not yours to either take or give to someone else. If you want that system move to a place that has it. Don’t impose it on me!

    • 2 questions: If it is so good, why are we being FORCED to pay for it? Why setup a whole new system when we already have Medicare/Medicaid in place and the money could have been used for that instead?

    • You have your facts completely wrong. If you do a scintilla of research, you will find that West is correct and Powell is , sadly mistaken.

    • Obamacare is totalitarian healthcare. I will harass this enemy and attempt escape to freedom at all times and by all means. Period.

    • Unfortunately your opinion is “BULLSHIT” Americans were going to Canada for Prescriptions the US government would “NOT” approve Life Saving drugs here, my suggestion, open your eyes and mind, YOUR the one spreading “BULLSHIT” COMMIE!!

  121. Its sad,america does not have good elders,anymore.I disagree with the Gen on the issue of homosexuality in the military.He voted for Obama because of his race.

  122. Health care in the countries Colin Powell has wanted to emulate, hasn’t worked. Of course we want to help everyone receive health care, but how they are trying to accomplish this is the mistake. We wanted to fix the system for the 15% of the people who can’t obtain healthcare, but not at the expense of losing healthcare for a larger percentage.

    There are now many more millions of people without healthcare than Obama Care has on it. The cost is overwhelming for those who already paid for healthcare, who now find their healthcare costs going from the $400 per month range to $1300 per month range, and that’s on Obama care. There will be many more millions who won’t be able to afford their healthcare and will be more willing to pay the penalty.

    This will go down as the largest economic tax drain ever levied on our country. Anyone who voted for this, better get ready to be voted out of office. Anyone who continues to support this, needs to find a better education and/or get their money back from the college they attended. There is no economic sense of what Obama and the Democratic Party has done to this country.

    Fix the competition level in each state, fix tort reform, and fix the incentives for insurance company’s offerings. That’s what the government should have done. At the end of the day, a free and open market place will always bring the best solutions.

    The government should never be in the business of being in business using tax dollars without consequences. Consequences of poor judgment should always be a factor that results in firings, restructuring, or going out of business. That will drive better decisions to make a better healthcare system. You thought insurance was expensive in 2012, wait until after the implementation of Obama Care! That’s the cost of socialism. Colin Powell, you want the healthcare system of Canada, England, Korea, really??

    I think Sarah Palin was completely wrong about the death panels. Most people will die long before the panel hears your case. Fewer doctors, longer wait times, and more expensive procedures will be the consequences. The inconvenience of a
    poor healthcare system will linger long after the thrill of passing Obama Care
    is forgotten.

  123. It’s as though he doesn’t believe in the American values that he defended. I don’t get it. There are greater enemy’s to our freedom than organized armies. Driving America into greater and greater debt is as large a threat to our freedom as a nuclear weapon.

  124. Well I’m glad you finally woke up. I saw his green gills more than a decade ago. He is what I call lily livered. Of course he can’t help it since he has been compromised and he is controlled. He has got to do the dance the boss says he’s got to do just like all the other puppets in DC. People don’t become rising stars and risen stars without a controlling and documented vice.

  125. Republican Presidents put Powell on a fast track for promotions because he was black, articulate, and it was time for there to be senior officers whom were black. Powell was the perfect person to fill that bill. Republicans took him all the way to Ambassador at which time he began to show his true colors. He was a closet democrat who thought it was time to cut his ties with the Republicans when Obama was elected and embraced Obama and his liberal views. He cut off the hand that fed him through out his career.

  126. Modeled after the UK, etc system? When I was working overseas, my boss from the UK was diagnosed with skin cancer. The doctor said since he was both a UK citizen and had private health insurance outside of the government system, that he had a choice. The UK system would pay for all and he could get an appointment in roughly 6 months, during which he had to ‘hope’ the cancer did not spread. Second choice was to use his private insurance, get the same care, from the same doctor/facilities/etc but he could get an appoint in 1 to 2 weeks! Which would you choose if you had cancer?
    Saddly with the Obamacare it seems many will NOT have a choice, if they can get care at all. How difficult will it be in California where it’s reported that roughly 70% of the doctors are NOT participating in Obamacare? Sure you have a policy, but if there are not appointments available, what will YOU do?
    Thankfully I do have a choice and my private health insurance thru HTH Worldwide is good in most of the world.

  127. To accept out of hand that just because other countries have a Universal Healthcare system, that makes it the best to go is ridiculous. They need to do a lot more reading up on it, not just the articles that tout how great it is. Every healthcare system has inherent flaws, you just have to decide which flaws you are willing to accept. More Americans prior to Obamacare were satisfied with our system than Canadians were with theirs.

    • Firing a gun next to the head of an insurgent to get info in order to protect your men is not a war crime. Like water boarding, neither is it torture. Huffington Post is as reliable as the Sunday comic strips.

    • Col. West’s “crime” was to aggressively interrogate an Iraqi policeman who knew where four of the Col’s troopers were being held hostage, and would not divulge their whereabouts. Reportedly, the Col shot the Iraqi in the groin area after he refused to give up the location, then asked him again. He divulged. This is what you call War, REMF!
      If I’m in the hands of the enemy, I want a Col West to have my back. You may return to the air conditioned offices. Dis-missed!

      • Col West can interrogate and shoot anyone in a war environment if it means freeing me or any other American held hostage. What is wrong with people who will not engage the enemy?! War is not humane. It is not a playground. We have lost the will to win. Sad. Tragic. We will pay the price.

      • The civilians have lost the will to win, being led from behind.. They are at the Mall. The military has not lost the will to win. It is in the BOHICA mode {Bend Over Here It Comes Again}. Drive on! HHHOOOAAAHHH!!!

    • You’re a Coward and who in their right mind attempts to use huffPo as a credible source for anything? lmao what an idiot.

  128. At one time, now how ever, he’s become a “Socialists”, and that has been shown to be “CANCEROUS” A drag on the Freedoms we hold Near and Dear, just say “NO” to the at one time TRUE AMERICIAN!!!!

  129. Colin Powell was ass deep in the My Lai Massacre investigation and cover up 45 years ago. As a young major, he made his bones covering for the power brokers in that era and they rewarded him by promoting him to four star general and making him head of the joint chiefs 21 years later. Then onto become Sec/State under Pres. Bush, which was one of Bush’s truly biggest mistakes as president in my observation. I agree with Col. West on the large majority of his observations, but as it concerns Colin Powell, I flatly reject that Colin Powell was ever anything more than a power player and a tool for the power elite to continue to use race as a means for them to dissuade others from examining their administrations too closely.

  130. I find Allen West to be closer to the true than most! Do you all think that Powell’s son would have been appointed to head the FCC if not a way to reward Collin?
    Allen ~ you have my vote if you every run…(Vietnam Vet ) Dean Kraus

  131. You sir will change your mind about the healthcare system just as soon as Obama doesn’t agree with you about something. You have NO influence with me, I lost respect for you years ago. As far as Canada’s healthcare, if, it’s so great, why do the people have to wait for months for an appointment with a doctor? I have good insurance, and, I’ll thank you all to leave it alone! I feel sure your wannabe days of the presidency are long past.

  132. Col. West, I certainly mean no disrespect to you, and this should bother you more than it does me, but I began my 24+ military career in the early 70s just as the military “race relations” industry began (that’s affirmative action for you non-military types). Back then, if you were a literate black officer who stayed out of trouble, you could write your own ticket. If you examine Powell’s career, you will find that he was a prime beneficiary of this program. He is merely now showing his true colors. Do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that this applies to all blacks in the military any more than I believe all blacks are in their positions due to affirmative action. But this applies to Colin Powell.

    • He forgot who brought him to the dance; he decided to make himself a race victim. Here was a guy who should have been (and actually was) a role model for young blacks to emulate. Instead he chose later in life to take the low road. An American success story turned into a race-baiting loser. He could have done so much good, now he is in the ranks of Sharpton, Jackson, Obama, etc. What a shame.

    • It’s no different today, save the addition of lesbians… Not to say there aren’t competent ones, but this rising tide lifts all boats, to include the junks (pun intended).
      I couldn’t get rid of two LTs I had as a commander in Iraq, because of this sh-t. I had it all documented, I’s dotted, T’s crossed, and it took forever to get ride of those terds! And I’m talking egregeous sh-t, that would have got me killed as a platoon leader. Meanwhile, moral plummeted around them…

      • That’s a shame. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it is like now. I am glad I served, and I am glad I am out. Thank you for your service.

  133. I believe all these troubles with the Obamacare. Is part of the plan, a stepping stone to the FIX. Which is single payer. In the meantime, putting judges in place to carry out the real objective. With a Directive.

  134. Colin Powell was a hero to me from the first time I heard his name and his list of accomplishments. He was a Ranger Advisor to ARVN about the same time I was in Vietnam. He was in My Division, the Americal Infantry Division {So was Gen. Schwartzcoff}. Then he rose to the Bush White House where, I believe, he got “jobbed”.
    I always thought that because of the wide differences between Bush and McCain, that Powell would join with McCain to poke “W” in the eye, but he went racist. I say that based on his never having voted for a Democrat in his life and then he votes, backs and speaks for an empty suit from Chicago.
    The Bush WH debacle did not stop his march to the Presidency. Officially, he stopped at the request of his wife. In reality she had skeletons.
    Be all that as it may, he had some kind of sea-change after his service in the White House, and it was a change for the worse. For me it was like knowing someone for 40 years and then they go off into a cult. I can’t deny his good works, nor can I deny my mystification at his positions and pronouncements
    Today, I watch him and I mourn.
    Drive On!

    • He had no sea change – even when he was chief of the joint chiefs (during Reagan, I think, he was like this. Never did believe him to be a republican!

      • Life-long Republican. Fostered and supported by many good Republicans in the House and Senate for decades. Never voted for a Democrat in his life. He turned his back on his Republican mentors perhaps because of the real or perceived slights at the hands of the wizards then surrounding “W”. I think they were all drinking the Iraq War Kool-Aid and Powell was unfortunate enough to get hung out to dry with the UN statement, or he was ambushed by members of “W” ‘s circle for reasons not yet apparent.

        Or he went down double for Obama based on race.

        Take your pick.

      • You might be right. But the men I knew who went into the jungle with ARVN Rangers had b***s like cantaloupes, which says nothing about Powell’s desertion, 40 years later, of a party that had raised him to the heights that he achieved. Nobody’s perfect, it’s just disappointing that Powell did it based on race.

  135. You took the words right out of my mind colonel. Powell is a sad sad disappoinment and has disgraced that which he fought so hard to achieve. I’m sad for him. He had such a promising future.
    I just call him the other guy now.

  136. Funny thing is Gen. Powell spent majority of his life in an organization opposed to Communism without ever finding out what’s wrong with it.

    • Not so funny. The vast majority of We the People are as ignorant of truth as a dog is. Socialism, as Liberalism, Progressivism, Communism,, fascism, or any other name you want to give it translates to one very understandable -Ism, Satanism. Do you have a King James version of the Holy Bible? Does it have red letter passages in it? Read those, you’ll come to understand. Society, the society of mankind, has long been in the position of the blind leading the blind, and we are well down the slippery slopes of that wide and accommodating path to our own destruction, for the simple fact that the majority of We the people choose continued ignorance over the pursuit of truth.

  137. Mr. Powell should just register as a Democrat and stop trying to pretend he is anything but a liberal. You’d think he could at least tell the truth about that much.

  138. It seems he’s aligned himself in such a way as to be hoping to be tossed a bone in the form of perhaps maybe a cabinet position?….. Hmm… It didn’t take him long to learn how to jump on political coattails.

  139. If you think about the strategy by the Democrats to use someone like Powell, who to the uneducated associate Powell to the Gulf War and President Bush, who has always been considered a Republican to support the Democrat’s policies it’s brilliant. Let’s face it the majority of Democrat boters are completely clueless when it comes to world events or what’s going on within our own Government. They only know what’s 5 seconds ahead of them in their own little bubble so for someone like Powell (known as a Republican war hero) to go on TV and pimp Obama’s policies like it or not this is why the Democrats destroy the Republicans in the court of public opinion. That and they own the media. lol

    I don’t think Powel is a bad guy nor do I think Obama is Satan, but they both are molded by the same idea that Communism is the way to go and that big Government is the answer and to date nowhere in the world has Communism worked.

    Look at what’s going on in the Czech Republic right now.

  140. I agree, Alan. I, too, served and looked at Colin Powell as a great example to follow (my youngest son is named Colin!) and I retired recently as a USAR officer LTC, so disappointed in Powell and his failure to understand what is really going on in this country, not just what Obama is doing, but what has been happening for the last century of “progressivism” that is destroying our country. I never understood that oath I took so many years ago until I joined the tea party movement in 2009 and began to study our history and founding documents for the first time with new eyes. What a shame it took so long for me to wake up, but once awake it is impossible to go back to sleep. Thanks for all you’re doing in the name of liberty!

  141. I just have to wonder some things, when huge overhauls (as Obamacare certainly is) are discussed as needed and potential solutions to the “few” simple issues that could be addressed:

    1. Medicare for all – are most people aware that almost all individuals whether they have assets to protect or have nothing – DO NOT depend solely on medicare? Retirees purchase a supplemental policy (private insurance), as medicare covers little. Those with nothing, also have medicaid. Disabled individuals also purchase a primary policy (private) as medicare is a (secondary) plan. And – as medicare coverage was and is continuously cut (as it is in Obamacare) and still in financial trouble – how smart is it to EXPAND IT? NOT.

    2. Competition does keep costs down. Private insurers are highly regulated, and they can be sued, fined, etc. When the Fed. gov’t denies you, fails you, will you go to another country? Does the private person SUE the fed. gov’t – with ease or success? Of course not.

    3. Does anyone know how many many private citizens these private companies EMPLOY, INSURE, and support other private businesses due to their infrastructure, overhead, WHILE THEY PAY TAXES and need to maintain reserves in order to PAY HUGE CLAIMS? In our current economy – is it smart to destroy a dependable private business? IN FAVOR OF FED. GOV’T TAKE OVER?

    Obamacare IS destroying our current system – which affects 300+ million, as they also insure the high risk, cover those on gov’t programs also. We do not have to accept this train wreck. We need to expect real solutions, and many have been suggested by GOP and favored by the majority. Repeal ACA to stop some of the destruction.

  142. I’m waiting for someone to step up and devote their political career to the idea that taxation, though a necessity, should not be a burden to the consumer in such industries as healthcare. The healthcare industry should be tax exempt in order to maximize it’s availability to the consumer by ensuring that taxation is not contributing to cost. Perhaps it’s me that should attempt this; I loathe politics.

    • Huh? Actually, to a large extent, it already is, or at least was until the criminal regime turned it into a redistribution scheme. The vast majority of Americans received their coverage via employers, who get to write it off as an expense … I believe the only folks that pay with after tax dollars are the private plans.

      • Not speaking of insurance, I’m talking about product and inventory. The purchase or leasing of equipment, consumable items and so forth are taxed. That cost is eventually rolled onto the consumer as all business taxes are, only with this product insurance must account for that overhead.

  143. Gen Powell was a fine man when he was in the 101st Airborne Division. He was a COL. Brigade Commander. But when he entered Politics I agree, he went to the other side. I was disappointed as well.

  144. The last thing we need is to expand government control over one of the most personal decisions, our health. Sir, I wrote about free market principled means by which we improve the American healthcare system.

    Right. Let the insurance companies continue to decide what treatment and medications you are allowed. No problems there?

  145. Thank you, Mr. West!! You expressed my sentiments perfectly. I, too, was a great admirer of General Powell and had hoped, at one time, he would be our first black president. But for those same reasons you’ve mentioned and many more, I’ve become very disappointed in his ability to lead our country and make decisions based on our Constitution and the sound, conservative principles he once embraced.

  146. You’ll never be the man General Powell is. He was an excellent military General who left the military in honor, and not in disgrace.

    In addition, he is correct about Obamacare, especially now that it the law of the land. A single payer system was originally in the ACA law, but the Republicans were against a single payer system and Obama changed it to satisfy the Republican’s, only to find out when the voting was done not one Republican voted for it.

    One of the few criticism you gave for Obamacare was just a single example where you mentioned the death rate for prostate cancer here vs. England that does have universal health care. That single example you gave has absolutely no relevancy in comparing healthcare systems. It’s very unlikely that our prostate death rate vs. England’s will ever change after Obamacare is fully implemented, and you know this to be true as well. The Republican party is who originally talked about universal health care and the plan that was passed was copied off of Romney’s Massachusetts health plan. You’re certainly allowed to be critical of Obamacare and compare it with other countries health care plans, but use relevant comparisons and the truth when you do.

    General Powell is still looked highly upon, but deserves to be displeased of Bush and Chaney for sending him into the UN to ask for their support invading Iraq with information both Bush and Chaney knew were lies. An honorable man like Powell is not one who would lie or misspeak on a situation if he knew were lies. And how could you accuse an honorable man like Powell of breaking his oath to the Constitution. The Bush administration is the one that approved of the government intrusion into private lies under the Patriot Act, which I’m sure you were all for. Of course, everything first had to approved of a secret court before anything could be done. That is one of the most outrageous claims you have made in your political career, and you’ve made plenty, so much in fact you embarrassed your constituents who decided one term was enough for them to elect a young man with no political experience over you.

    • Bless your little heart…you really poured it all out in your rant. I like it whenever LTC West rocks the boat and upsets people like you.
      Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

    • Total poppycock. Powell definetly betrayed principles that he supposedly at one time held dear. There is not a socialist medical system on the planet that comes close to the medical care system that we have built here in the U.S.A. In fact, the good doctors that work within those second rate systems (Canada, GB, etc), are sounding off in pretty big numbers about what a disaster we have created for ourselves. Most all of the innovation and advances made in health care worldwide, come out of our system, and then eventually get incorporated into socialist systems. With the ACA’s taxation and regulation, you can say goodbye to rapid improvements in medical technologies and products.

    • You can’t confuse a liberal with the facts. If you call a shot put a shot put, they’ll tell you it’s a bird because it’s known to fly and argue that to their dying day. Baker simply attacks the facts with wishful thinking saying, “It’s very unlikely that our prostate death rate vs. England’s will ever change after Obamacare is fully implemented, and you know this to be true as well.” Think about that statement, it’s nothing more than wishful thinking – no substance but attacks medical facts. That classic line, “you can’t handle the truth” was probably invented for liberals that invented political correctness to replace being factually correct so they could live in their fantasy world of make believe. Michael Savage nailed it when he wrote, “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.”

    • M.Baker–you clearly havn’tpaid much attention to Colin Powell– his Military decisions that we should not go all the way to Damascus–to remove the butcher of Bagdhad when we had the opportunity resulted in our having to return to do what we should have done –and would have done were it not for Colin Powell. Mr.West is a true Leader. I would follow him wherever he led. And his leadership is what saved lives. Colin Powell was good as a Platoon leader in Vietnam– But later I do have to question some of his command decisions.

      • Mr. West is a complete joke who’s constituents quickly saw how divisive he was and got rid of him after only1 term in office. You should ask his former constituents if he is a leader of not. And for a career military officer to put his gun next to his prisoner’s head and fire his pistol is not an honorable officer to most people. If he had refused to retire like they forced him to do, he would have been court marshaled and dishonorably discharged.

        Just keep believing he’s a leader, but most people obviously don’t agree with you.

      • R U kidding me ? The col,s action intercepted & prevented not 1 but several ambushes which undoubtedly prevented American deaths & casualities …..I did read why ! Pls read my last sentence of my post above

      • According to his own words, he claimed he was being threatened and was trying to find out who they were. There was no other soldiers being threatened except for himself.

        Think about it, why would the military have forced him to retire or be court marshaled if it was for the reasons you stated. Your reason for why he did it doesn’t make any sense for the military to act the way they did. For a high ranking military to forced one of their officers to retire, it has to be for a very good reason.

      • Your ignorance on the subject is showing. Try doing what most others do and inform yourself on this and other current news by going to other web sites besides the conservative sits such as FOX that tell you only what their listeners want to hear. FOX, Limbaugh, Hannity, and the other far right media breeds ignorance.

        Don’r bother replying because I’m not coming back to read your uninformed and ignorant comments.

    • Huh??? What planet are YOU on? Obama changed something to “satisfy the Republicans”??? Man, you need to stop smoking that funky weed!!!

      Obama has NEVER relented on ANYTHING to meet anybody half way … ever. Frankly, given the pathetic nature of the opposition party, he has not had to. You look at the latest budget fiasco, and the Lying King did not bend an inch … not on budget (they fully funded EVERYTHING), not on debt celing (they gave him unlimited spending until February) … NOTHING.

      Obama has rewritten the … ahem … law … for his own political gains ONLY … and THAT is exactly what the law was written for … to give demoncrapts absolute power so that they could hand out goodies to their loyal constituencies. The other thing ACA will do is completely destroy the private health care market, leaving the only option an iron fisted, top down government controlled system … which was the goal from the beginning.
      BTW … this comes out of the mouths of the demoncrapts, word-for-word … so get your talking point lies correct. Obama would never admit to doing anything to “satisfy the Republicans”. Try pulling your head out of your butt so you can hear their lies correctly!

    • The info used for Iraq invasion came from the Mousad & British intel At that time EVERYONE thought that was the situation. obtw where do U think Assad got all those chem. weapons…….maybe from across the Iraqi border ? U think ??

      • Let’s edumcate Mr. Baker. Yes Assad received Tabun and Sarin gas from Saddam, who was his closest cohort and fellow Baathist. General Georges Sada documents it in his book, “Saddam’s Secrets.”
        So the great distortion and battle cry over missing WMDs is from ignorance on the left.
        They would rather not see any of the facts known now-does not fit their narrative, constructed to vilify President Bush. That along with their other lie that VP Cheney and Halliburton contrived to cheat Iraq out of oil. Where oh where is this hidden oil profit? Please show me.
        The Iraqis I met in 2005 were coming around to trusting the U.S. despite their hardships-raising up the “sons of Iraq” movement where men from Sunni areas joined the fight against foreign invaders. This I saw first hand, from the Sheik of the Tiger Tribe. So despite the terrible price we paid in blood there, the stability was returning. Enter the great Messiah BO.
        He decides to use a ruse about inability to get a SOFA with Maliki…one of the easier things to do-and brags that He will not leave a single one of our boys to die there at the same time. Turns out he now wishes to bury his action, since that is inconvenient. It would have been smarter to leave forces in country-as was done in South Korea and others, to stabilize the indigenous peoples.
        All of the bull crap about Carl Rove being the hated Mephisto, deceiving America about who GWB really is..don’t waste your time with Baker’s insanity. Honestly the man, Bush was neither a savior nor demon. It is the propensity of the left to deify their leaders, and conversely to assign heinous intentions to the right. At least we did not have Al Gore in office when we were attacked.

  147. just goes to show you he never was a man of principle and just another fraud in our govt that will say or do anything at anytime to expedite their pockets

  148. I can’t believe a man whom I thought was so intelligent could stoop so low. Wonder how much he is being paid off to say all of that.

  149. I remember that it was a bid deal for the main stream “news” media when they announced “republican” retired Gen. Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama’s second term. About the same time, 500 retired generals and admirals endorsed Mitt Romney for president in a full page ad in the Washington Times but that was ignored. So much for balance. Anyhow, just what “republican” principals in the constitution does the “alleged” republican general stand for because I don’t recall hearing any?

  150. I whole heartily agree. I once held him in the highest regard as well. All he had to do was ask and he would have had my support for President of this great land. As you, I am now totally disillusioned with his position on a great many issues. Makes me wonder if I am that bad of a judge of character or what happened to make a strong and experienced man of integrity give up his principles.

    • He saw the light after the Bush scam and fraud. Sending our service men and women into a war based on lies and deceit was the last straw. Too bad you were not smart enough to figure it out.

  151. I have always said that not all Republicans are truly Conservatives. Look at how all of the representatives are voting in Congress and you will see which ones are Liberals and not Conservatives. We need to start doing some background checks on our Representatives.

    • Republican FAILED to perform due diligence on George W. Bush before they elected him as President. Karl Rove did an outstanding job setting up Bush and following through with his fake and fraud persona. Most fell for it but some of us did not.

      • “FAILED to perform due diligence on George W. Bush before they elected him as President”… you mean like the type of due diligence done on BHO?
        Everything anyone knew about him was what he told us and wrote in his books. The books, later described by the author as being more allegorical than factual.
        The book jacket, later denied as truthful, as it clams he was born in Kenya. Did you know that when you voted for him?
        His first act as president on the day after he was sworn in, was to make it illegal to acquire information from his records of his past without 30 days prior approval. Did you know that?
        Voluntarily forfeited his license to practice law, to avoid an impending investigation into his past identities, having lied on his law association application in the state of Illinois (public record). Did you know that before you voted for him?
        Spent in excess of $2Million -unprecedented- to seal all records regarding his past, including his spectacular(?) grades in school.
        With so much allegory and denied ‘facts’ concerning his past and identity, what exactly was the ‘diligence’ part?

  152. Gen Powell and Gen Benedict Arnold were both men of principle and trust. Both changed sides. Both made great contributions to America. Who failed…us or them?

  153. Colin Powell lost any support he had from me when he said Our flag was nothing but brightly colored strips of cloth that could be desecrated at will as protected speech. In fact looking back his comments in Crisis that skin color could not be rightly compared to sexual orientation. That calling it the same thing was a “convenient but invalid argument.” is just about the last thing he said I can agree with. I respect him for his service — and he was a rising star as a Military leader–problem is his politics have never agreed with me.

  154. Sadly, when a person, once held in such high esteem among all Americans, puts their race over common sense they can expect to lose the once over whelming huge support and esteem they held. Obama has been a disgrace not because he is the 1st Black President, but he has been so incompetent and arrogant while doing little but taking extravagant vacations on our dollar. All while most of the rest of America makes cuts in their budget which sometimes means cutting out or skimming down their vacations.

    • MR Dan, those little holidays they have been tapping us for is like a sparkler, to what he is doing. Every move he has mad since he entered the White House has been to weaken the United States in every area possible, to cause as much pain and suffering for the people, I think that was the purpose of the “ObamaCare”, the VA Hosp fiasco. He shows no respect for the Constitution, and changing laws to suit his needs, to strip the guns from the citizens, eaves drop in all areas, you know as well or better than I, the things he has done. My point is that he has done all this in support of the Taliban, preparing a weakened country with their hands tied for the murderers to come in and kill the Infidels, who by their definition, are the Christians. I’m aware we need the House and the Senate majority to make a move to impeach him, but he is sure making hay while the sun shines. Egypt files suite against Obama & Hillary for aiding and abetting the Taliban.

    • GW Bush took more time off than any President in history. Get the facts before posting such nonsense. Like always, you forget what Bush left us, the worst recession since the Great Depression. Massive debt, poor stock market, unemployment galore, financial collapse and two wars, one illegal. Obama inherited the biggest mess in US history and it would have been the same even if a Republican go the job. How dumb are you people?

      • Time off means “not in official meetings”
        GWB spent time at his ranch conducting official meetings with other members of government, there at his ranch (at his expense) with him.
        Barack Hussein Obama, just in his first term, spent in excess of $2Billion on vacations and shopping trips outside the country, where taxpayer dollars were spent outside the US, to the aggrandizement of the president and his family, friends and retinue.
        He has played more golf in his first term than his predecessor played in two. He has skipped more Security Briefings (60%) than any president in history. He has ignored the Congressional vote by issuing EOs, expressly intent on circumventing the Will of The People buy the votes of their representatives in Congress, than any other president in history.

        No American citizen, who actually understands the principles on which this country was founded, could take pride in this president’s actions. Those who would see it “fundamentally transformed” (which means “changed at the foundations of its existence”) would cheer him on; even as the Communist Party USA has done, by their endorsements for both of his elections.

      • Man, you’re stupid. I have just read your remarks and have learned that you have all the talking points of all the liberal websites. Parrot.

  155. What Colin Powell stated was 100% correct. Bush and his sad group of cronies destroyed America on so many fronts it’s why Obama won 2 terms and Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the USA. And yes, you can totally blame the Bush administration for their lies, deceit, wars, cons, destruction of job and the economy including the massive debt they gave the American people. Borrowing money from China to give the top 1% tax breaks. There isn’t enough room here to list everything but the people spoke and they, like me, will NEVER FORGET!

    • Unfortunately you are 100% wrong. The people did not speak, the young and the blacks spoke. They are now afraid of what they did and they won’t be accepting the BS that they fell for last time. You can see it in the polls. With 33% approval rating the president couldn’t buy another win. Oops did I just accusing him of buying the last one….. with all those freebies.

      • The people did speak. Look at the percent black in this country and tell me they are the people that had enough black votes to win an election, right. Your freebies were around way before Bush so stop the lies. Your party of hate has done all the thinking for you and you’re just repeating what they want you to promote. Republicans have stopped everything Obama has tried to accomplish by voting again him. Now that is also 100% fact. Don’t worry about it because Hillary will be the next President. Few trust the party of hate, lies, misrepresentation, spin and brainwashing. Polls only count election day so enjoy!

      • Excuse me but you didn’t read my response or perhaps you were writing your racist remark prior to understanding what I said. It was the YOUNG PEOPLE and the blacks that fell for Obama’s lies and freebees. Bush gave about 1/4 as many freebees as Obama. Obama has quadrupled the number of people on welfare. Hillary couldn’t be elected dog catcher. But I shouldn’t be wasting my time educating you. You obviously haven’t spent time keeping in touch with politics.

      • Racist remarks? Is that the best you can do? Reading into things that aren’t there again by the sound of it. I read your young people cop-out remarks. I clearly remember Bush driving this country into the ground but you do not. Obama inherited the biggest mess since the Great Depression or did you conveniently forget that too? Look at the amount of people on welfare in Republican states, Texas for one. Republicans love to blame everything on anyone but themselves. I don’t need to live on Republican hate sites like so many here do where they authors do the thinking for you. The national debt is out of control due to Republican war machine started under Reagan that couldn’t balance a budget if he tried. You sir are so brainwashed it’s pathetic. Hillary will be the next President because your Mormon buddy was a joke. West has NO CHANCE at all and another poor choice for the “desperate party that the wealthy get even wealthier from when they brainwash the average Joe”. Follow your Wizard of Oz and enjoy the hate machine like a good servant.

      • I was born in Texas and until this year lived there. I am 65 y/o so thanks for the ‘young people cop-out remarks.’ I graduated from my Doctorate of Science while Reagan was still in office. Yes, I bought my first house and the mortgage rate was 18% but that was because he had such a mess left to him that he was cleaning up. But he had a vision and he implemented the vision and it worked. Far from the ‘no vision’ of the Community Organizer in Chief.
        Texas has a high rate of welfare due to one thing, illegal aliens. Take a look at the statistics and you’ll be able to see the trend.
        Reagan had to re-build the military because his predecessor had cut it so badly – much like Obama is doing today. It will have to be re-built by the next President.
        Budgets have been balanced every year since Reagan until Obama when they quit issuing a budget. The budgets may have been changed due to things like 9/11 and the Iraq War, etc. but who could have envisioned them.
        I haven’t picked a presidential candidate because I haven’t heard their visions. You obviously have picked Hillary. I don’t think she will be picked as the nominee. She has too many bad things in her closet.
        Get a life.

      • “Texas has a high rate of welfare due to one thing, illegal aliens” – illegal aliens are NOT counted and never have been. You Ronny Reagan like GH Bush gave amnesty to millions of illegals opening the door to millions more coming to the US waiting their turn. That is FACT! The national debt is due to out of control spending by Reagan, Ford, and both Bush boys. We went to the point of no return under GW Bush and his phoney baloney war in Iraq that had NOTHING TO DO WITH 911. Your buddy GW did absolutely nothing for the people of Texas while his cronies profited just like the Iraq war profiteers (top 1%). Texas was never in debt until Bush came along. As for your Republican Presidents balancing the budget that is a load of hog wash. They are the ones that took the US over the edge and even if Romney would have became President, there was no way it could have done anything because we were over the edge thanks to GW Bush. We are now paying for Bush tax cuts that was the dumbest thing to do in US history. Borrowing trillions for tax cuts and paying trillions for his illegal war in Iraq. I also live in Texas and can not be brainwashed like the rest of the knuckleheads that thrive on these types of sites where hate, misinformation, deceit and out right lies take people for suckers. Your Republican puppet masters are the only winners, not you. The Republican talk shows, hate sites and con jobs are using people like you as suckers. Time for you to perform your own due diligence instead of letting “them” do the thinking for you. If GW Bush can become President (coke head, drunk, insider trader and plain dumb ass), anyone can, even you.

      • On one point -the rest too misguided for me to continue reading them- when an illegal takes a job, a US taxpaying citizen cannot hold that same job. This leads to the unemployment of US citizens, as the number of illegals (non-US citizens) add people, though not themselves, to the welfare rolls. Statistics can be used, by obscuring the facts and the truth, to tell any story you like. Though not scientific, it is politically very expedient among the less-educated constituency.
        As most people get their information from the mainstream media, if at all, and the MSM does not report all the facts (even editing audio/video to tell a story, contrary to facts as they happened); and as every dictatorship knows, control the media and you control the vote, is it any wonder that the country which has fallen to #17 on the list of developed nations, as to quality of its education, does little to educate themselves, and votes according to their ignorance of facts?

        Every candidate, who ran against this president, had higher grades in school. No one pays $2million dollars to hide their grades in school, unless they were really horrific. So the puppet who accepted millions from the banking industry wins. No one is surprised.

  156. Colin Powell is a real black conservative, not a race-hustler like Allen West who says gays/liberals/immigrants should be sent into concentration camps and then responds to criticism by saying “You disagree just because I’m black, right?” I served in the US Army under Powell, and he was ten times the leader this war criminal Mr. West is.

  157. Colin Powell has revealed himself as just a Charlie McCarthy dummy ready to mouth the Progressive/Liberal party line. It makes one also suspect whether or not he had any military cajones at all.

    • I too was one of the many that held General Powell up as a real live Epitome of a Leader. I read all his books and briefings. I was spellbound by the knowledge of his heritage and his legacy. I was also spellbound by his turncoat antics when I lost favor of him. I no longer care for him, at all.

      • The man saw the Bush/Republican scam first hand and his conscience made him change parties and all you people do is run the man into the ground. Just look at what the illegal war in Iraq has done!!!
        No wonder there are so many Republican hate sites out there. What a pathetic bunch.

      • And now Obamacare and single payer is Bush’s fault? Will the ‘blaming others’ syndrome never end?

  158. Colin Powell witnessed the biggest con job in US history and watched our troops die in Iraq for nothing, a war that we should never have entered, period. He also witnessed th evil of the Republican party under Bush and Cheney and switched sides because of it and now you disrespect the man that served his country well. This is why you will not see another Republican in the While House for many, many years. We can’t afford what they have done to not only bankrupt the country but to prosper as war profiteers. The only winners are the wealthy Republicans while they use the average Republican supporter as a sucker. What has the Republican party done for you? Not a damn thing.

    • That they ‘died for nothing’ was brought about by Obama’s removal of the peace keepers, allowing all hell (and ISIS) to break loose as a result.
      Up until then, they had fought, and some died, to allow for free elections, and a people deciding their own fate. But for liberals, who believe that government should be the dispensary for everything, all healthcare, food, benefits, jobs, housing, retirement, being responsible for one’s own fate is a terrifying and repulsive thought.
      And according to the US military reports, more men and women have died in battle under Obama as Commander in Chief, than died in all of the wars when GWB was their Commander. By more than double. To serve under Barack Hussein Obama is more than twice as deadly, as to serve under President Bush. If government numbers mean anything.

      Domestically, to have BHO running this country, we now have a record number (and percentage) of people not in the workforce due to a lack of job opportunity, a record number of people (and % of pop.) receiving government assistance for food, a record number of people (and % of pop.) living in poverty, and a record number of people who are not US citizens, receiving money, food, medicine, housing at US citizen expense, than under any other president.
      Don’t compare presidents, if facts upset you.

      • ISIS originated under Bush’s illegal war in Iraq. It was up to the Iraqi army that the US supplied and trained to defend themselves. Bush never had an exist strategy while the Republicans, as always, must blame someone else for their mistakes, These are the facts, no political BS that are fed to Republicans by their own party. Bottom line is war with Iraq was based on lies and misinformation. A war that should never have happened, period. Supporting a party that places war for its people above all is not only evil but no regard for the soldiers that fought. Everyday PTSD is taking someones life due to Bush and Cheney. I can not accept that and either should any American. Brainwashing, lies and deceit are the Republican party tools and suckers like you eat it up. Heaven help us all if the party of hate get in again. Americans have very short memories.

  159. col. allen west (ret.) you sir, have ten times the character of colin powell. i always thought him a closet liberal and a sellout to the dem’s . your the real deal ! merry christmas sir .


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