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Colin Powell: Wise statesman or pawn?

The late US general was an inspiration for immigrants and Black Americans, but his role in the Iraq War did great damage.

When he retired from the military in the early 1990s, the former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell was one of the most trusted and admired leaders in the country.

But by the time he died on October 18, 2021, the role he played in selling the Iraq War to the American public had severely tarnished his reputation.

Powell’s biographer Karen DeYoung, a top editor at The Washington Post newspaper, tells host Steve Clemons that Powell regretted his role in the war but never admitted that he peddled lies in his infamous speech to the United Nations in February 2003.


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