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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Colin Powell Sounds off On Gitmo, Habeas Corpus, and Iraq

by Jay Allbritton
Colin Powell went on Meet the Press, and SURPRISE--the press wasn't there. He met Tim Russert instead. That happens to everyone who goes on that show.

I watched this interview, and Powell seemed pissed. I'm thinking his trip to the UN to pitch the Iraq War with the bullshit intel is not what he had in mind for a legacy.

It was like his soul was slowly burning and he had a wicked thirst for vengeance that not even ripping out Dick Cheney's pacemaker like Mola Ram in India Jones and the Temple of Doom and showing it to him before he dropped dead could quench. All of a sudden, Powell has become the Bill Munny of American politics.

From Think Progress:

This morning on NBC’s Meet the Press, Gen. Colin Powell strongly condemned the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling it “a major problem for America’s perception” and charging, “if it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo — not tomorrow, this afternoon.”

He also called for an end to the military commission system the Bush administration has created to try Guantanamo detainees. “I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system,” Powell said. He scoffed at criticism that the detainees would have access to lawyers and the writ of habeas corpus: “So what? Let them. Isn’t that what our system’s all about?”

“[E]very morning I pick up a paper and some authoritarian figure, some person somewhere, is using Guantanamo to hide their own misdeeds,” Powell said. “[W]e have shaken the belief that the world had in America’s justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open… We don’t need it, and it’s causing us far more damage than any good we get for it.”

(more, video)
At the end of the interview, Tim "The Press" Russert asked Powell who he planned on endorsing for President. Powell said it was too early. Russ asked if it would be a Republican. Good question because Powell responded with a terse, coldblooded "too early."

Ah...

Powell plans on endorsing the "best person". What a radical.

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