When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

He answered by saying, ‘Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.’

You could have heard a pin drop..

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  1. Holte Ender

    February 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

    What a great response by General Powell. Things have changed now, in Iraq and Afghanistan fallen American are flown home, but in WWII for instance, it would have been logistically impossible to bring home the 100s of thousands who died, too busy caring for, and transporting an equal number of wounded. I have seen the military graveyards of northern Europe, all politicians should go there, before they make decisions about sending troops anywhere.

  2. Four Dinners

    February 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Odd. He’s called Colin. I know a few Colin’s and they are all, without exception, called Colin.

    How come this one’s called CO-LIN?

    Distinctly odd.

  3. Jerry Critter

    February 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    When you are empire building for corporations, you do not take land, you take the economy.

    • Holte Ender

      February 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Good point Jerry, when the British were in the business of Empire building, they took both land and the economy, which pissed the locals off somewhat, so the US took a different tack, if you don’t count Hawaii or the Philippines.

  4. teeluck

    February 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    That was a great response

  5. MadMike

    February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I have long been an admirer of Colin Powell, at least until he joined the Team of Dubya. I think he is working hard, however, to rehabilitate his image.

  6. SJ

    February 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    @Mad Mike,
    I can’t imagine what Powell’s sleepless nights are like though. The regret tumbling through that man’s brain must be positively toxic.
    I’ll save my tears for all the damage wrought and lives ended though.

  7. MadMike

    February 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Well said SJ. I have thought about that from time to time. CP could have been the first black president.

  8. SJ

    February 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    @Mad Mike,
    a lot of people did, myself included.

  9. osori

    February 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Wasn’t Powell the guy put in charge of covering up My Lai? Not a big jump to lying in front of the UN.

  10. Hill

    February 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Too little, too late, Powell.

    YOUR credibility is what sold the American people on the clusterfuck in Iraq.

    No quarter. No mercy.

    Go see a priest if you need absolution.

    No quarter. No mercy.

  11. osori

    February 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    You go Hill !

  12. MadMike

    February 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I think he has spent his last dime also Hill.

  13. MadMike

    February 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Oso I am nor sure he was “in charge” of covering up My Lai, although it was covered up. You have my attention and now I have to look into that….