Gingrich said if Rice "has a grievance" with anybody over her clash with Republicans on Benghazi, it should be with the president.
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great idea because Kerry is a disaster
This one makes sense and actually, so would Condi Rice but she won't do it. Powell would also be a great choice for Sec. of Defense.
This would be the smartest move Obama ever made if he dared to do it.
Not one of Newt's more brilliant statements! Perhaps someone can mention anything Powell has done of note in any of this various positions in government? He has been a whiner and supporter of Dear Leader of late and he was the one that covered for his chief aide in the exceedingly stupid Valarie Plame fiasco. He also was a dud during the Gulf War since his plans were thrown out and he was one of the leaders to halting action after the mass Iraqi casualties on the road out of Kuwait. By not ousting Saddam we got the second Iraq war with more US losses and ultimately both a Dem congress in 2006 and Dear Leader Obama in 2008. Never understood why he was gifted with the "reputation" he has since I never saw anything he did of substance.
Affirmative Action Colin Powell, with a lackluster career in the military. He would be better than Kerry, the white flag waver.
Forget Powell. That would be no more 'bipartisan' than nominating Charlie Crist. My guess is that both of these men will learn (if they already haven't) that no one trusts a turncoat.
So far there has not been a name mentioned that is fitting for either the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Defense. I can think of many Republicans that would fill these positions but it is hard to find any Democrats and certainly no person that would cater to the Democrats from the Republican Party, either. Obama has a real job ahead of him; he may have been re-elected but there are not too many qualified or willing to serve iwth him.
Agreed, Obama has no choices for these positions from his party.
Prefer Powell anyday over Kerry.
Powell has NOT changed party affiliation. He prefers to openly support Obama and that is his preference.
John, I am not certain why you are putting the blame for not getting Saddem Hussein the first time on Powell; it was Congress and the Bush Sr. that did not want to do this; Powell would have been under their orders.
Where you may not have cared for him, he did not go around the world apologizing for the U.S., he did not alienate our allies, and he seemed to do a decent job. I would trust him over Hillary Clinton any day as Secretary of State and as for he or Kerry, hands down it would be Powell.
Linda: Of course it was Bush1 who made the final decision to halt more action in the first Gulf War but Powell was one of the leading voices for ending the military action at the time as was Howard Baker if I remember correctly. Powell's apologizing or not isn't an issue but his philosophy and past actions are. Back in the late 90s when he was being talked about as a POTUS candidate for the GOP his positions on many issues as well as his real lack of any substantial accomplishments made him a non starter in my book. There are a number of other GOP losers like Lugar that could also be pushed by Dear Leader to be "bi partisan" like Hagel who are nice big government/internationalist types. How they would be any better than an out and out loser like Kerry baffles me since the policies will be the same in the end. Look back at Gates at Defense or "The Hood" (Ray LaHood) at Transportation and tell me how those choices helped the country. Anyone Dear Leader appoints must be willing to go along with his radical agenda items so would at best be a "bipartisan" front man and fig leaf anyway. Kerry is sufficiently stupid that his stupidity will be evident when ever he makes a statement. Can anyone name any cabinet officer or "czar" in the administration that has a functioning brain cell? The only action were a little sense appears to have crept in was when Hillary and Leon pushed for the OBL raid to go forward and that was as much political as anything else because failure to act at that time would have come out and been a huge political liability.