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Newt Gingrich: "Bring Back Colin Powell"
2 years ago
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama should nominate Colin Powell as secretary of state as a "bipartisan" gesture toward mending fences with Republican senators who rejected U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for the post.
 
"I actually think it would not be a bad idea for President Obama to seriously consider seeing if Colin Powell would come back out of retirement because Colin did endorse him," Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night.
 
"That might be a bipartisan step that would move us in a direction of a different kind of dialogue," he said, suggesting that Powell's moderate views would serve the country better than any other possible nominees to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


 
The Georgia Republican and former presidential candidate also dismissed as an "absurdity" suggestions by some in the administration that Rice was rejected by GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, as well as others, because she was black and a woman.
 
"The Republican Party did nominate Colin Powell, who became secretary of state. They did nominate Condoleezza Rice, who became secretary of state," Gingrich pointed out. "It would seem to me that on those grounds, [it would] be pretty hard to come back and say that the senators who had problems [with Susan Rice] were doing so for either racial or sexual reasons.
 
"They clearly have proven the willingness to work with African-Americans of both male and female," he added.
 
Gingrich said Republican objections to Rice as a possible nominee for secretary of state were based on one simple fact — that she did not tell the truth about terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya that took place on Sept. 11 of this year.
 
"Ambassador Rice misled the entire country in public, and she couldn't withstand the scrutiny of having lied to the American people," he added.

Gingrich said if Rice "has a grievance" with anybody over her clash with Republicans on Benghazi, it should be with the president.
 
"The fact is . . . she was sent out by the president to say things that were false. She was used for five shows in one Sunday to tell the American people something that was not true," he said.
 
"And I think if she has a complaint with anybody, it ought to be with President Obama, who sent her out there, using her politically, even though she was the U.N. ambassador."


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2 years ago

great idea because Kerry is a disaster

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

This would be the smartest move Obama ever made if he dared to do it.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

Affirmative Action Colin Powell, with a lackluster career in the military.   He would be better than Kerry, the white flag waver.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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. 

 

 

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

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