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colin powell


America's modern addiction to the big stick

The history of US interventions shows that Washington's 'first use' policy of military force is a relatively recent phenomenon.

Middle East

Reflecting on the 'Powell Doctrine' and why we should revive it

The former secretary of state ignored his instincts and helped set off one of the worst foreign policy blunders in history.

Military Industrial Complex

Powell spent career trying to avoid another Vietnam, but in one speech made a new one

That the central undertaking of his professional life had ended in abject failure could hardly have escaped his attention.

Middle East

Remembering Powell's revealing exchange with Madeleine Albright

The 'reluctant warrior' said he thought he would 'have an aneurysm' after her full-throated plea for military action in Bosnia.