Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, dies at 84 of Covid complications

Asia's Tech News Daily

Photograph: Hillery Smith Garrison/AP

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state who played a pivotal role in attempting to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died from complications from Covid-19 aged 84, it was announced on Monday.

Powell, a retired four-star general who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the early 1990s, had been treated for Covid at Walter Reed national medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Announcing his death, his family said they had lost a “remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American”.

Powell was America’s first Black secretary of state, serving in that role under George W Bush from 2001 to 2005. Born in New York City, he was raised in the Bronx and educated through public schools before he entered the army.

He rose to occupy the top military position in the US government as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 1989 and 1993. In that role he presided over military crises including the invasion of Panama in 1989 and the first Gulf war in 1990-91.

But it was in the build-up to the contentious invasion of Iraq in 2003 that Powell became a household name. He was the face of the Bush administration’s aggressive attempt to get the world community to back the invasion, based on false claims of Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.

In February 2003, as secretary of state, Powell appeared before the UN security council and made categoric claims that the then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had biological weapons and was developing nuclear weapons. He said his intelligence was based in part on accounts of unidentified Iraqi defectors.

The invasion went ahead without UN authorisation. The following year the CIA’s own Iraq Study Group released a report that concluded that Hussein had destroyed the last of the country’s weapons of mass destruction a decade previously.

Powell stepped down as secretary of state in November 2004, following Bush’s re-election. He later insisted to reporters that he had tried to warn Bush of the consequences of invading Iraq, but had supported the president when the decision to proceed was taken.

In a statement on Monday, Bush called Powell “a great public servant, He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad.”

Tony Blair, who as British prime minister also backed the Iraq invasion, called Powell a “towering figure in American military and political leadership over many years. He inspired loyalty and respect … his life stands as a testament not only to dedicated public service but also a strong belief in willingness to work across partisan division in the interests of his country.”

After his time in government Powell remained a hugely influential commentator on US politics and public life. Over the years he grew increasingly distanced from his own Republican party, disillusioned by its rightward drift.

In 2008, despite party rivalries, he endorsed Barack Obama for president. When Donald Trump launched his bid for the White House, Powell became one of his leading critics.

He voted against Trump in both 2016 and 2020 and was scathing about leading Republicans who remained silent or actively embraced Trump’s lies. His excoriating criticism of Trump continued until months before he died – in January he said he was so disgusted by the insurrection of Trump supporters at the US Capitol that he no longer considered himself to be a Republican.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

UK's progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist

The emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is “closer to the start of the pandemic than the end”, one of Britain’s most senior scientific figures has warned, ... Read more »

Lenovo may have solved the WFH problem for good

Working from home can be tedious especially in a cramped apartment which is why Lenovo has announced the launch of a new initiative that will allow employees to work from ... Read more »

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes dramatic pole as Max Verstappen crashes out at final corner

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images) Lewis Hamilton will start the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on pole after a dramatic qualifying session in Jeddah. The Mercedes driver went fastest on his final ... Read more »

‘Just sitting there dead': study finds mass tree losses in NSW after severe drought

The drought and heatwaves that seared eastern Australia in the lead-up to the 2019-20 black summer bushfires killed as much as 60% of the trees in some areas that escaped ... Read more »

NHS could roll out all-in-one test for Covid, flu and RSV to ease winter pressures

test – NARONG SANGNAK/Shutterstock The UK is in talks to roll out an all-in-one test that can detect Covid, flu and RSV to help alleviate winter pressures facing the NHS. ... Read more »

Best white PC cases 2021: top chassis for your gaming computer

Choosing the best white PC case over the usual black is really a matter of preference. However, while it all boils down to taste, there are a few benefits to ... Read more »

‘Mr Loophole' calls for mobile phone ban at the wheel, despite defending clients for same offence

Nick Freeman poses for a photo in front of his Ferrari Portofino – Jon Super Motorists should be banned from using hands-free phones at the wheel, according to the lawyer ... Read more »

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson commissioned data on masks but didn't release it after it showed they were effective: report

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address in Jefferson City in January 2021.AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office asked the state health department ... Read more »

Lewis Hamilton to face no further action for yellow flag incident at Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

(AFP via Getty Images) Lewis Hamilton will face no further action after he was cleared of failing to ignore double yellow flags during practice at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. ... Read more »

IVF used by some to avoid passing on genetic diseases to offspring

IVF used by some to avoid passing on genetic diseases to offspring In vitro fertilization (IVF), widely known as a way to help infertile couples have babies, has taken on ... Read more »

Pestering women in the street to be outlawed

A new offence of public sexual harassment seems more likely, with the Law Commission likely to recommend it – Ian West/PA Wire Pestering women in the street or in pubs ... Read more »

English Teenager Finds Bronze Age Ax Using a Metal Detector

Items from one of two Bronze Age hoards, totaling around 200 artifacts, that were found near Royston, England. (Oxford Archaeology East via The New York Times) LONDON — In the ... Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks again, this time in its official cases

It’s been a busy week for those trying to keep tabs on the various leaks and rumors around the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, and we’ve got some more imagery to ... Read more »

Covid will pose threat to UK for next five years, experts warn

Coronavirus could be a serious issue for years to come (AFP via Getty Images) Covid will be a threat to the UK for at least the next five years, scientific ... Read more »

Shop Sur La Table's holiday sale and snag a top-rated Dutch oven for 74% off

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you’re planning on cooking for all your gatherings this holiday ... Read more »

How space is being used to track South Africa's critically endangered ecosystem

Conservationists in South Africa have developed a new app that will help them to monitor South Africa’s unique renosterveld landscapes using satellite images to detect when farmers are illegally encroaching ... Read more »

Omicron: what we know about the new COVID variant

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is the latest strain of the coronavirus to be designated a “variant of concern” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: more and more ... Read more »

Baby whose 'body is turning to stone' in race against time to fund miracle cure

Lexi Robins who suffers from super-rare condition Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). (SWNS) A couple are facing a desperate “race against time” to fund a miracle cure for their baby girl ... Read more »

New tools on Google for finding a doctor: Talking Tech podcast

Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current ... Read more »

Sony PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition pre-orders go live on December 6 at 12 noon

Looking to buy a PS5 in India, then you just might be in luck. The Sony PlayStation 5 will be back on shelves in India on December 6 at 12:00 ... Read more »

Where have the non-franchise blockbusters gone? To Netflix and Amazon, of course

It’s become fashionable of late for lauded A-list directors to express their dislike for superhero movies. The most profile was Ridley Scott, who said, among other things, that “their scripts ... Read more »

Buy now, pay later is a disaster waiting to happen this Christmas

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) is growing increasingly popular among UK shoppers, but many are oblivious to the dangers of the new payment practice, a report from Barclays suggests. The ... Read more »

A corporate Christmas party turned into the biggest Omicron 'super spreader event' outside South Africa, with up to 60 people infected

A student at Holtet high school in Oslo receives the first dose of Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 in the school’s auditorium on September 7, 2021.Heiko Junge/Getty Images In Norway, a ... Read more »

Is Nvidia GeForce Now RTX 3080 really the next generation of cloud gaming?

For over a year now, trying to get hold of a new graphics card has been a bit of a nightmare, thanks to the combination of a global pandemic and ... Read more »

Bomb squad called to ER after a patient turned up with a WWII artillery shell lodged in his rectum, police say

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester, England.Google A man presented at an emergency room in Gloucester, England, with a “munition in his rectum,” police say. Doctors removed the World War II ... Read more »

Silicon Valley's metaverse will suck reality into the virtual world — and ostracize those who aren't plugged in

Mark Zuckerberg showing his ‘metaverse‘ avatar during Connect 2021Facebook The metaverse could usher in a new era where we live more in the digital world than in reality. AR glasses ... Read more »

Omicron's 'wacko' combination of mutations has scientists split over whether it developed in humans or animals

A health staff member prepares a COVID-19 test at the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021.James D. Morgan/Getty Images The Omicron variant has ... Read more »

Wolves vs Liverpool live stream: how to watch Premier League from anywhere

Back in spitting distance of league leaders Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds head to Molineux this afternoon as they look to add to their run of three consecutive wins. Read on ... Read more »

Year in review: What the latest tech says about 2021 – and what it may tell us about 2022

New form factors, gadgets with a focus on family and more tech aimed to get our noses out of our smartphones – while still capturing life’s memorable moments. These are ... Read more »

The Huawei Mate V could arrive with a foldable heat pipe

There hasn’t exactly been a flood of leaks around the Huawei Mate V – supposedly a clamshell foldable that’s on the verge of launching – but we’ve heard some rumors ... Read more »

The Google Pixel Watch will be exactly what Wear OS needs

According to people familiar with the matter, Google is bringing out a Pixel Watch next year – a flagship device showing off Wear OS in the same way that the ... Read more »

From NFTs to Apple and the metaverse: Here's what you can expect in 2022

Just when we thought it was safe to get back into the real world, new COVID variants emerge to brush us back – continuing to transform all aspects of our ... Read more »

The skeleton of a Roman 'vaporized' just steps from the sea as he fled the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, found by archaeologists

Francesco Sirano, director of the excavations, near the skeleton of the last person who was trying to escape from Herculaneum during the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty ... Read more »

The Tech Weekender: Top news in the world of technology this week

Earlier this week, Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey stepped down from his position. Dorsey founded Twitter nearly 15 years ago on March 21, 2006. Dorsey said in ... Read more »

Nvidia RTX 2060 12GB won't have Founders Edition, sparking price concerns

Nvidia’s refresh of the RTX 2060 with 12GB of RAM (and pepped-up specs elsewhere) won’t have a Founders Edition, after a rather confusing apparent reversal of course when Team Green ... Read more »

More users can now install Android TV apps through their smartphone

Google has started rolling out functionality that enables users to install apps on their Android-enabled smart TVs through their phones.Now, users can finally install an app on their Android TV ... Read more »

6G will see convergence of terrestrial and satellite communication networks: DoT Secretary

The 6G broadband technology will ring in convergence of the currently used terrestrial and satellite communication networks for the first time and also change the way people interact with machines ... Read more »

West Ham vs Chelsea live stream: how to watch Premier League from anywhere

It’s east versus west as Thomas Tuchel’s Blues make the short trip to Stratford looking to maintain their place at the top of the table. Read on to find out ... Read more »

Black holes: what we think we know, we don't

It took , but . Schwarzschild’s solution describes the gravity of an isolated, spherical and unchanging object — the enigmatic black hole — but it was not understood for many ... Read more »

5G spectrum sale, network rollouts in Q2 next year: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Communications and IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Thursday said that by the second quarter of next year, the auction process of next generation or 5G airwaves and network rollouts would start ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic