Powell, Colin L.

1st African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Secretary of State, oversaw 1991 “Desert Storm” & 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein

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(B. 1937) American statesman and retired 4-star US Army general, 65th Secretary of State (G. W. Bush) 2001-05, the 1st African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–89), as Commander of the US Army Forces Command (1989) and was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–93), during the Gulf War. Raised in the South Bronx, while at school he worked at a local store and he picked up Yiddish from the shopkeepers and customers. He was a professional soldier 1958-93. As a captain in the Vietnam War, he was a South Vietnamese Army adviser 1962-63 and was wounded. He returned to Vietnam as a major in 1968 with the Americal Division (23rd Infantry), then as assistant chief of staff of operations for the Americal Division. He was senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Weinberger, whom he assisted during the 1983 invasion of Grenada and the 1986 airstrike on Libya. In 1986, he took over the command of V Corps in Frankfurt, and, after the Iran Contra scandal, became Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor, retaining his rank as lieutenant general. serving 1987-89. In 1989, Powell was promoted to General and briefly served as the Commander in Chief, Forces Command; later that year, President George H.W. Bush selected him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving 1989-93. During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including the1989 invasion of Panama in 1989 to remove Manuel Noriega from power, and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. As a military strategist, he advocated maximizing the potential for success and minimizes casualties, including the use of overwhelming force, which he applied to Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Powell eventually declared himself a Republican and began to campaign for Republican candidates in 1995. In the 2000 election Powell campaigned for Senator McCain and later George W. Bush after the latter secured the Republican nomination. Bush appointed Powell Secretary of State. After the September 11 attacks, his job became critically important in managing America's relationships with foreign countries to secure a stable coalition in the War on Terrorism. Powell came under fire for his role in building the case for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Powell was initially opposed to a forcible overthrow of Saddam, preferring to continue a policy of containment. However, Powell eventually agreed to go along with the Bush administration's determination to remove Saddam. He came under fire for his role in building the case for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Powell initially opposed a forcible overthrow of Saddam, preferring to continue a policy of containment. However, Powell agreed to go along with the Bush administration's determination to remove Saddam with involvement of the international community in the invasion, as opposed to a unilateral approach. He was successful in persuading Bush to take the case of Iraq to the United Nations, and in moderating other initiatives. Powell was placed at the forefront of this diplomatic campaign. He addressed a plenary session of the UN Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, to argue in favor of military action. Citing numerous anonymous Iraqi defectors, Powell asserted that "there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more" and that there was "no doubt in my mind" that Saddam was working to obtain key components to produce nuclear weapons. A 2004 report by the Iraq Survey Group concluded that the evidence that Powell offered was inaccurate. During the 2008 election, Powell endorsed Barack Obama for President. Color 10 x 8 SP while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bust portrait in 4-star bemedaled uniform, flags behind him.

Condition: Very good, minor vertical crease through “L” in signature.
Type:Photograph






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