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Woodward Primes General Powell as Next Secretary of Defense

In his interview with Larry King, journalist Bob Woodward has come out and said outright that Colin Powell is the best candidate for Secretary of Defense after Robert Gates steps down from that role in 2011.

General Powell, as Woodward has pointed out numerous times, is a walking embodiment of the history of American wars since Vietnam, its success and failures.  Keep in mind that as Chair of the Joint Chief he told President George Herbert Walker Bush, that after killing Saddam’s army the United States needed to get out and leave things as they might then be.  Also keep in mind that he delivered a speech at the United Nations that now stands as something of a shadow of Adlai Stevenson’s pointed and powerful denunciation of Soviet international politics.

Former Secretary of State, Powell might soon be the future Secretary of Defense of the United States.  It makes sense: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, National Security Advisor, one time Presidential hopeful, and finally Secretary of State. Demotion or otherwise, the role of Secretary of Defense looks like his for the refusing.

But he won’t.  Not if his Commander in Chief asks him to step up.



Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

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