Colin Powell’s Complicated Legacy

Colin Powell’s Complicated Legacy
Colin Powell’s Complicated Legacy

Colin Powell’s Complicated Legacy

Colin Powell’s life was marked by public service, first as a soldier in Vietnam and then eventually as President George W. Bush’s secretary of state. By that time he had already held many prominent positions in government, including national security adviser and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was the first African American to hold each of these roles.

But Powell’s story will always be entwined with the Iraq War. Although he argued against the invasion in private White House meetings, he did see it through. And he famously defended the strategy on a national stage before the United Nations.

NPR National Correspondent Don Gonyea reports on Powell’s enormous and complicated legacy.

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