Colin Powell has made bizarre comments that echo the recent declaration
by Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden that there will be an "international
crisis" early into Barack Obama's presidency that will test
the new president by forcing him to make unpopular decisions.
Speaking on meet the press two days ago, Powell
officially endorsed Obama and also made the following statement:
"The problems will always be there and there's
going to be a crisis which will come along on the 21st, 22nd
of January that we don't even know about right now.
So I think what the President has to start to
do is to start using the power of the oval office and the power
of his personality to convince the American people and convince
the world that America is solid, that America is going to move
forward, we are going to fix our economic problems, we're going
to meet out overseas obligations."
Watch Powell make the comment at 2.35 into the following
Is Colin Powell referring to a theoretical crisis
that could occur at any time? If so why does he choose a specific
date, within the first two days after the inauguration? Also why
does he refer to general problems that the new president will
have to deal with in a separate context? We are already in an
economic crisis, everyone knows that, so what new crisis is Powell
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Whatever you read into Powell's comments, they sound
somewhat bizarre, particularly as they come on the back of Joe
Biden's "guarantee" of a "generated crisis"
to "test the mettle" of the new leader within six months
of the new presidential term:
What does Biden mean by "generated crisis"?
It is an undeniably strange term to use.
His reference to John F. Kennedy indicates that
Biden may have been referring some kind of geopolitical crisis
in the vain of the Cuban missile crisis of April 1961. The confrontation
between the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba at the height
of the Cold War came within the first four months of JFK's presidency.
Obama's running mate made the comments at a fundraising
event in Seattle two days ago, on the same day Powell also spoke
of a coming crisis.
We shouldn't be surprised at Powell's comments however,
given that the former Secretary of State seemingly has a knack
for predicting events before they take place.
Previous to the beginning of the Iraq war in February
2003, an audio tape containing a voice described as that of Osama
Bin Laden was touted
as proof positive of Al Qaeda links with Saddam Hussein.
Hours before the tape was discovered and aired by
TV channel Al Jazeera, Powell
announced in the US Senate that a “Bin Laden
tape is coming proving Iraq’s links with Al-Qaeda.”
This led some to raise the question how does Colin Powell know
what Al Jazeera are going to broadcast before they do?
In an amazing and timely coincidence, the tape came barely a
week after Powell's attempts to link Al Qaeda and Saddam in his
botched presentation of lies and exaggerations before the UN Security