What would happen if Colin Powell became president of the United States instead of George W. Bush?

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  1. Sam Biswas Banned

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    Presume if Colin Powell ran for the oval office and manage to persuade the media and the public interest to vote for him, and after the inauguration, how would it play out differently under a Powell administration?

    Colin Powell, (born April 5, 1937), is a United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American (well part African) appointed to that position. He also served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
     
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  2. ennobee Well-Known Member

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    I am sceptical. Seeing how easy he was blindsided, used and then dumped by George W. Bush and Condoleeza Rice during the build up to the Iraq war, every halfway skilled interest group could have played him the same way. He was and will be a much better military man then a politician. I think he would make a great statesman ... In a country like Germany or New Zealand where the job involves more diplomacy then politicking. For the US? He'd be better of as ambassador-at-large or special envoy to the UN. For US president not so much.
     
  3. Cook Support iCAN Banned

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    No invasion of Iraq for starters. And Afghanistan would have seen the involvement of far fewer US ground forces over a much shorter period. And probably no Patriot Act. Certainly no so called War on Terror.
     
  4. TimTurner Cartoon Phanatic

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    Party coalitions probably stay a lot like the 90s as of present day.
     
  5. Kaze Well-Known Member

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    I would vote for Powell.
     
  6. Tovarich Lumpen Proletariat's Proliest Lump Banned

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    On a personal level, the poor guy would lose his wife.

    When the idea was floated of him running, he shot it straight down, saying his wife insisted she'd leave rather than watch him get gunned down by a racist if he won.

    He didn't sound like he was joking, either.
     
  7. SsgtC Ready to Call it a Day

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    He wasn't. At that time, it was pretty much accepted as fact that the first African American President was practically guaranteed to get gunned down by one racist group or another.
     
  8. Sicarius yeeeeehaw

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    I don't think 9/11 would happen on Powell's watch.
     
  9. Cook Support iCAN Banned

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    Why?