HOUSTON Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is remembered. Kovid had confirmed he had cancer. He was the first U.S. Secretary of State to be black. Powell played a key role in shaping US foreign policy during the Republican presidency.
His popularity increased after the victory of the US-led alliance during the Gulf War. However, George W. As Bush’s secretary of state, his reputation was tarnished forever when he appeared before the United Nations to advocate for the Iraq war. However, he was highly respected at home and abroad. In 2008, he spearheaded Barack Obama’s campaign.
Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5, 1937, in Harlem, New York, the son of a Jamaican immigrant. Powell attended City College School in New York, where he attended ROTC, led the Precision Drill team and earned the high rank offered by the Corps and Cadet Colonel. After graduating in 1958, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and later served in South Vietnam in the 1960s, where he was twice wounded in a helicopter crash. In 1979 he was promoted to Brigadier General.
During the Bush administration, his involvement in some U.S. military operations, including Operation Panama in 1989, the Gulf War in 1991, and US humanitarian intervention in Somalia, was notable. He became the most trusted spokesman for the government. He has also received numerous notable awards.
Powell was nominated as a presidential candidate in the 1996 election. However, he refused to take part in the competition.