Colin L. Powell Quotes

I’m the heir of a proud legacy of Black soldiers who went before me, the buffalo soldiers of the post-Civil War period, the Tuskegee Airmen. And what was put into me was that we served and sacrificed at a time when our nation was not prepared to serve us or sacrifice for us. But we […]

Trump refuses to acknowledge that he wasn’t reelected. He has people who go along with him on that.

There were other opportunities, making a lot more money than I am now. Every time I have faced up to this choice, I just find the satisfaction of being a soldier and the love of my profession overwhelming and more important to me than making a great deal of money or doing something I may […]

One of the fondest expressions around is that we (United States) can’t be the world’s policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop?

It’s really not a number I’m terribly interested in. (When asked about the number of Iraqi people who died in the 1991 “Desert Storm” campaign)

The most effective means of ensuring the government’s accountability to the people is an aggressive, free, challenging, untrusting press.

I returned to City College in 1955, commuting back and forth to my parents’ home in the Hunts Point section of New York City’s South Bronx. I did not have to be an urbanologist to see that the old neighborhood was deteriorating. The decline was just the latest chapter in the oldest story in New […]

I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units. Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their […]

Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.